The Importance Of Rest And Relaxation
In today’s fast-paced world we’re constantly on the go. We work long hours and even bring extra work home to catch up on at night and on the weekend. We work hard at parenting, keeping up the house and yard, and maintaining a social life. We are busier than ever, yet we are all still limited to twenty-four hours per day. Something has to give and more often than not it has been rest and relaxation.
Sleep is essential for our survival. We can’t survive very long without it. If you’ve had a newborn in the house or been in any other situation where you didn’t get much sleep for days and weeks on end, you know how bad the effects of sleep deprivation can be. Severe lack of sleep will be noticeable very quickly. You can pull one all-nighter, but go for a couple of days on little-to-no sleep and you’ll start to feel like you’re going insane. Cutting back on sleep just a little here and there is trickier. That’s why we’ve gotten away for so long with six to seven hours of sleep and little time for rest and relaxation outside of those hours. We’ve been burning the candle at both ends and it doesn’t really work to our advantage.
We need to make rest, relaxation, and adequate sleep a priority to stay healthy and productive. We may feel like we get more done when we get up a little earlier or go to bed a little later. We feel like we’re catching up on work when we bring it home on the weekend to work on. Yes, it gives us more hours to work on stuff, but it often doesn’t make us any more productive. Work will fill the space we give it. By making rest and relaxation a priority and giving both body and mind to recharge, we can get just as much done in a shorter amount of time. That’s part of what I want to show you and prove to you during this month-long exploration on the topic of relaxing and reducing stress.
Sometimes it feels like we’ve forgotten how to rest and relax. We’re running wide open all day long and while it can feel exhilarating and productive, it wears us down and takes a toll on our health and well-being. Plus relaxing can be a lot of fun when you take the time to rediscover the joy of it.
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