Not Only Your Body, But Also Your Mind Needs Rest

Not only your body, but also your mind needs rest

It is impossible to live under constant  stress  and always be in a hurry, because  neither the body nor the mind can withstand such a high level of activation for a long period of time. Doing this simply takes too much energy and causes your performance to drop as the hours and days go by. However, the world we live in is so competitive that – even when we actually need rest – we don’t quite know how to get this rest. This brings us one step closer to developing an anxiety disorder. Not only the body, but also the mind needs rest.

It won’t help if we practice different relaxation techniques or go to yoga three times a week, if we can’t even simply take a moment of calm in the middle of the day. But it can be hard to stop those anxious thoughts  running through your head because, and this is just one of the reasons, we didn’t learn this. Can you remember a day when you weren’t focused on your phone? When was the last time you did something you really liked?

Your mind needs rest

You don’t have to take a vacation to relax. A simple weekend, a day, or a few hours can make you forget the hustle and bustle you find yourself in, or even keep you captive. The problem is how you take advantage of this period. Are you really capable of disconnecting yourself?

Future projects may keep wandering through your mind, i.e. the things you need to do before it’s Monday again, the people you still need to call, and some other responsibilities that keep you from enjoying those days when you have to and can rest. Putting aside all the things that overwhelm you for a while makes you feel irresponsible, even if you can’t do anything about the problems until you go back to work on Monday. And so the weekend is nothing but an endless anticipation at that moment, with the stress that comes with it of course!

Head In Which People Are Vacuuming Because Your Mind Also Needs Rest

You can rest well and  take advantage of the time when you are not working by doing different activities and thinking in different ways  than you do on the days when you have responsibilities. For example, you can get up at a different time and not have to rush to eat your breakfast because you have to go to work. However, we have become attached to our routines and it is difficult to break them. That’s why we end up making mistakes when it’s time to rest.

First,  we plan everything without leaving room for spontaneity,  meaning anything unexpected creates conflict. We don’t put our phones away, turn them off, or put them on airplane mode. And in the end we don’t dare to do new, crazy things, and the big question is: why?

A clear example of this is the summer, when most of us have a few days off. But  what should be a good time ends up being torture. Family gatherings, visiting loved ones, booking holidays to take advantage of those few days off… it’s all too much!

Remember this during your next rest period. If you don’t get rid of the stress when you don’t have to work, when will you do it? You fill up your time because you are afraid of not knowing how to move on when you have nothing to do,  but you just have to let it go. You may want to spend a day at home reading, watching TV, or doing something else that isn’t productive at all. That’s okay. You shouldn’t feel bad about it. You deserve it.

Merry-Go-Round On A Woman's Head Because Her Mind Also Needs Rest

The benefits of rest

You may think that resting is a waste of time  and that not taking breaks will make you more productive and help you do your job better. But actually the opposite is true. Being in a work mode all the time won’t get you the best results. On the contrary, it ensures that problems such as stress, tension and depression appear faster. Would you like to learn more about the benefits of rest?

  • It makes you very creative. If your work requires you to be inventive and imaginative, you will know that if you don’t feel inspired, your work suffers. Being stubborn won’t help you either. You need to relax, do something you feel like, retreat for a while. You are not wasting your time, because once you return to work, you will not encounter that block that was there before. Everything will be a little easier
  • It promotes your judgment and decision-making skills. Making choices is an important part of life because it can bring you closer or further away from the things you want. When your head is too full, it is impossible for you to see things clearly enough to be able to analyze all possible options and feel satisfied with the outcome of your decision.
  • It reduces stress and tension. A good rest lowers your activation level. When you suffer from stress, the level of cortisol in your body goes up, which has immediate consequences, especially if it becomes chronic. Headaches, reduced resistance, intestinal problems and chronic fatigue are just a few of the possible consequences
  • It makes you happier. When these negative thinking patterns disappear from your head, your body begins to release endorphins, known as “happiness hormones.” As a result, you can enjoy what is happening around you more and feel more balanced and peaceful.
Leaves That Cover A Head Because The Mind Also Needs Rest

Knowing how to rest properly will also improve your performance at work. You will start the day full of energy and optimistic. And if you fall back into your old routine and start to feel exhausted again, it’s because you haven’t really rested. Being obsessive about your vacation and wanting to do too many things means you haven’t made the most of your free time. Don’t plan everything. Let it go and above all: enjoy  it.

If you’re not wasting your time with whatever it is you need to do, why should you be when you deserve to rest? If you’re not taking advantage of the weekends and vacations you crave, you may have set your expectations too high. Remember that your free time has a beginning, but also an end. 

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