Taking an hour or two to devour our favourite book, sprawl out on the couch with some piping hot tea or spend some well deserved time in the frosty (not misty) mountains is not something that comes as natural to a lot of us millennials, at least it’s not for me or many of the others I have spoken to regarding this topic.
I mean, come on! Do you not see the acres of fertile ground yet to be split, the shiny goals that haven’t been reached? Haven’t you noticed the lack of gloriously framed diplomas that ought to have been proudly tacked to the walls by now?
Maybe it’s just me who feels this way…but, based off conversations I have had with many different people, I highly doubt that that is the case. As most people do, we compare ourselves to others, considering their plight as the norm and try our hardest to fit into the striving mould society would like us to be placed into.
Unfortunately, there is a problem with this way of living our lives. When we allow society to define what our days look like we miss out on a key element of who we are and a function we must embrace in order to function, rest.
Sure, that sounds well and good but really… what are the anatomic, emotional, physical and spiritual reasons why we need to take a break from the craziness and rest our bodies?
I’ll let you know what I think 🙂
1. Health Reasons– I think it’s fairly obvious but I’m going to say it anyway… our bodies release cortisol when we are stressed out and overworked. When this happens on a consistent basis those doses of cortisol can cause some damage to the body. Sustained high cortisol levels destroy healthy muscle and bone, slow down healing and normal cell regeneration, impair digestion, metabolism and mental function, interfere with healthy endocrine function; and weaken your immune system, thus making us sick much more easily (hence why I am having to stay home from class today).
2. It’s A Great Reminder – that we can not and should not try to control every aspect of our lives at all times. It’s a good time to think on the fact that we, try as hard as we can, will not be able to micromanage everything (if at times anything). Aka: it gives us time to reevaluate our positions in the universe. We are not God, Creator of all, and need to set the magic wand down for a bit.
3. It’s Time To Face Reality – resting will prove to you that the world will not collapse without your input and can take it if you derive a little output from it. Take time to stretch your legs out, prop that book up on your lap and enjoy sun, or whatever element happens to be outside (one can never know in Lethbridge). Maybe you should just stay inside until July…take some time to realize that, although you are an important and very valuable part of this life, you do not always need to do. Choose to be okay with simply being! It’s so allowed!
I hope this blog offered a little insight into why you should try to take some unadulterated time to rest your body, mind and soul today.
I dare you to take some time, 30 minutes out of your day, and try it. ;P