Growing up, most of us were taught that not working or doing anything means we are unproductive, selfish or lazy, and we’d therefore be less successful in life. However, we sometimes forget that resting and taking a break (especially in this fast-paced world) is actually how we can achieve success since it prevents burn out and demotivation - two epidemics of the modern world.
Resting can come in many different forms, depending on each individual and their needs. While it can mean getting a good eight hours of sleep each night to some, for others it could mean making time to meditate, going for a walk, or reading a book.
So why is intentional rest an act of generosity towards yourself rather than a selfish one? Resting rejuvenates your body and mind, regulates your mood, and it’s linked to enhanced learning and memory function. On the other hand, inadequate rest can negatively affect your mood (think about those times when you woke up feeling moody because you didn’t get enough sleep!), immune system, memory, and stress levels.
Sleeping is one of the most important forms of resting. Getting a sufficient amount of quality sleep is essential for learning and processing memories. Moreover, sleep helps restore your body’s energy, repair muscle tissue and trigger the release of hormones that effect growth and appetite.
When time seems to evaporate and you keep thinking that you don’t have time to do anything else other than your day-to-day responsibilities, close your eyes and take a breath. The human body is built to thrive in a series of short sprints. This is why taking a break - even only for a few minutes - can give you the refresh you need to persevere throughout your day. Remember, whatever you do for your well-being is always productive and a five-minute break won’t hurt you, it will heal you. Here are some simple ways to incorporate rest into your daily routine:
Try to focus on both the big and little things. Research indicates that a positive mind boosts overall happiness.
Take Deep Breaths
Practice Sleep Hygiene
Learn to Say No
Get out in Nature
Do Something you Love, Something that makes you Smile!