Sometimes closing your eyes for 10 seconds and taking 3 deep breaths can make all the difference.
In this fast paced world we live in today we can become too focused on what we’re doing and not what we should be doing. Finding that balance of hard work, spending time with loved ones, giving back to the world and spending time replenishing yourself is fiercely complex. And it’s on ongoing process of reassessing where time needs to go.
But how do you do that? And when? If you don’t make time to rest your body will choose that time for you. For some reason we believe once we become busy the only way to finish all the work is to put the pedal to the medal and never stop till you’re done. We all know that is not the case, yet we still do it.
The other thing is that if you do not rest often or rarely ever your body will get into a routine of just pushing through. That’s why resting can be difficult because it is an abnormal thing your body goes through. Once you start though you will notice how tired and how much rest you’ve been missing out on (just don’t take it too far).
I decided I needed a detox of some sorts. Just 2 days without food and technology. Boy did I get a surprise.
I’ve been without food for 5 days and growing up we were only allowed around 2 hours of ‘screen time’ once we were in our teens. So I thought it would be great. I’d get the rest I need and have a fresh start for the next week and for a few weeks ahead. I was addicted to both however, eating three meals a day (so selfish), waking up and going to bed with a smartphone in my hand, there was just no denying it.
I did end up enduring without a crumb in my stomach and a google search answering why I should withdraw the idea of putting a sock in the toaster. I endured because I’m awesome, which has been established in various posts in the past.
It came with its challenges and I noticed myself how excruciatingly difficult it was to just sit and internalize. They do say the 2nd day is normally the most difficult in a fast, so it would most likely have gotten slightly easier, but who knows for sure without giving it a go yourself?
With no scientific research to back my statements (https://www.healthline.com/health/working-too-much-health-effects#3) I believe the lack of rest and overworking yourself can lead to many sicknesses and a build up of stress.
One needs to remain creative to stimulate the mind and grow in other areas. It unlocks new abilities you would never have achieved by doing the same thing repetitively, in doing so it will most likely affect your work in a positive manner.
But if you don’t have the time or energy to be creative, you may find yourself in a tedious position. So take some time and rest.