Merry Christmas everyone, and hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. As we take time to spend with family and friends living out the true meaning of the holiday, anyone find it hard to actually take time to “REST?”
Why is that? Medical science tells us we are more creative, productive, and will live longer when we value our ‘rest’ time as much as we do the hours we spend at work.
As a CEO of a thriving company, and a person that was brought up to love to work as my identity; resting is a struggle. Anyone else in the same situation?
According to the latest figures I am not alone. We, in America, are working longer work weeks, for longer span of our lifetimes, and feel resting is a luxury we cannot afford.
During this beautiful Christmas season of 2016 and beyond I am making a choice to not be like everyone else. Can we choose to see the value of rest, and plan how we are going to make it a priority going forward? This is not a matter of New Years’ ‘resolutions’, it is a priority of health, business success, wellness, and security.
Some tips to consider are:
1. Find your worth and security that is not based on your work and achievement.
2. Prioritize better and plan time for rest.
3. Set definite work hours and quit on time.
4. Organize your work and work space.
5. Exercise regularly-no longer using work as an excuse not to do so.
6. Spend time resting with your family and friends with no guilt.
7. Spend less time in front of the TV which suggests we need to work more.
8. Do something every day you love doing that is not related to your work.
9. Create an easier lifestyle that focuses on the important and not the image of
always having to be working.
Wishing for you and your family, a wonderful Christmas, where you begin making a new way of life, where rest is valued and see how your work life becomes easier and less stressful!
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the Word repeats, of peace on earth goodwill to men.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Have you heard the bells lately?