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How Important is Rest for You?

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
interact with.
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."
Genesis 2:2-3
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.
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments, and share it with your friends.
We look forward to hearing from you.

45 Comments to How Important is Rest for You?:

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Vickie Williams on Saturday, October 29, 2011 8:38 PM
Dr. Beth- I think rest is so vitally essential spirit, soul and body and adequate rest even the more. As you mentioned Dr. Beth the word says, "God rested from all His work on the seventh day". We as God's people are even being blessed while we rest. Psalms 23:2 says, "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters." So anyone who's not getting adequate rest, Your Father in heaven shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Thank you Dr. Beth for the ideas and ways to ensure we are getting our proper rest. Many blessings to you!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:27 PM
Elder Vickie, thank you for sharing your comments on the blog conversation this week. I appreciate it. Have a blessed and joyous day.

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Tracie Fields on Saturday, October 29, 2011 10:15 PM
Dr. Williams. This topic is so very powerful. I don’t know about others but sometimes I feel guilty for resting. I realize that God himself took a break from work so in order to perform at my very best I must do the same. We must allow our bodies as well as our minds to be refreshed and renewed by allowing a period of relaxation. There are many demands on us in life and many people try to accommodate them all. This is when burnout occurs and we do not perform at our best levels. We are not helping ourselves or others by pushing ourselves without ever taking proper rest because at some point our quality of work will suffer from the lack thereof. Our bodies and minds are not made to constantly run without a resting point. Without that rest something will be lacking in some area of our lives, be it emotionally, physically or spiritually. In order to be able to perform at our best on all levels we must rest. Thank you for your blog this week that I’m sure will set many free to realize that rest is a requirement.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Saturday, October 29, 2011 11:32 PM
Tracie, thank you for your comments on the blog. You made a very important comment regarding "feeling guilty" for resting. That's an issue that most people who are task oriented have, feeling as though if I take time or a break from my work routine that means I'm getting lazy or becoming non-productive. The truth is, you become more efficient and increase productivity after being refreshed and getting some much needed rest and relaxation. Enjoy every opportunity to rest possible. You'll be glad you did, and you'll enjoy the results.

Candice Mimms on Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:12 PM
Dr. Williams, this week’s topic is an area that I frequently need to improve on. I can honestly say on many occasions, I’ve deprived myself of rest. At times, I’ve become so accustomed in just focusing on doing the work instead of focusing on the well-being of the person that’s doing the work. And most importantly, it’s imperative to focus on the One who has enabled me to do the work. It’s by the grace of God that we can even have the ability to do the work. By reading this week’s blog, I learned so much in regards to the importance of building myself up through rest/breaks in order to take on the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. It really does require us to take daily, weekly, monthly, and annual breaks in order to be more productive in activities. I can see how without rest, we are literally depriving ourselves from truly succeeding and reaching our true potential in every area of life. Without the adequate amount of rest, we can create more stress and work on ourselves. For me personally, there’s an urge for me to want to do more and more work, thinking this will decrease the work load when in actuality it creates a heavier workload. By doing too much work, one can be overwhelmed/drowned in work, resulting in becoming burned out. I’ve experienced the result of working efficiently and effectively simply because I chose to take a break or rest instead of working. Thank you Dr. Williams for speaking wisdom. The wisdom you speak allows us to flourish beyond the norm in every area of life.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, October 31, 2011 12:30 AM
You are welcomed Candice. Resting is extremely important to our ability to think clearly, be focused and obtain maximal results in all areas. Oftentimes we deprive ourselves of much needed rest to our disadvantage rather than to our benefit. Even God ceased from His labors on the seventh day. What makes us think that we can't stop and rest if God who never sleeps nor slumbers as human beings do, stopped and assessed everything He had made and said, "It is good." There are just so many benefits that occur when we take proper care of ourselves in accordance with God's original intent. God bless you.

Pam wright on Sunday, October 30, 2011 8:54 PM
THANK YOU SO MUCH Pastor Beth because God knows I needed to hear this thanks for setting me free .With what everyone has said that relates to me.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, October 31, 2011 12:23 AM
Wonderful! I'm glad to know that you've received your release and canrelax and enjoy the benefits of rest the way intended from the beginning. Kingdom blessings!

