The Importance of Rest for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Toxic ,Too Busy Lives
Copyright by Jackie D. Kimball
Rest. Do you ever feel as though you can't go another few steps? Do you ever feel that if one more thing goes wrong in a day that you will have a meltdown? Do you ever feel that you can't focus or find that you are thinking in a petty and unreasonable way? Do you have extreme fatigue, headaches, irritability, nausea, and various aches and pains?
You may be physically sick and have a genuine ailment that needs a diagnosis and treatment. It is certainly needful to visit your doctor, but when you do, be sure and evaluate BEFORE you go if you need to tell him that you are not getting enough rest. "Rest?"you might say,"Of course I do...well usually I do...Um..I try to." Now you are probably getting closer to the truth!
Studies show that most people do not get the recommended hours of quality sleep on a regular basis. The hours needed depends on what expert you talk with , but ranges between six to eight hours. This lack of rest and rat race life style can lead to a plethora of assaults to our body, mind, and spirit. In other words,toxic!
(Key the melodramatic soap opera music......)
As a hamster on a wheel....so are the days of our lives...............
Let's Look At "Us"
We lead lives that are for the most part too filled with hurry here,hurry there mindsets. We are rushing to the next deadline, the next committee, the next soccer game for our third cousin's nephew, the next potluck supper at the church ,or even rushing to the second job.
To make matters worse, the fatigue that we feel leads us to procrastinate, thinking that by the light of the next day, we will feel more up to the task. The next morning we are in a rush here,rush there, "trying to get there on time " frenzy because we were slow waking up and are having difficulty getting the tasks done in an organized and swift manner.So we tend to be a blur as we make the brave effort not to be late. By the time we arrive at our destination, we are stressed, which possibly raised our blood pressure,and we realize we are not feeling well.
That's just the first two hours of the day. After work or the various other activities that demand that we be pulled around like a puppet on a string, we head home. Errrrrr...but first we must stop by the market for a few supplies that we forgot two days before when we shopped. Next, as we head home, we remember to stop by for that errand we promised that we'd do yesterday. Drat. The post office is closed, so we can't mail the bills that we are already late with,in spite of the fact that there was money in the bank to pay them. Who has the time to pay the bills until the weekend? Hum.....that is not a pleasant thought either, because there are too many must do social events, and projects that must be done.
Does this sound a bit too familiar to you? Read on!
Is Your life Going By in a Whirl?
When Even the Slightest Problem Seems Unfixable
Rest For the Body
Too many of us slice hours of much needed sleep in order to fulfill our comittments and schedules.Without an adequate quality sleep cycle,our body can't repair and rebuild.
Getting enough sleep fosters a healthy immune system to ward off diseases, viruses, and other sicknesses. Everyone knows we feel more energetic and ready to face the day after a good night's sleep.
Equally, when we do not get enough sleep our body becomes run down, our mind is stressed and our spirits become weary. We feel like the hamster in the wheel. Where are we going, and why do we get so little done? We recognize from time to time that we are anxious, but don't know why. Sleep is an understated necessity and we blink our eyes, yawn, and watch one more late show. We say we have to "unwind" before we go to sleep, when all we are doing is putting another log to fuel the fire of mental and physical exhaustion.
Sleep rejuvenates, repairs,refreshes,and allows us to focus on the task or converstaion with patience and energy.Without it, we have no reserves to draw from when stress wrecks havoc with our body ,mind, and spirit.
Additionally,Dr. David Rapoport, director of the Sleep Medicine Program at the New York School of Medicine says that studies show that a lack of sleep increases your chances of obesity,high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Rest for the Mind
Apart from the physical rest of the body, the mind needs time to "rest" from worry, problems and intense focusing that might occur on the job or with stay at home parents juggling child care and domestic needs of the family. Without adequate physical rest, the mind is under excessive stress. The person may be easily agitated and find difficulty in focusing, problem solving, and even behaving diplomatically. How many times have we watched a baby cry and act unsettled and pronounce that "he just needs to sleep. "?
Me Time In order to rest the mind, we need to find time regularly to relax from stresses of the day. It is imperative that we refuse to feel guilty when we take time to just be quiet , and let the mind relax. Refuse to think about paying the bills, what a coworker or family memmber said, and the closet that needs rearranging. Think of pleasant things and all the good things happening around you.Find a quiet spot to read,or take a power nap.
Recreation Activities you enjoy, such as scrapbooking, photography, camping ,fishing ,or just visiting at a coffee shop is another way to rest your mind.Sports you enjoy are great unless you stress again by being too competitive! There is a time for competition, and a time to simply enjoy the game! Whatever you do, make it something you enjoy. If you are not feeling relaxed and content, do something else. Don't let recreation become a chore.
Rest For the Spirit
When the body is rested, and the mind calmed ,the spirit will soar! People will tell us that we seem "to be in good spirits". We will have a better outlook on our circumstances, and feel more able to cope with the daily unavoidable stresses in life.
Whether we meditate or pray, we are more focused in that endeavor. The rested mind and body nuture the spirit. Some may say that if the spirit is refreshed, then the mind will rest. This is true,too. It is hard to separate the rest of the mind ,body, and spirit for they are all co-mingled to make us a happier person.
Let Your Spirit Soar!
Relax Without Guilt!
In many of us our lives are not balanced , chiefly because we are not making rest a priority. Rest of the mind,spirit and body must be balanced with our jobs, committments, extended family , and our inability to say ,"No, I 'm not going to be able to do that."
We cannot let our jobs and feeling of indebtedness to others gorge our entire week without rest. We can not let the feeling of flattery blindside us into accept yet another request or role.We cannot be of the opinion that we must do everything or it will not be done right. If we simply can't delegate, it could be that our opinion of our own talents may be too lofty! Perhaps if we look at the need to make rest a priority, we can evaluate our lifestyle and make changes appropriately.
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