This Is the Most Restful Activity for Your Zodiac Sign

published Jul 1, 2022
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What does meaningful rest look like? It’s a question I continuously grapple with both professionally and personally. As a freelance writer who works in the fast-paced world of digital media, I often deprioritize rest for fear of missing the next big news story. However, I’m also a student of the stars. If the astrology practice I’ve spent years cultivating has taught me one thing, it’s the necessity of R&R.

Astrology is all about drawing parallels between celestial movements and real-life events down here on Earth. You might have heard the ancient maxim “as above, so below,” which is something of a mantra among astrologers. Regardless of whether you “believe” in it, this guiding principle reflects a larger truth: To reach our highest potential, we must tend to our innermost needs with care and intention. In the words of late feminist scholar Audre Lorde, prioritizing rest “is not self-indulgent, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

Luckily, the stars also offer some insight into which activities feel most restful and restorative for each of us. Read on to learn more about how best to unwind based on your zodiac sign. If you’re familiar with your full astrological birth chart, you can also consult the blurbs for your Moon sign, which represents your physical body and emotions, and your Venus sign, which describes what you find pleasurable.

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Recommended activity: Make art for yourself

As the fiery self-starter of the zodiac, you’re always eager to share your passions with the world. You also run the risk of burning out. To combat this tendency, implement a private creative practice. Whether you opt for journaling, writing poetry, or making visual art, regular creative contemplation will encourage you to turn inward for inspiration and affirmation. In these demanding times, making art for your own enjoyment is a small but profound rebellion.


Recommended activity: Move with intention

Those born under this sensual Earth sign are highly tactile, although your fixed nature can keep you stuck in the same place, mentally or physically, for long periods of time. Gentle, intentional forms of movement, such as yoga, stretching, or walking, are great ways to build inertia and release stagnant energy. The more fun you can have in the process, the better — your pleasure-seeking, Venus-ruled heart will thank you.

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Recommended activity: Reconnect with nature

Unable to quiet those racing thoughts? Satisfy your characteristic curiosity with a mindful nature walk. From birdwatching to foraging to simply observing the flora and fauna in your neighborhood, the options — and potential rabbit holes to explore — are endless. (Gemini to Gemini, a pro tip: Ditch your headphones or social media feeds in favor of a guidebook or field notebook.)


Recommended activity: Host a friend or loved one

A Moon-ruled homebody, you appreciate creature comforts and view the space you call home as a refuge from our solar world. Why not welcome a loved one into your inner sanctum for a meal or catch-up convo? You might just find that the winning combination of a trusted confidant in a safe space allows you to loosen those crab claws and experience the healing power of vulnerability.


Recommended activity: Schedule a solo night in

Confident and charismatic, you’re usually the life of the party, so those around might view you as an endless source of sunshine. In reality, you need to replenish your physical and emotional reserves just like everybody else. Carve out some time for a solo night in, and be sure to fuel yourself with food that brings you comfort, be it a home-cooked meal or takeout from your favorite restaurant.

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Recommended activity: Enjoy some genuine entertainment

Mercury’s influence makes you attentive and analytical, and you wear this skillset like a badge of honor in your public life. When it comes time to unwind, however, you struggle, directing your critical eye inward. Consider this your permission slip to be entertained. Binge-watch that mind-numbing reality TV show you’ve eyed from afar, or flick through the fantasy novel on your bedside table. Rest isn’t something you have to earn, I promise.


Recommended activity: Organize your space

You value all things aesthetically pleasing and purposeful, but your airy nature often scatters your attention in a million and one directions. Center yourself by taking time to organize your space and belongings. Most people wouldn’t find this activity relaxing, but you’ll delight in the opportunity to appreciate your prized possessions and beautify the space you call home.

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Recommended activity: Immerse yourself in a good book or podcast

As a fixed Water sign, you’re hardwired to dislike all things surface-level. Honor your need to delve deep with an immersive, thought-provoking book or podcast episode on a topic that interests you. The genre or medium doesn’t matter as much as the substance. When it hits for you, dear Scorpio, it really hits.


Recommended activity: Experiment with ritual

You crave meaning and purpose, but as a mutable Fire sign, you often end up chasing whatever shiny new thing sparks your interest in the moment. Try cultivating a regular ritual around something you enjoy. This can be as woo-woo as a monthly journaling session around the full moon or as grounded as a weekly treat-yourself coffee run. The point is to make a promise to yourself and keep it — again, and again, and again.


Recommended activity: Shake it out

When was the last time you really, truly let loose? This isn’t a read, dear Capricorn. It’s merely an invitation to embrace your inner Earth sign and experience life instead of intellectualizing it. You’re a living, breathing being. That in and of itself is worth celebrating, so grab your libation of choice and dance it out.

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Recommended activity: Spoil yourself

Airy Aquarians are stereotyped as the humanitarians of the zodiacs, but it’s a cliche for a reason: You spend the bulk of your time in service to others, be it your friends, family, or wider community. In the interest of restorative rest, try redirecting that care and attentiveness inward. Go out of your way to do something purely for yourself — get a massage, or go for a solo dinner date. Don’t stress if it feels frivolous. That’s kind of the whole point.


Recommended activity: Try habit tracking

Those born under this mutable water sign experience life as a perpetual ebb and flow. To honor your natural rhythm, consider keeping a dedicated log of your moods, actions, or daily routines. Structured observation of how you spend your time and how it makes you feel can offer insight and foster self-acceptance, empowering you to ride those emotional waves instead of succumbing to their depths.