How constructive rest can ease stress and exhaustion.

How constructive rest can ease stress and exhaustion.

I take my sleep seriously. With a husband who works nights and a child who wakes up early, sleep can sometimes elude me. Which is too bad because if it were up to me I’d go to bed at 9 PM every night. No joke. Sleep has always been my cure for stress and exhaustion.

That’s why, above all else, the thing I feared most about becoming a parent was the sleep I would inevitably lose. And lose it I did. Even when my little C started sleeping better at night, my own insomnia kicked into high gear. I was a living zombie, even 18 months after my girl was born.

Thankfully, I have some tricks up my sleeve to  help me find some peace and rest despite the stress and exhaustion of parenthood. Of course, this isn’t just for parents. I’d dare say most Americans deal with chronic stress and exhaustion. And while this little secret I’m about to share isn’t a substitute for sleep, it can help relax and calm your body.

For me it was a daily life saver.

How constructive rest can ease stress and exhaustion.

Constructive rest for stress and exhaustion

Constructive rest is an easy practice that can help relax and rejuvenate a tired body. Constructive rest position is a neutral position for the body. It is used to to help reset your body, clear your mind, and release muscle tension. It’s perfect as a pre-bedtime ritual or as a mid-day “pick me up.” Follow these easy simple steps to help rejuvenate your body.

How to practice constructive rest and ease stress and exhaustion:

1. Lie down on your back with your knees bent and touching. Place your feet on the floor, wide enough to let your knees relax and rest against each other.  Or, if you tend to deal with back pain, you may start by resting your calves on the seat of a chair as you lie on the floor.

2. Place a small towel or book under you head if needed to keep your neck in line with your spine. (A good way to measure what your body needs is to stand up straight against a wall and notice how much space is between the back of your head the the wall. Try and find something around that same thickness. You may find that you need 2 – 3 small books to get your head properly aligned).

3. Place your arms in a comfortable position: by your side or on your torso.

4. Relax your shoulders, neck, facial muscles and jaw. Picture your muscles melting into the ground, allowing the earth to fully support you. Breathe deeply.

5. Quiet your mind and rest for 2 – 20 minutes.

How constructive rest can ease stress and exhaustion.

Make it a habit

As you let this become a daily practice you may notice that your spine feels freer, chronic tension will start to decrease and you might be more able to focus and be in the present a moment. Something anyone dealing with stress and exhaustion can use. Which is all of us, right?


If you are like most Americans you probably deal with chronic stress and exhaustion. Learn how constructive rest can help and how easy it is to do!


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Hi! I'm and I’m passionate about healthy living: feeling nourished, having energy, getting good sleep, and feeling strong. I believe healthy living does not have to be complicated or stressful. I’m a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). I’m also an avid researcher and love to read about nutrition, the body, and toxic-free living. Learn more.

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  1. Paulina

    Thank you, I so need this! I watch kids during the day (6 under 3) and lets just say i’m pretty tired by the end of the day. Going to try this at nap time 😀

  2. Ceitllyn

    In Egoscue this is called “static back”. It is an all around equalizer for your back, hips and shoulders. If you have not heard of it, just google Egoscue. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Soli

    I do something similar, as my main yoga teacher is a wonderful teacher of restorative yoga (in addition to teaching Para Yoga). This works! It’s the only form of yoga which builds ojas, or vitality.

  4. cassia

    one of my favorite things i learned from a great dance class, this has been a life-saver many times :)

  5. Whitney

    I love your newsletter, this is only my 3rd issue but always find inspiring stuff. My husband also works nights, and it causes A LOT of exhaustion and stress. As a mom of 2 (one being a a one year old who still is not sleeping through the night! Grrrr!) it is hard to do dinner, baths, bedtime, etc… all by myself and have time to get my rest! Plus, morning rituals as well, because hubby needs to sleep too! So I need this, and will begin tonight! Thank you!
    Just a side note, I grew up in Utah! Go Utah! :)

      1. Whitney

        Oh my goodness, I just came back to read through the instructions again, (ready to try as the kiddos are in bed!YAY!) and I noticed my typos! Ha! Just proof of how exhausted I am ;)!

  6. Maureen

    My back/hips/legs like the legs up the wall position better. Am I getting the same benefits of constructive rest even though I change the position? I know of Constructive Rest through reading about the Alexander Technique. Thank you!

    1. Post author

      It’s a slightly different position, but there are benefits of putting your legs up in that it helps the lymph system. So do what feels best to you!

  7. Annomymous

    If We have trouble “quieting our minds” could we play some calming music? Also what is a good time of day to do this

    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      Yes, calming music is always great. As far as timing, I think whenever you need a break… although end of the day or work day is great if you only have a few minutes.

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