Incase you missed it, rest is a fundamental part of success, health, and happiness.
Ever felt like you can’t keep up with your daily tasks and deadlines? Maybe you’re finding it challenging to maintain your health, your job, and other responsibilities amongst the pressures happening around you, leaving you little to no time for rest.
You are not alone in this. You see, in this age of digitalisation and everything instant, there are many distractions. There’s always something or someone requiring your immediate attention.
This is where the power of choice comes in. No matter what your schedule or task list may look like, resting and unplugging is vital to and for you. Choose to rest today. Here are some benefits of having a good rest;
Rest heals your body:
Pushing your body to get things done for a long time will cause wear and tear to happen fast. The human body is built to thrive in a series of short sprints which is why taking a break even only for a few minutes, can offer you the refresh your body needs to persevere through your day. Breaks are brief cessations to work, physical exertion, or emotional stress. Sometimes taking a nap helps.
The amount of rest required depends on individual needs. If you don’t sleep well, easily feel angry, or stressed, you may require more frequent breaks.
Adequate rest helps your body activate its inner healing cascade and return to a state of homeostasis. This is when your body can repair and recover.
Rest helps reduce stress:
Stress is an intrinsic aspect of life. Infact, your body was built to handle stress. For some, it may act as a stimulant, but when prolonged, it becomes a burden. Most definitions of stress invoke an internal or external challenge, disturbance, or stimulus, the perception of a challenge or physiologic response. The flight-or-flight response was the body’s original means of survival in the ancient times or even today when one faces danger, like a shooting spree. It allowed our ancestors to protect themselves from unthinkable circumstances quickly. However, in the modern world, this response can be experienced numerous times and in various situations. Chronic stress suppresses your immune system and increases your risk of disease.
Resting activates what the medical world calls the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the opposite of the sympathetic nervous system, or the flight-or-fight response.
Rest boosts creativity:
Time off helps you refill your reserves. These quiet moments makes you reflect, allowing you break through creative barriers.
Brain experts state that functional connectivity of brain data measures synchronized patterns of spontaneous brain activation during rest. This results in experiencing increasing solutions to open-ended problems, such as inventing new uses for objects. When you take time to rest and relax, you are naturally more creative.
Rest improves productivity:
You sure have observed that your brain or mind is less functional when it’s fatigued. That’s why you’re always more productive after a restful period. Have you ever wondered why Mondays are often filled with high importance tasks or meetings? It’s because most people rest during the weekend.
Taking time off will allow you to work more efficiently whenever you resume. Set aside one day each week to unplug to improve productivity and feel a greater sense of accomplishment.
Rest enhances good decision making:
The term “sleep on it” sounds accurate because rest improves your ability to make good decisions. Working for longer periods without rest gradually reduces your concentration and depreciates your emotional capacity.
Regularly scheduled breaks -daily, weekly, montly—allows you to refresh your perspective, and in turn, make better decisions.
Do not take your rest lightly. Rest is only significant when you purposefully do it.
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