This weekend I took some time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate! Life can be busy, chaotic, and hectic. We have checklists and apps and apps that are checklists. Sometimes to be more successful, we need to take a few moments to do less. Learn the importance of resting, relaxing, and rejuvenating to be more productive
The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one out of three adult Americans do not get enough rest. We live in a busy world and many of us take our phones, tablets, and even laptops to bed with us. It is not healthy and can actually make us less productive.
Just like any other problem, the first thing you have to do is admit you have a problem. In this case, that you aren’t getting enough rest. I often hear coworkers brag about about barely sleeping and have read articles that discuss the elite that don’t sleep. This isn’t healthy for most people and brain functions diminish with sleep deprivation.
Everyone needs sleep and it is nothing to be ashamed of; just admit that you need more quality time in bed….sleeping.
Below are a few tips to help you get the rest you need to function.
- Have an evening ritual to prepare for bed
- Exercise daily to aid sleep
- Keep your bedroom dark and slightly cool
- Go to bed at the same time each night
- Drink a warm non-caffeinated beverage
You might think that getting enough rest is all you need, but what about relaxation?Relaxing is different than resting. When you rest, you are allowing your body to recover strength and heal. When you relax, you are letting go of tensions. Relaxing can be as simple or as elaborate as you require.
When you are stressed at the office with just a split second, there are some simple techniques that you can use:
- Count to ten
- Take deep breaths
- Repeat a slogan or mantra
When you have more time to relax try some of these tips for daily relaxation:
- Take a walk
- Try a Yoga class
- Listen to classical music
For a weekend try a truly relaxing time:
- Get a massage
- Go for a hike
- Enjoy the beach
Taking care of your mind and body will allow you to be more productive over time.
Rejuvenation is defined as restoring to a former state with vigor. Vigor is a word that excites me just to type it. We each have different creative resources and outlets. There are things that replenish our energy and activities that drain our energies. We have to find the balance between the two.
Last weekend I had the honor of attending the Toastmasters #95 District Conference in Berlin, Germany. I was surrounded by professional speakers, fellow authors, and entrepreneurs. The weekend was spent collaborating and I came back with a dozen ideas of what I wanted to accomplish and try. A Toastmasters Conference may not be everyone’s ideal rejuvenation weekend, but it inspired me!
Each of us has to find ways to rejuvenate or we became stagnant and lose our creativity. One person may be drained by what another finds inspiring; that is perfectly all right. We are all unique individuals and the world would be a truly boring place if we all delighted in the same things.
Life is a Project!
The best project managers build slack into their schedule!
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