Rest: It Does a Body Good

Posted March 9, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

It’s Friday today, and I hope you’re all looking at a very restful weekend. Why? Because whether you like it or not, rest is key to your success!

I shared a quote from my coach a while back. She said to me, “Any idiot can work 25 hours a day!” Which caused me to ask myself the question, how am I really spending my time? And am I giving back enough to myself? Doctors and psychiatrists all over the nation would argue that an epidemic is occurring in this country – a nation full of people who aren’t taking care of themselves, who aren’t getting the rest or the down time they need.

One of my favorite blogs, Becoming Minimalist, recently posted this article, “The Underappreciation of Rest in Today’s Society.” In it are some powerful arguments. From our unquenchable thirst for cash to a world with a 24 hour on button to a common misperception that rest equates laziness, there are countless reasons Americans specifically no longer value rest.

And if Becoming Minimalist doesn’t get to you, take it from one of the nation’s most successful women, Arianna Huffington, in her wildly popular (and very short – take the 4 minutes to watch this now!) TED Talk about “How to Succeed? Get More Sleep.” Check it out below.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."