How To Keep A New Years Resolution – The Importance of Making Time For Rest

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This week we’ve been talking about how to keep our New Years Resolutions, to catch up click here!

In today’s world, rest is a hot commodity.  We work 60 hour weeks, commute for an hour a day, and if we are lucky, get 5 hours of sleep a night.  Not only is this an unhealthy routine, like we discussed yesterday, but you will never accomplish your goals if you don’t learn to rest.

Rest is nothing new.  People have been resting for ages, but somewhere along the way we as a society began to demonize rest as something for lazy people.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

Think about it in terms of working out.  You can’t work out every single day.  If you try to your body will give up and give out.  It needs a rest day to recover and rebuild.  Just like working out, we need rest days in our lives to recover and rebuild.

Now this may look different for you than for me, but a day where you can recover from your week and not be stressed out from work will keep you more focused and ready the following week.  You may spend time with your family, observe your religious beliefs, go for a walk or hike, read a book, etc.  But the important part is removing the stresses of life for even a brief period of time.

The important thing is to make time to rest!

This does not mean taking a break from your resolutions, however.  But instead, fulfilling them.  The same rest and recovery will help you focus in and accomplish your resolutions, just as much as your daily/weekly tasks!

What is your favorite thing to do on your rest day?

Renaissance Man Thought of the Day:

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.

- John Lubbock

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