Proper rest is so intrinsically important to our overall good health spiritually, mentally and emotionally because it affects our ability to make sound decisions, respond adequately to the pressures, stresses and situations that we may encounter.
Rest is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: Cessation of work, exertion, or activity. Peace, ease, or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of activity. It is also defined as a “break, breather, time out, relaxation, recreation, or refreshing.”
I believe that we all should ensure that we deliberately set aside special time in our schedule each week, and even on a monthly basis to rest, relax, take a break, and be refreshed from our work.
Work is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “physical or mental exertion, especially when engaged in difficult or exhausting labor; work.” It is also defined as “activity in which one exerts strength to do or perform something; the aggregate of all human physical and mental effort used in creation of goods and services, and is a primary factor of production.” It is closely associated with the “physical activities (as dilation of the cervix and contraction of the uterus) involved in giving birth.”
Therefore, work can be described as labor and the expension of energy to produce, create, and bring forth anything productively. Since labor can be exhausting due to the expension of energy through toil and effort. It is extremely important to know when a break is needed.
In addition, work and labor is correlated with "giving birth (as dilation
of the cervix and contraction of the uterus)." Every woman who has
ever given birth to a new born baby understands how exhausting and intense labor pains are, and the pressures as well as discomfort and challenges associated with the process of bring forth something brand new, never before seen, enjoyed or experienced.
Similarly, there is a period of incubation, carrying the growing baby in the womb, that is consummated in the actual labor and delivery of the long awaited for arrival of the child after which time the mother is taken
into the recovery room to rest and be observed by nurses before she is assigned into her hospital room to heal and enjoy the long awaited for joy of holding her new baby. There's nothing and no other experience
in the world like that of looking into the face of your own baby. What a joy!
Once the intensity of the birthing process is finished, then it's time to rest and recover fully. Likewise, we must understand and embrace the importance of setting aside time to rest from our daily, monthly and annual labor. It is vitally necessary that we do so for several reasons.
1) Resting allows us time for deep reflection, clear focus and planning.
2) It allows us time to heal and recover from many of the stresses and challenges associated with the daily work schedule and people that we
3) Rest rejuvenates the spirit, mind and emotions.
4) It's refreshing and relaxing.
5) Rest prepares us to re-engage the unchartered territory that lies
ahead of us, so that we are prepared to achieve optimal results in all
areas of our lives.
6) When rest is taken properly it reduces stress.
7) Rest helps to create an atmosphere of peace, brings clarity of mind,
and reduces the tendency or propensity to enter into strife and conten-tion.
There are numerous benefits to getting proper rest and ensuring that opportunities to rest are deliberately planned and included into our schedules. For example, in Tom Connellan's book, The 1% Solution
for Work and Life, he mentions what researchers call "incubation time," which is associated with taking "rest breaks" which enables you to
"work smarter...after working on a problem for hours, and it seems to
get more complicated..the more you go on." You may have even noticed
times when you've gotten a mental block. According to Tom Connellan, "that's because you need to take a break and think about something else."
In want to encourage you to integrate small breaks into your daily work routine. You'll be surprised at the difference it will make, and how much more productive you'll become. In fact, taking a break of just 10 minutes after concentrated work at 60-90 minute intervals has been proven by researches to improve your performance significantly. Researchers have also found that by increasing "break time" by 20 to 30 minutes a day" will result in feeling less fatigued, incurring less accidents and injuries, and enhanced performance.
You may say, that it is difficult to take a 20 to 30 minute break during your work day. Here is a possible solution for you to consider so that you can experience the incredible benefits we are discussing. Try taking a 20-30 minute nap during your break at work. If you have your own office you may be able to relax to soothing music, lock your office door and pull the shades. This will provide the privacy needed to relax and be refreshed. When others start noticing how much energy you have and see how much your performance and proficiency has increased they'll inquire and may even follow suit as well.
In the Bible, even God rested from His labors on the seventh day.
"And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."
God ceased from His labor, from producing, performing, executing and attending to work. It pertains to ceasing from doing business and working. If God Himself took a break from His labor, how much more should we commit to rest as much as we are committed to work itself so that we allow ourselves the opportunity to be refreshed, laugh, relax and have fun so that we are more improved, more productive and increase our creativity for optimal results.
As the holiday season approaches take time to rest, and even better incorporate rest periods and times of relaxation into your daily, weekly, and monthly routine. You'll enjoy the benefits.
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