It's Spring -- Stop and smell the roses!
is what's happening when you're too busy to notice."
I was a young child, I remember that grocery stores were not open
on Sundays. I also remember how upset my mother was when the first
local grocery store opened its doors on Sunday. In protest, she refused
to shop on that day because it was supposed to be "a day of rest"
for the employees.
many of us honor the Sabbath today or have at least one day of rest
when we do not focus on work? In our desperate drive to lead successful
lives and handle our many responsibilities, I'm afraid that many of
us have lost sight of the importance of taking a day off each week
to rest…myself included!
Wayne Muller's book, Sabbath,
he speaks to the importance of rest. Here's an excerpt taken from
In the relentless
busyness of modern life, we have lost the rhythm between action
and rest. As the founder of a public charity, I visit the offices
of wealthy donors, crowded social-service agencies and the small
homes of the poorest families. Remarkably, within this mosaic there
is a universal refrain: "I am so busy."
We say this
to one another as if our exhaustion were a trophy, our ability to
withstand stress a mark of character. The busier we are, the more
important we seem to ourselves and, we imagine, to others. To be
unavailable to our friends and family, to be unable to find time
for the sunset (or even to know the sun has set), to whiz through
our obligations without time for a single mindful breath -- this
has become the model of a successful life.
Yet the more
our life speeds up, the more we feel weary, overwhelmed, lost. Our
life and work rarely feel light, pleasant or healing. Instead, as
it all piles endlessly upon itself, the whole experience of being
alive begins to melt into one enormous obligation.
Because we do
not rest, we lose our way. We miss the compass points that show
us where to go, the nourishment that gives us succor, the quiet
that gives us wisdom.
During the last
25 years, our leisure time has declined by 37% while our work week
has increased by a full day. We have forgotten the Sabbath. Taking
time to honor the Sabbath is like honoring the necessary wisdom of
dormancy in nature. Did you know that if certain plant species do
not lie dormant during the winter months, the plant begins to die
off? Rest is not just a psychological convenience, but a spiritual
and biological necessity.
is money … or is it?
you're burning the candle at both ends,
you're not as bright as you think you are."
may be unaware of how run down you are becoming. Perhaps you have
bought into the old adage that "time equals money." If spending more
time at the office equated to making more money, we could all retire
early! By now you've figured out that more time at the office does
not necessarily equate to more or better results. In fact, it often
means fewer results and more mistakes.
vast majority of my coaching clients complain of having too little
time, leaving them feeling depleted, stressed, frustrated, and pulled
in every direction. If you're like many others, you are booked solid
with little or no time to rest. In between appointments, you struggle
to catch up with projects, reports, reading, phone calls, correspondence,
e-mail, etc. With the pace you keep, you probably feel like you're
running on empty. This can wreak havoc on your business or career,
as well as your personal life.
Consider these common symptoms of fatigue:
In addition to being
essential to our health and well-being, taking time off to rest also
makes good business sense. Not doing so comes at a tremendous cost to
business. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees
who take time off from work because of stress, anxiety, or a related
disorder, will be off the job for an average of 20 days.
of motivation and energy
efficiency and effectiveness
quality / increased mistakes
cannot make work stress-free, some are finding ways to take the edge
off. They're realizing that when stress goes down, productivity goes
up. Some companies, such as Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, have started
offering employees on-site chair massages. Other companies, such as
Chicago-based HLB Communications, have created recess time during
work hours -- a time for employees to take a break, clear their heads,
and then go back to work and be more productive.
you imagine what music would be like with no rests? Try humming a
familiar tune without honoring the rests, and you'll soon recognize
you are one who has difficulty relaxing when you have free time, your
body is probably so accustomed to running on adrenaline that it does
not know how to derive its fuel from healthier sources. It's time
to start practicing new behaviors that reduce your reliance on adrenaline.
rest in your life by trying some of these ideas:
one day a week on which you choose not to conduct any business
- no professional meetings or calls, correspondence, checking
for messages or e-mail, etc. Many people choose Sunday for
their "day of rest."
something to rejuvenate yourself -- perhaps a massage, bubble
bath, listening to relaxing music, or losing yourself in
a good book., or doing some gardening.
the number of hours of sleep you need for optimal functioning.
Create a plan to help you get the rest you need.
deeply. When running on adrenaline, we have a tendency towards
shallow breathing. When we deprive our bodies of oxygen,
we experience such things as cold hands, high blood pressure,
and feeling anxious.
moving! A brisk walk or some other form of exercise is one
of the best things you can do to reduce stress and restore
health to your adrenal system. By releasing some of the
adrenaline, your body will be in a more receptive state
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