Journal Prompts on Rest

Man wearing a t-shirt and shorts, with pale skin and dark hair, lying on a sectional sofa draped with a red blanket.
Here are a few prompts to reflect on what messages you were taught about rest, and how you would like to engage with it in the future.

The idea

Do you find journaling, or reflecting in other ways, helps you process and understand yourself, others, and the world better?

Here are a few journal prompts around the idea of rest.

The prompts

  • Are you open to examining your own perceptions of rest, leisure, and vacation?
  • What did you learn about rest growing up?
  • Were you encouraged to take time off, to play, or hide away in your room with a creative project? Or were you accused of frittering away time or pushed into a rigorous enrichment schedule?
  • Did your family take vacations? How were they spent?
  • How did your family view others who took time to rest and play?
  • What do you think of when you consider rest time, play time, and idle time? Then? Now?
  • How do you feel when you see other people engage in rest?
  • How would your wiser, best self like to engage with rest or relaxation? What’s keeping that from happening?
  • What would you like to say to the anxious parts of yourself about rest or relaxation?

I hope these spark some interesting thoughts.

Feel free to share any reflections in the comments, with others you trust, or to keep them to yourself.

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Heather Cook

Heather Cook

Hi, I’m Heather. I’m an autistic writer, advocate, and life coach, and I'm building a life I love. I help other autistics to build their own autism-positive life. I love reading, jigsaw puzzles, every science ending in -ology, and all things Star Trek!

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