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Taja Watkins-Scott, BS
Physical Health & Wellness Associate
Whenever someone is considering taking up exercise, increasing how much they exercise or wanting to lose weight etc, we often hear terms such as: “get up and go”, “get a move on” or “eat less, move more” etc. But no one ever really explains the fact that taking time out to rest and recover is just as important or even why. The emphasis is always placed on the physical activity itself.
As I write this blog it is a Wednesday which is a day I have allocated in my work week as a day off, but since becoming self-employed almost a year ago, today is the first time that I am genuinely resting.
I usually try to fit in as many errands as I possibly can on my day off so I don’t have to squeeze it in over the weekend. This is also the time that people close to me ask the most of me because they know it is my day off. After all of this I tend to end up being even more tired when I go back to work on a Thursday and this defeats the whole object of having this day off in the first place!
This rest today wasn’t even scheduled. My body went into autopilot and forced me to stay in bed to rest and recover from the constant physical, mental and spiritual pressures I’ve had placed on me by myself and others.
It was this forced rest and recovery that inspired this particular blog because I genuinely had no idea what I was going to write about this month. Instead of focusing solely on physical health and wellness as something active, I wanted to instead, breakdown the passive aspect of this which is rest and recovery. I wanted to delve into why these components are just as important as your physical activity.
Rest is defined as:
To “cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength.” - Google
Recovery is defined as:
"A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.” - Google
With these definitions we can see that we need to rest so that our bodies, minds and souls have the time to recover from the pressures and stresses we put them under on a daily basis and this can be positive or negative, but usually consists of the two as we cannot control what happens in the world around us, but by resting and allowing ourselves to recover, it provides us with the environment to build resilience and come back stronger.
How rest and recovery positively impact our holistic health:
I hope this blog encourages you or can help you to adjust your mindset to know that resting is just as important as constantly bring on the go because without rest, you don’t give yourself the chance to recover sot that you can keep going in the first place. Don’t let yourself run out of juice. Always top up and replenish.
1/27/2022 10:43:24 am
This post has encouraged me to really work on my relationship with rest. This is a much needed topic. Thank you for sharing your knowledge
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