Are you ready for a break more than you thought?
Year-end fill in the blank:
This year has been _________________________________
For me it has been: AWESOME | WONDERFUL | CRAZY | EXHILERATING | REALLY HARD
I am feeling_______________________________________
As I write this I am feeling: EXHAUSTED | FRAZZLED | CURIOUS ABOUT NEXT YEAR
It’s been a whirlwind. I accomplished some of my goals, faced new challenges, met some of them, fell flat on my face a few times. How about you?
It is time for a rest. I need it! So do you.
In a fascinating article, The Lost Practice of Resting One Day Each Week, Joshua Becker points out that rest is important. He shares that philosophers tell us rest is essential for the mind. Leonardo da Vinci said, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to work your judgment will be surer.” Your mind needs a rest.
Most religious traditions advise rest for your soul. Physicians leaders and athletes know that rest improves performance.
Becker shares some benefits of concentrated rest for your body, mind and soul:
- A healthier body when we eat healthy, exercise and minimize bad habits
- Less stress
- Deeper relationships
- An opportunity for reflection
- Greater opportunity for reflection which might yield better ideas
- Balance to have an identity outside of your work
Regular rest can lead to increased production and reserves to take on the next crisis. Who doesn’t need that!?
Why am I so frazzled at the end of this year? I haven’t properly rested. Have you?
Would your performance improve if you set aside some time to rest? Would your health improve if you set aside some time to rest? How about your personal relationships?
Yes, yes and yes for me!
I am taking Joshua Becker’s advice and taking some time off to rest. The coming year holds much promise. I want to enter the new year with the energy that this challenge requires. So I am taking a rest. I am forcing myself to take off the week between Christmas and New Years to rest and recharge, reacquaint myself with my family, maybe even see a movie or read a book or two.
Enjoy your families and relax this holiday season!