Resting after going through a stressful week can never be overemphasized. Even the religions we adhere to call for a day of rest.
Resting is not just a desired past time but also a way of rejigging your engines and getting yourself revitalized for the next week of hustle.
Even though it is understandable that getting a day of rest in the kind of country we live in is getting harder and
harder, know it that taking out time to get some rest will do you more good than harm.
After all, it is said downtown that ‘body no be firewood’ and as such,
no matter how strong you think you are, there may come a time you will need to take a break and give your body the rest it deserves.
Even science supports the clamour for rest and the power of taking a day off to recharge your batteries.
Here are scientific reasons a regular rest time every week is necessary, whenever you choose to make it happen or not.
1. Timeout reduces stress
Taking a rest surely reduces the stress you go through the whole week and this, you should take very seriously.
Stress levels at work are higher than ever and health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress.
Stress creates havoc with our physical and emotional health and in as much as you keep pursuing your goals of putting food on the table, skipping breaks and rest days can break you down and the money you are gathering will be spent in the hospital.
2. Taking a rest gives you the chance to move
Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome as well as a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
So you may have a job that entails you sitting down for long hours and you need to take a break from that.
You can even rest while visiting friends, working out or even taking a walk.
3. Divest yourself from work for a day
Most occupations these days are sedentary.
Modifiable risk factors for heart disease and general inflammation are uncontrolled diabetes, physical inactivity, overweight or obesity, and uncontrolled stress or anger.
We already know that work is stressful.
In addition, studies show that time sitting, as most of us do at work, influences inflammatory markers even absent elevated blood glucose, obesity or heart disease.
Each one hour increase in sitting time associates with an 18% increased cardiovascular disease mortality risk.
Apart from giving you the chance to rejig, a good day of rest will also allow you to divest yourself from work-related stress.
4. Getting away from work boosts your immune system
Chronic stress also depresses your immune system.
Conversely, adequate sleep and exercise are two of four essentials of boosting your immune system.
Take advantage of your weekends for extended rest.
5. Your active time off adds years to your life
Results of studies suggest that a higher amount of daily total sitting time associates with all-cause mortality, particularly among inactive adults.
6. Taking regular rest restores your mental energy
You probably know that just from your own experience.
Science supports your intuition! Studies show that people who do not know how to detach from work during their off time experience increased exhaustion over the course of one year and are less resilient in the face of stressful work conditions.
7. Rest time makes you more creative
Are you the creative type? You need a time out! Thinking is one of the crucial benefits of stepping back.
Just as quality time off fuels energetic resources on the job, reflective time is critical to producing solutions and creative breakthroughs.
8. You’re also more productive when you take time out from work
Let it be known that working more hours means less productivity and does not automatically add anything to your productive ability.
It is on record that the most productive countries are Germany and France with each of them mandating more than 30 days of vacation.
9.You focus better at work if you take your weekly rejuvenation time
A 2008 University of Illinois study shows that all work and no play dramatically reduces focus as well as productivity.
Conversely, regular time off work improves it. Be sure you opt for restorative breaks.
10. Your day off improve short-term memory
Do you laugh knowingly at all those jokes about senior citizens forgetting what they were going to do or where they put their keys?
Did you think it was just a sign of aging? Could be that you’re just not managing your time out during the week properly.
Separate from work, enjoy life, and as many studies show and you will probably remember where those keys are.
However, when you are taking that well-deserved rest, you will need items around the house to help you relax better.