Sometimes The Most Productive Work You Can Do Is ‘Relax’

Eat, work, sleep, and repeat. This has become our life now. We all have been so caught up in the ever-increasing competition and race that we hardly have time to stop for a minute and catch our breath. Work has become the center of our life. As a result, this is taking a toll on our health.

We spend most of our young life at work. In the urge to earn more, we don’t mind straining ourselves and working overtime. As a result, we end up harming our physical, mental as well as emotional health. Recently in Japan, a woman died because she overworked herself. This incident really makes us think and realize that overworking is only making things harder and more complicated for all of us.

Too much work is more destructive than productive. The quality of work can also be compromised. Things get out of focus and you’re struggling to concentrate as your interest levels drop. Hence, it is necessary to take a break and rest for some time.

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“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” — Plato

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Benefits of Taking A Break From Work

Regular relaxation is essential for long life and personal effectiveness. Here are few reasons why resting and taking a break from your busy schedule can be the most productive thing you can actually do:-

Recharge Yourself

When you take a break, rest, and relax, you are recharging yourself. You muscle are relaxed and gearing up to take more pressure. It not only recharges your body but also your mind and soul. Spend some time meditating while listening to calm music. Focus your complete concentration on the music and your breathing and you will immediately notice the difference.

Rekindle Your Interest

Resting and relaxing can rekindle your interest in your work. Prolonged work can lead you to lose interest in what you do affect the quality of your work. When you do something that you don’t like or have no interest in you tend to feel stressed and pressured. But relaxing can help you regain that lost interest in your work and help you come back stronger.

Improves Your Performance

Relaxing can improve your performance. It can make you work effectively and efficiently. These little breaks and relaxation sessions can transform you. After these breaks you go back to your desk with a fresh mind, that could easily crack every problem!

You got a little perspective in your time off and maybe that sparked an idea! A fresh mind can generate so many wonderful ideas and help you succeed in your career.

Saves Your Health

Most importantly, relaxing can save your health. Too much work can affect your heart, muscles, and mind. Overload of work can make you prone to sickness. Thus it is necessary to rest to remain healthy.

“All that is important comes in quietness and waiting.” — Patrick Lindsay.

5 ways to relax and cleanse your mind

1. Sleep

Spend enough time sleeping. Make sure you don’t have anything that will distract your sleep like continuous notifications from your phone. If you are unable to get enough sleep, take short power naps during the day.

2. Take A Trip

Go on an adventure. An adventure is necessary for your soul. Spend time with nature and wildlife. Go on a hike. Disconnect yourself from the tech world and connect yourself to the real world. Since a change is as good as a rest, going for a nice long walk is a wonderful way to relax emotionally and mentally.

3. Spend Time With Your Loved Ones

Family and friends can be a big source of relaxation. Spend time talking to them. Share a laugh with them. Another wonderful relaxation companion can be your pet. A pet has the power to make you feel relaxed and calm no matter how stressed you are.

4. Pick A Hobby

Hobbies are simply anything you do that’s for fun. Having a hobby is a great way to relieve stress, a creative outlet and a way to meet new people.  Do some web searches, visit the library, don’t be afraid to try new things, and soon you’ll have a hobby that provides you with a lot of fun and stress relief, too.

5. Spend Time With Yourself

Most importantly, pamper yourself. Go to a spa day. Have a relaxing bath. Dance and sing your heart out. Eat something you love. Spending time with yourself can help you transform and find yourself. This is an important way to relax and rest.

Remember to invest in the rest. “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will no withdraw from us.” — Maya Angelou.

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Felicia is a full-time teacher and a freelancer with an interest in blogging. She is also a die-hard fan of the 'Friends' series.