31 Days of Life Coaching
Day 4 - Why Rest Is ImportantAs a life coach, I'm interested in helping you live your best life. One of the things we look at is your Life Balance to help you see where your life is going well and where your life might be a little off kilter. Getting enough rest is an important part of balance.
Here's why rest matters:
- God says the 7th Day is a holy day of rest - Even He rested after 6 days of laboring to create the earth (Gen 20:8).
- Rest is necessary for a healthy body and mind - It rejuvenates and refreshes.
- Sleep is part of resting. Do you know how much sleep you need? Eight hours is an average that the majority of people between the ages of of 6 and 64 need to function at their best.
- A lack of sleep can leave you feeling groggy, unable to fully concentrate, and there is evidence it actually slows down your metabolism.
- We live in a society that values what you do more than who you are. This keeps us adding to a never-ending list of To Dos. So we're constantly in a state of catching up and striving to do more. The result is a constant flow of adrenaline and cortisol pumping through our bodies, that can lead to depression, anxiety, weight gain, and chronic fatigue.
What to do? In addition to getting enough sleep, there are ways to work rest into your daily routine.
Here are a few simple ways to rest:
- Start the day out slowly, even it if means waking up 15 minutes earlier (as long as you're sleeping enough to begin with). Build in a few minutes of thinking time, a first thing in the am simple devo (I'm loving Proverbs 31 First 5 App), a few minutes of stretching.
- Challenge yourself to keep Sunday as a day of rest. You get to determine what that really means. For me, it means church; a walk; writing what I want to write, not doing any of my work-related assignments; enjoying a leisurely meal; having friends over for a casual afternoon, but not putting pressure on myself to put out the red carpet. Chili anyone?
- Throughout the day, just breathe! As you start to feel stressed, in a chair, in the car, even standing up at the kitchen sink, take five deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose for the count of five, extending your abdomen, not raising your chest, and breathe out through your mouth for the count of seven.
- Try a power nap. Many of us start to feel sleepy and worn out around 2-3 p.m. One of the ways to get a burst of energy and a sense of renewal is to take a nap for about 15-20 minutes. Click for an informative article from WebMD on napping.
- Try the Pomodoro Technique. This is a great task management tool that helps you break down your tasks into 25 minute increments, followed by a five minute break. The break can be used for a quick social media fix (is there such a thing?), a short burst of exercise, a simple walk around the room, a few minutes to throw in a load of laundry, even a quick swipe of the bathroom. For more info, start here at Pomodoro Technique. And for a simple timer, try this.
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How can you build some rest into your life? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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