The Importance of Rest is nothing to sleep in about. If you are on the road to better days (if you are reading this, we would assume that you are) you know how hard you must work to make those “better days” a reality.
Your ambitious mind knows that you do not have time to slow down. If you aren’t pushing as hard as you can push, then the person next to you is, and who will win?
Not only do we strive to get ahead by working all the time, but we feel guilty when we take time to relax. We have a difficult time “letting go” of everything for the day, so we can just relax.
Failure is not an option and lounging around all day – isn’t going to get it done.
We link working all the time to being ambitious and successful. Working all the time is not healthy. Studies have shown that overworking:
- Increases stress levels
- Hinders our judgment
- Slows down our performance
- Can led to health problems such as weight gain, depression and insomnia
- Premature Death
I don’t know about you, but working all the time, so we can die sooner doesn’t sound like a great idea to us?
Taking a day to rest will benefit you
A day of rest will enable you to be more productive than if you work every day. When you work all the time, you will exhaust your mind and your body. This, in the long run, will slow you down.
Studies have proven that we learn better when we are well rested too. You retain more information. You will also reduce your stress levels.
We are not capable, nor we designed to push our bodies to the limit day after day.
What to do
It is not easy to relax when success is so important to us. However, we must. Our health depends on it. Our life depends on it. Our success depends on it.
Besides, who wants to hang out with a successful dead person? (that would be weird)
Let’s draw the line
Make rules for yourself. These rules will be no different from any other discipline that you have. What are they?
Here are some suggestions:
- Prohibit yourself from working on a specific day (completely)
- Prohibit yourself from working after a certain time (5pm for example)
- Create a schedule and stick to it
- No phones at diner
- Go for a walk several times per week (with no phone)
- You may need to reevaluate your time management strategy
Rest is important and will ultimately ensure that you are more productive, make better decisions and stay healthy. Rest, you can’t afford not to!