Our society stresses the importance of staying busy. This could be the reason Americans are spending more and more time at work. If you want to reach your goals, you have to put in the effort, right? Maybe to a degree.
But it’s also important to make relaxing a priority. If you don’t take breaks and rest, you won’t yield the rewards in the long run. However, many people who claim to accept the value of a little rest and relaxation don’t make a point of scheduling it. They may need more convincing before they truly believe that taking breaks isn’t lazy but essential.
If that sounds like you, here are some valid reasons to justify some relaxation and help you understand why relaxing is a genuinely good idea.
Be More Productive
Many people skip breaks and vacations because they want to be as productive as possible. They assume that spending any of their valuable time not working is key to falling behind in their professional lives. This is an understandable assumption to make but it doesn’t correspond to reality.
Researchers have found that people who take more vacations (and use them to relax) are more productive than people who never get away from work. The brain and body simply need to recharge from time to time. If you’re constantly grinding away at your office job, raising children, working with your hands, or any other occupation, you won’t get the opportunity to replenish your energy. As a result, you get less done than you would if you gave yourself a breather every now and then.
Many people feel the impulse to keep themselves busy. They don’t realize that getting some rest is key to optimal productivity.
It’s no secret that working too hard can ruin your physical and mental health. When you don’t prioritize relaxation, you may develop stress, heart disease, obesity, and much more. You need to be healthy to be your best self. So, if you truly want to be productive and efficient, you have to relax every now and then. As you shift to a lifestyle where rest is emphasized, your health will improve.
However, simply taking a quick vacation once every few years isn’t enough to achieve ideal results. To reap the benefits of relaxation, you need to schedule it consistently.
Handle Stress More Effectively
Stress isn’t always avoidable. Unfortunately, when you’re stressed out, every area of your life suffers. People under constant stress don’t realize their full potential at work. They are also less likely to have pleasant relationships with the important people in their lives, are prone to addictions, etc. In fact, you may need to consult with a doctor or mental health professional if you have trouble coping with stress. It could be a sign of depression, anxiety disorders, or related problems. Don’t assume that going on vacation will immediately correct the issue.
In general, taking more time to relax is key to handling stress in positive ways. That’s the consensus among mental health professionals. While you can’t always get away from stressful situations, you can take steps to boost your resilience when they arise.
Be More Creative
Work and achievement tend to be factors that prevent people from relaxing as often as they should. When you have goals you want to achieve, it can be difficult to feel comfortable with the idea of taking breaks. But you might consider the fact that high achievers tend to be creative. If you’re a hard worker, you can keep your job. If you’re a smart worker, you can get a promotion. Or start your own company, invent a product, or write a best-selling book.
So, give yourself permission to relax. Neuroscience indicates relaxation promotes creative thinking. After all, people often joke that their best ideas come to them in the shower. They just might be onto something.
This may be obvious, but it’s still important to cover. Sleep is essential. Sleep deprivation leads to decreased productivity, poor health, and a lot of other problems you don’t need in your life. Luckily, when you make a point of relaxing in your waking life, sleep comes more easily.
Your brain isn’t a computer. You can’t just push a button and shut it down at the end of the day. To get enough rest at night, you need to learn to rest while you’re awake.
Want to shed a few pounds? While cutting back on calories will help, you should also cut back on stress. Stress leads to weight gain for several reasons. When you’re tense and anxious, you may turn to food to cope. Cortisol levels also spike when you’re stressed out. This makes you more prone to gain weight around your midsection.
Losing weight by relaxing more often may seem counterintuitive. However, getting proper rest is actually a key component of any weight-loss plan.
You’re not the only one who suffers when you don’t relax often enough. Stressed people tend to bring the tension home with them. This has a predictably negative impact on their personal relationships. It’s hard to be a devoted and loving partner when you’re tense and overworked.
But all that changes when you make relaxation a priority. If you get enough rest, you’ll be less irritable, gain a better perspective of your partner’s feelings, and handle the tasks of a romantic relationship more easily. In fact, experts point out that relaxing more often can even improve your sex life! When your mind is elsewhere, being intimate is a challenge.
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t relax as often as they should, it may take some time and effort to change your ways. You need to train yourself to take breaks. If you prioritize relaxation consistently, you’ll enjoy benefits that can last a lifetime.
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