Humans are designed to work. Humans are designed to rest. There is an optimum cycle, and being constantly ‘on’ and working is not healthy. It is also not very productive. A recent article in Inc. Magazine called working more than 40 hours per week ‘useless.’ I know very few people who truly believe that. We (Americans at least) are a culture of workaholics and looking busy is a badge of honor. Aren’t you tired?
Rest does not look the same for everyone, though there are some minimums (like sleeping at night for example). For those who do physical work all day long, sitting on a deck, reading a book may be the best medicine.
I tell my kids that my job is to delete and reply to email, so rest for me looks more like:
- Mowing the lawn – yes, making straight lines is a ‘thing’ for me 🙂
- Wrestling with my kids
- Bike rides
- Playing guitar
- Playing basketball
- Watching a movie with my wife (*added post-publish)
I see a theme of play for me. Naps just make me stay up too late at night. What does rest look like for you? Can you really disconnect from work?
Photo by Dan Cederholm