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5 Tips for Being Woke at Rest for Today’s Fundraising, Non-Profit and Social Impact Professionals

By: Dwayne Ashley, CEO and LaQuasha Drisdale Hall, Fellow, Bridge Philanthropic Consulting, LLC. 

At BPC, we pride ourselves on promoting self-care and volunteerism among our teams. Many of our clients are so committed to their missions that they create limited rest schedules to get the work done—the work that makes them transformational leaders. The goal is this article is to shine the light more on how more ways to be WOKE and REST, 

Are you tired of feeling sluggish and unfocused during your downtime? It’s time to wake up and embrace the concept of being woke at rest. Being woke is not just reserved for social justice issues; it’s also about being aware and mindful in every aspect of your life, including your leisure time. In this article, we will share five tips on how to cultivate a sense of mindfulness and awareness even when you’re relaxing. From incorporating self-reflection practices into your daily routine to choosing media that promotes growth and understanding, these tips will help you maximize your downtime. So, whether you’re unwinding after a long day at work or simply taking a break, join us on this journey to being woke at rest and embracing a more conscious and fulfilling life. 

What does it mean to be “woke”? 

Being “woke” has become a popular term in recent years, originating from African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and referring to being aware, informed, and conscious, particularly in relation to social and political issues. It’s about recognizing and challenging the systems of oppression in society and working towards positive change. While the term is often associated with activism, being woke goes beyond that. It’s about being awake and conscious in all aspects of life, including how we spend our leisure time. Being woke at rest means being mindful and intentional about our activities during our downtime, ensuring they align with our values and contribute to personal growth and understanding. 

The importance of being woke at rest 

In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, often neglecting the need for rest and rejuvenation. However, true rest goes beyond physical relaxation and involves mental and emotional rejuvenation. By being woke at rest, we can ensure that our leisure time becomes an opportunity for self-reflection, personal growth, and contributing to the greater good. When we prioritize being woke at rest, we create a positive ripple effect in our lives and society. It allows us to recharge, gain new perspectives, and cultivate a more conscious and fulfilling life. 

Tip 1: Prioritize self-care and rest 

One of the fundamental aspects of being woke at rest is prioritizing self-care and rest. In our busy lives, it’s easy to neglect our own well-being, but taking care of ourselves is essential for maintaining balance and being more present in our day-to-day lives. Make sure to allocate time for activities that recharge and relax you. This could be anything from taking a long bath, walking in nature, practicing yoga, or simply curling up with a good book. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it’s necessary for your overall well-being. By prioritizing self-care, you’re nurturing yourself and setting an example for others to do the same. 

Tip 2: Practice mindfulness and meditation 

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and aware of the current moment. It involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. By incorporating mindfulness into your leisure time, you can enhance your overall experience and cultivate a deeper awareness. One way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Find a quiet space, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Notice any thoughts or distractions that arise without getting attached to them, and gently bring your attention back to your breath. Over time, regular meditation practice can help calm your mind, reduce stress, and improve your ability to be present in every moment. 

Tip 3: Engage in conscious consumption 

What we choose to consume during our downtime can have a significant impact on our well-being and the world around us. Being woke at rest means being conscious of the media we consume, whether it’s books, movies, TV shows, or music. Seek out content that promotes growth, understanding, and diversity. Look for stories and perspectives that challenge your beliefs and expand your horizons. Support artists, authors, and creators who are using their platforms to bring about positive change. By being mindful of what we consume, we can actively contribute to a more inclusive and enlightened society. 

Tip 4: Educate yourself and stay informed 

Being woke at rest requires an ongoing commitment to learning and staying informed about the world around us. Take the time to educate yourself on social issues, current events, and the experiences of marginalized communities. Read books, listen to podcasts, and follow reputable news sources that provide diverse and accurate perspectives. Engage in conversations with others who have different viewpoints, and approach these discussions with an open mind and a willingness to learn. By expanding your knowledge and understanding, you can become a more empathetic and informed citizen. 

Tip 5: Take action and contribute to social change 

Being woke at rest is not just about personal growth; it’s also about taking action and contributing to social change. Use your leisure time as an opportunity to get involved in causes that matter to you. Whether it’s volunteering, attending community events, or supporting organizations working towards positive change, every action counts. By actively participating in social change, you become an agent of progress and inspire others to do the same. Remember, even small actions can have a significant impact, so don’t underestimate the power of your contribution. 

Examples of individuals and organizations promoting woke rest 

There are many inspiring individuals and organizations who are actively promoting the concept of being woke at rest. Here are a few examples: 

  • Tarana Burke: Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke emphasizes the importance of self-care and healing as key components of social activism. 
  • The Nap Ministry: This organization challenges the societal notion that productivity should be prioritized over rest, advocating for rest as a form of resistance and healing. 
  • Rachel Cargle: A prominent activist and educator, Rachel Cargle promotes self-reflection and self-care as integral to personal growth and social change. 


BIPOC, Frats, Sororities, Social Service Organizations, HBCU, MSI, and social impact leaders manifest themselves in a world that constantly demands their attention and energy; it’s crucial to prioritize being woke at rest. We can create a more conscious and fulfilling life by incorporating self-reflection, mindfulness, conscious consumption, education, and action into our leisure time. Remember, being woke at rest is not about perfection but intention and continuous growth. 

So, embrace the journey, challenge yourself, and make the most out of your downtime. Bt BPC, we believe that we can cultivate a more aware and compassionate society, one moment of rest at a time. 

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