Resting

A friend shared an article with me yesterday about states that are removing laws which protected workers from having to work 7+ days in a row without a day off. This seems counterproductive and flies in the face of several studies that show resting is beneficial for productivity and profitability. We need to stick up for the rights of those workers who are in very real physical danger when working heavy machinery on too little sleep.

Fighting the system may feel like a herculean task, but there are many ways in which you can fight the systematic fatigue in your own life. First we need to remember what rest is: a cessation of work. This can include everything from doing absolutely nothing for a few minutes to napping, practicing yoga, or engaging in a fun and playful activity. What is restful for one person may not be restful for another. We need to identify what is restful, and what is possible, in our own contexts. This takes some real life experimentation if we are out of practice.

If you read all day at work, picking up a book may not be the most restful activity for you. If you are an introvert and engage with people all day at work, going out to a club may not be restful at all. For some people, knitting is a zen-like practice, for me it is torture!

I take a day off every week, and it is a constant battle not to fill it with all of the household things that got put off on other days. I work from home most days, so I try to get out of the house. My husband and I go for coffee and browse in the local shops. I go for a run or take a walk. I read a book that has nothing to do with my job as a pastor. I may sew or crochet, or bake something yummy. This is what works for me.

What works for you?

If you can’t answer, put finding out on your to-do list. Refreshing life is the reward!

For more on Rest and Real Life:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/tracking-wonder/201204/best-rest-practices-optimal-productivity-and-creativity

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