Marsha Wilson on Monday, October 31, 2011 9:06 PM
Dr. Williams, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this weeks blog. As I was reading what came to mind was the fact that God cares about every part of our being 1 Thes. 5:23 "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" and 3 John 2 "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers". There is not one area that He has not paid careful attention to address. I really appreciate you covering this area because we are in a race that requires endurance, Heb.12:1b, and what that says to me is there'll be quite a distance I'll have to go, it's not going to be some short quick sprint! So making sure to get the proper rest and relaxation will help enable me to go the distance. God bless you!
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 12:41 PM
Marsha, thank you for your comments on the Blog. You're perfectly correct in your assertion that God care so much about our health in accordance with 3 John 1:2. He wants for us to prosper in all areas, and good physical health is one of the major areas of our expression and existence. Having a healthy body is incredibly important to our assignment here on earth. Proper rest and relaxation helps us to ensure that we are performing at optimal levels. Have a blessed and prosperous journey.

Travis Mimms on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 3:25 PM
Rest is very important and thanks for sharing this Dr. Beth. Your blogs are very insightful and informative. As a senior at the University of West Florida one of the classes in which I am enrolled in is Human Resource Management (HRM). This course pertains to the Human element in the business environment. There are many factors that can cause a company to have a high turnover rate. One of which is stress. In fact many people have died because of stress. The Japanese word "Karoshi" means death from overworking. One in six employees die after working more than 3,100 hours annually (upward of 10,000 individuals) from heart attack or stroke, and "Karoshi" is listed as their cause of death. While the country is facing an economic crisis which can be felt by individual homes with increasing work loads of those still employed, taking time out to rest and refresh the mind can prove to be both healthy and productive as the most important element of business (the human) will be able to manage the clutter effectively. I like your suggestion in reference to taking naps throughout the day. In fact I'm about to take a nap right now. Until next time, God Bless!
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 12:46 PM
Travis, thank you so much for your comments on the blog. I especially enjoyed your comments and insight regarding how rest or the lack thereof has affected the Japanese culture. We should all take note, understanding that a lack of proper rest does create stress upon the physical body, which can in turn cause strokes or heart attacks. To avoid these pitfalls taking good care of our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit is essential. Kingdom Blessings!

Dr. Stanley D. Williams on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:37 AM
This article is very insightful and is also absolutely true. Rest is one of the factors that assures and individual maintains optimal health. "Research by Cornell psychology professor James B. Maas shows that if you get less than eight hours of sleep a night, you are operating impaired - your alertness, productivity and creativity, and general health are all affected." Adequate rest allows the body to heal, the reason eight hours of sleep or more is recommended is because it is between the 7th and 8th hour that we get rim sleep. During rim sleep the mind begins to heal itself and even grows new connectors. It is estimated that the average American gets less that 6 hours of sleep per night, because of this practice we are damaging our health. It should also be remembered that it is during times of rest that the body does most of its detoxification chores cleansing itself of major impurities. God designed us not only to be at peace but to also get adequate rest. Take the time to read Dr. Bethtina's blog and consider your need for adequate rest it will be very beneficial to you and those you love.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 12:56 PM
Dr. Stanley as always, you are the professor and I truly enjoy your comments. The insight that you bring to the table is awesome! Your perspective is keen, sharp and very informative. Kingdom Blessings to you my Dear, Always!

denise on Friday, November 04, 2011 1:00 PM
Thank you pastor for your time and considration. I, like other bloggers feel guilty at times for resting. When I stop to break everything around me just keeps on going. But when I return I feel like I can handle it better. On the same token I have to be mindful not to go into hiding and feeling like I'm running away from the pressures of my life. I have taken this blog to heart plesae join with me in prayer for balance.
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Saturday, November 05, 2011 12:44 PM
Denise, I certainly do hear your heart. Like many people who feel that if they take a break, it means they're not engaged, slipping in commitment or becoming lazy, you just need to understand that there are some important times in which to take a break. Example, at the end of the work week (in order to dedicate time for reflection, relaxation and planning or just fun and recreation). Another way to be refreshed is by taking short breaks from intense focus at 60 - 90 minute intervals, by relaxing and directing your attention to something that refreshes you. This allows your mind to be refreshed and actually helps you to perform at higher levels and obtain optimal results, than if you dug into work and never took a break. In essence, when you break away from the monotony of all work and no play or relaxation you increase and enhance your ability to focus and execute at a much higher degree. So, taking rest breaks is very beneficial and rewarding in the long run.

