Good rest is just as important staying active. Through rest, our body is healing itself from the damage we do on it every day. Straining a muscle, coming in contact with a virus, or cutting ourself, our body needs rest to heel from each of these.
I make it a point to take short breaks throughout my day to do something I enjoy. I had a busy day Sunday cleaning up Christmas, but every time I felt the least bit fatigued, I would sit down and do a bit of needlepoint. I ended up getting a lot accomplished without exhausting myself, because I regularly rejuvenated myself physically and mentally. Here are some ways I get the most out of rest during the day:
- Have a few activities prepared but put away that you can easily pick back up throughout the day. I keep a bit of needlepoint beside the couch so that I can easily sit down and do a bit during the day. I keep a book beside a chair so that I can pick it up for a bit of light reading.
- Try to do this without technology. Electronic screens are draining to the eyes and are easy to get sucked into. Social media can also make us feel inadequate. Try to pick up a new hobby instead.
Good sleep at night is incredibly important. This is when your body really recovers from the rigors of the day. Everyone needs a different amount of sleep, so I’m not going to try to tell you how much you need, but when you are in bed, use these tips to get the most out of that time:
- It is a good idea to not have any screen time for at least 30 minutes before you go to sleep. This is a good time to read a book, catch up on Powersheets, or meditate. You can also talk to your significant other or you children. But keep it low key. It is even good to go ahead and dim the lights.
- Once you crawl into bed, try not to do anything except sleep. I have developed pretty bad insomnia over the past year, and I’m trying to not even read a book in bed. Otherwise, my body associates bed with another activity. But at least NO SCREEN TIME.
- Always cut out screen time in bed. If you can’t sleep, DO NOT pick up your cell phone or computer. DO NOT watch tv in bed. Ideally don’t even have electronic screens in the bedroom. Take your old clock out of storage and set it back up. Short of a child or a family emergency, there is nothing so important that your sleep should suffer.
A good nights sleep and regular breaks throughout your day can really help you become more productive throughout your day. Better sleep will help you wake up at the necessary time, and wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Taking regular breaks can help you be more productive during work time. You would not believe how much better your will feel, both physically and mentally, by allowing yourself to rest and recover.
*Disclaimer: I do not have children and I know taking breaks will be even more difficult when children come along. But with the help of my husband, I hope to continue this practice. We’ll see how that goes…