Updated: Jan 22, 2018
Our lives can become consumed by planning, preparing, practicing, making, and doing - so much so that we may become tired - mentally, physically, and spiritually. When the demands of life increase, we often tend to push ourselves even harder which can place a strain on our brain to the point where we lose focus, become bored, unmotivated, and inefficient.
Learning to take breaks is imperative for our wellbeing. When we are in a restful daydreaming state we can actually benefit from a different type of brain activity. This daydream or diffuse mode is where we can solve difficult problems and be inspired by new ideas that seem to come from nowhere.
Rest is not to be confused with quitting. Rest is good for us. Taking breaks allows us to retain information better, makes us more focused, happier, and more productive. Taking breaks allows us to reevaluate our goals and approaches. Rest enhances our immune system, and improves our concentration.
Over-extending our brain brings on unhealthy stress and can lead to making mistakes: It can make us irritable, and can even make us sick. Over-stimulation today is common and according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta it is prematurely aging our brains. He called it "America's hidden epidemic."
I am sure there are many things you want to accomplish in your life. There is work to be done, cell phones to attend to, places to be, and even things to create. As you go about your day and set goals for your life, remember the importance of taking a break. Listen to your body, mind, and soul when it is craving restoration. It is by resting that are able to continue in a way that offers the world the best of who we are.
"Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possible do is take a complete rest."
- Ashleigh Brilliant
"And he said, My presence shall go [with thee], and I will give thee rest."
(Exodus 33:14, KJV)