Kenya on Saturday, November 05, 2011 1:56 PM
Pastor Beth: Thank you for sharing this information with us. This is an area that I lack the most in, but I make up for it about 9pm at night! I go, go, go all day, starting fresh and bright early in the am, and I'm wore out by 8 or 9pm. I'm one of those people that is an early morning riser, I feel that I can get the most of my energy in the more and am more productive throughout the day. However, I get tired at night because I did not take the time out to break, rest, reflect and relax. This was so important for me to read. I think I do get pretty adequate rest because I do go to bed pretty early, but by the evening, I'm mentally wore out from the very active day that I had and I am not so productive at night. Thank you again for taking out the time to enlighten us with this spirit filled reminder. I know speaking for myself, I take care of everyone else all day long, and don't spend enough time taking care of me. I'm definitely going to benefit from this reading. But I like others feel that if I don't take care of things, something will be neglected, not realizing it will be me!
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Dr Bethtina Williams on Monday, November 07, 2011 1:34 PM
Kenya, as with many people taking care of everybody else is often an issue where much time is dedicated the the welfare of others and very little time is dedicated and focused on one's personal well-being. However, this cycle can be broken with a few small adjustments over a 30-day period. In addition, researchers have found that between the 7th & 8th hour of sleep, which is called "rim sleep" your brain begins to heal and repair itself and form new connectors. While you are asleep you body is also healing, being refreshed and rejuvinated. Thank you for joining the blog conversation. I look forward to next time.

Nikki Godbolt on Saturday, November 05, 2011 6:29 PM
Thank you so much, Dr. williams for that enlightening word! I truly believe that it is very important that we get rest from our labor! Just as our Heavenly Father worked six days and on the seventh day he rested! I have found that when I do not get rest, i can become quickly irritated and that's not good! Its easy to get caught up with the business of life, but however we must make time to rest, so that we can show forth the character of Christ at all times! Thank you Dr. Williams and God Bless You!
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Monday, November 07, 2011 1:59 PM
Nikki, thank you for your comment on the blog conversation. A notable point is that if God Himself rested, even though we understand that He "never sleeps nor slumbers" in the same physical sense in which we sleep (Psalm 129:4), but He did cease from His labor, which lets us know that we too should take a break from our labor at times to reflect upon what we've accomplished and achieved as well as to be refreshed so that we can perform at optimal levels. Kingdom Blessings!

Betty Demby on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 8:32 PM
Thank you Dr. Beth, I wish this information was provided to me many years ago. I can honestly say I have gone many years not understanding balance and rest. My past is full of times when I've pushed myself so hard and far at to the point of migraines and sickness. But praise God for understanding, growth and development. I now know to do my best and rest. Praise God for you Dr. Beth.
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Dr. Bethtina Williams on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 10:57 AM
Betty, thank you for your comment on the Blog. I'm glad that you've gleaned some insight that will help to bring balance to your routine so that you can still be effective and work at your peek performance, yet not overload yourself and risk burnout, fatigue or undue stress. Kingdom blessings!

Toiya Moffatt on Wednesday, November 09, 2011 4:03 PM
Dr. Beth thank you for sharing the content of wisdom in this week's blog! It is wonderful to see that you hit on a topic that many people, even professionals, fail at times to emphasize. Yes,exercise, be it mental or physical, and diet are wonderful ways to maintain good health, but without rest, you are cheating your body, the temple, of what it needs to get optimal results. God bless you, and I look forward to blogging again with you soon.
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