Hello Sweet Friends:
Hands up if you’re t-i-r-e-d.
You are not alone! A full plate is incredibly common. And making time to rest can feel near impossible because…
Resting can truly leave you feeling guilty.
While we all know the importance of rest, it can really seem like wasted time. Because there’s always something more to do.
But what if I told you that rest is actually incredibly valuable? And ultimately beneficial not just for your well-being but your productivity as well. Woah, right?!
So get cozy, put those feet up and get ready to rest. Because today we’re going to examine why rest can be the best use of your time, even when your to-do list is full.
5 Important Benefits of Rest
1. Prevent Decision Fatigue
Have you ever heard of decision fatigue? It’s when your brain’s so worn out from making decisions that it just can’t weigh pros and cons objectively anymore. It’s P-O-O-P-E-D.
Making tons and tons of decisions and judgement calls can wear away at your willpower and mess with your ability to make thoughtful decisions.
But don’t just take my word for it.
This study found that judges, super decision makers, were more likely to grant a prisoner parole after they taking a break.
The longer they had been working without a break, the more likely they were to simply say no. Because keeping things the same is the easiest and safest route. And decision fatigue tends to push your choices in that direction. Because the safest choice is often the easiest one, and your tired brain doesn’t have to analyze too many points to make the safe decision.
Instead of pushing our brains to the point where they can’t easily weight pros and cons and make decisions, we should say yes yes yes to breaks. Rest is that important baby!
2. Experience Mindful Moments
When you make time to rest, you have the important opportunity to reflect and examine your thoughts and emotions.
I’ll forever gush about the importance of periods of rest and mindfulness. They allow you to truly get to know yourself and your emotional state. And that can even help to improve your mental health. While more studies are certainly needed, mindfulness has shown that it helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Booyah! (source)
3. Reconnect With Yourself
Taking a break creates time to reflect on your thoughts, feelings and emotions and truly getting to know yourself is so important.
When you give yourself to opportunity to rest and decompress, you have the chance to truly connect with yourself in a way you simply can’t when you’re on the go. It’s the perfect opportunity to check in with yourself, examine how you’re feeling and get to know what you want and need in the moment.
We simply can’t do that for ourselves if we don’t take the time to rest.
Here are relaxing ways you can connect with yourself:
- Sitting in silence
- Going for a walk
- Doing something artistic
- Anything else that makes you feel connected with yourself
4. Increase Your Attention Span
When you make time to disconnect and give your brain a break you come back more attentive and productive.
Check out the science behind this one:
Two 2007 studies showed that those who learned how to meditate had better working memories and attention spans while writing a test (source 1, source 2). And they outperformed their non-meditating counterparts.
Why? Because the opportunity to rest and be unproductive actually helped them to become more focused, which allowed for better concentration and memory retention. How cool is that?
Learning to unplug and be mindful boosts your performance, which is a really awesome win! And when you recognize the benefits and importance of rest, you truly have nothing to feel guilty about.
5. Boost Your Creativity
You know what happens when you take a break? Tons and tons of uninterrupted free thinking! And that might as well be creativity fuel. Why? Because it gives your thoughts an opportunity to wander freely and your mind the chance to imagine.
In his paper Doing Nothing and Nothing to Do: The Hidden Value of Empty Time and Boredom, Manfred Kets De Vries, a Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change, states that:
“Doing nothing is a great way to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination… seemingly inactive states of mind can be an incubation period for future bursts of creativity.”
Quiet time gives rise to ideas.
You can’t be creative when you’re constantly focused on absorbing information and completing a list of tasks. So take a step back and let your brain rest. You never know what wonderful things it might come up with.
Resting is not a waste of time. In fact, it’s an important use of your time. And, ultimately, a rested you is a more creative, productive, connected and mindful you. Your to-do list and everyone who depends on you benefits so much when you take the time to take a break.
So rest up babe! You not only need it, you deserve it.
Did you know these benefits of rest? How to you prioritize rest in your routine? Share your lovely thoughts with us in the comments below.
Health and love,
Thought of the Day: Resting is healing and never a waste of time.
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