The 21st century has shaped up to become the age of distraction; ours is a generation terrified to be left alone with their thoughts. The constant bombardment of sensory input combined with existential anxiety leads to days spent within the numbing cocoon of social media and sleepless nights ridden with anxiety, over-thinking and self-hate.
True rest is often confused with the numbing, thoughtless space provided by streaming platforms and social media. The mindfulness, willpower and conscious decision-making involved in truly resting are often forgotten, making sleep an extremely elusive commodity. However, developing awareness of what constitutes rest is not impossible.