The Benefits of Rest

The Benefits of Rest

The Benefits of Rest 1920 1080 The Conscious Professional

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”- John Lubbock

If you are anything like me, you feel like there is never enough time. Life is an endless battle to fit everything that needs doing into the time that we have, and so we (and certainly I) feel like we are hustling 24/7 with little time for rest.

However, rest is not a waste of time. Nor is rest something that takes away from your endeavour for productivity. Constantly going at 100% is a sure fire way to burn out, make ill-thought-through decisions, bottom out on creative reserves, and develop long-term physical and mental setbacks. Rest is, in fact, essential to success and wellbeing. Productivity is better achieved with a body and brain that has been allowed to heal, process, and meet its natural desire need for leisure.

So, what does rest do for one’s functionality and wellbeing?

1. Physical Recovery

Your body is absolutely designed to repair itself. And when I say that I am not just referring to large physical traumas such as injuries and surgeries. Our body is always regenerating, fixing, and rebuilding. Much of this repair is done at night, which is one of the reasons we suffer the day after a bad night’s sleep.

But our body also repairs and replenishes in shorter rest periods throughout the day. We are not designed to output for marathon lengths of time. Most people work best in small bursts. Working from home, I make sure to break and rest as soon as I feel myself struggling to work. Going away and coming back always helps me to move forward.

2. Stress Reduction

Stress rarely helps to create solid meaningful work. Stress might come to you for a whole host of reasons and in doses both big and small. Stress and anxiety may not disappear with rest, but they will certainly be prevented from blowing out of proportion. Taking time away from the things that are getting to us, and finding some time to de-stress, triggers systems in our body that are directly opposed to emotional tension.

3. Nourishes Creativity and Cravings for Leisure

True creativity requires brain space for spontaneity. Being a writer, and therefore a creative, I can churn out material under stress. However, what I produce will be much better in quality, and come out of me in a much freer fashion if I am rested in the first place, but also walk away and get some space when I feel the frustration creeping in.

Wellbeing relies on many things, and one of those is leisure. If we are spending no time on our interests at all, this only leads to irritations around the fact that we are not spending any time doing things that relax and nourish us. You are much more likely to find challenging endeavours easier if your cup has been filled by doing stuff you love!

4. Better Decision Making

If my head is in a situation where decisions need to be made, I can very easily get muddled and overwhelmed if I am unrested. Time away from a tricky situation is great. Your brain relaxes and finds clarity, throwing out what is not relevant, and ordering what is to make the dilemma clearer and more economic in your head. Rest is fantastic for making big decisions.

5. Better Productivity

To be honest, this is rather touched upon in all the above points. However, as it is the bottom line, it bears repeating. Tiredness, weariness, and frustration do nothing good for your productivity. Rest is imperative to be doing your best work, at the best pace, with reasonable ease and clarity. Rest is not a weakness. It is the best tool for strength and resilience that we have.


By Chris Thomson

 

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