Welcome to another fresh start Mondays, where we change the narrative… Today, we will be taking a closer look at rest.

To rest means to cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength. Rest has become increasingly undervalued in our society today. The concept of being always busy and on the go has taken over, to the point where it is even advertised.

Yes, it is important to be productive and yes, it is important to seize opportunities. BUT it is equally important to maintain balance. It is important to take a break and allow our bodies to recover.

During periods of rest our bodies get the opportunity to replenish, repair and recover. This enables us to enjoy better sleep, boost our immune system, enhance our brain function and encourage healthy organ function; thereby improving our overall health and productivity.

So, it may appear as though we are losing time when we rest, but is it really so? Can you recall a time where you were so busy trying to meet deadlines, yet you got to a point where you can do no more? And after getting some rest, you are able to get them done faster and with new ideas? I can, and it is a most wonderful feeling to meet the deadlines while still being rested.

As we are in the middle of the year, and we seek to continue on our purpose journey, may we respect our bodies in our pursuits. Afterall, we only get one body to carry us through the times. Let us not get preoccupied with an always busy mindset, but may we seek to be balanced in our approach to achieve our dreams and change our narrative…

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