Endless papers, exams, and reports fill up my schedule as my college career takes off. Everyone around me is either stressed or depressed.
Mental health is at an all-time low as fear of failure slithers its way through the crowd. All-nighters of study and stress are nothing new as it eats away at each person, while burn out is right around the corner.
What if that picture were different? What if we all took a break and rested? What a difference that would make.
Rest is proven to improve mental health, concentration, and memory. Why do we avoid something that improves our lives so drastically?
Not only am I talking about the roughly eight hours of shuteye we should get each night, but a day free from to-do lists and draining activities.
Just one day, a day to do the things that make you happy, do the things we are passionate about. Just one day a week where you can do the things that make you happy.
This day could be the day when you could recoup from a stressful week or start on something that has been put on your heart.
I, myself, have found this one full day of rest to be very beneficial. I have discovered that if I complete all my work for the week before my day of rest, I can focus on the things I want to do, rather than work. Also, I can regain my energy after hectic weeks, so I can be ready to face the upcoming week.
Even in the midst of crazy seasons, with the holidays approaching in the upcoming months, we can rest in the midst of it all.
Taking this day of rest is a time to be filled, it is taking time to do things that feed our souls, rather than drain them. It is also a time to be grateful for simple pleasures in life.
I know what you may be thinking, this is great and all, but how, in all of my busyness do I plan a whole day?
It’s important to be flexible and plan it ahead of time so you can plan your work and schedule around it. You could make a list of all the things you need to take care of before your day of rest.
Also, this day could look drastically different depending on your daily life. It could be taking a walk around the neighborhood, catching up on a good book, or creating something.
It is very tempting to want to work on your day of rest. I have been there, especially when I have three exams in the next week.
However, the outcome is greater than the present desires of work, and you will be able to get more done as well. If you have children, you could set an example of rest and have them join you.
In this spinning world, everything seems like it’s at such a fast pace, whether it’s a line that needs to go faster, or wishing the years of tests and papers away, we want more time in our lives to do the things that matter to us. However, with this idea, you could get that every week and enjoy the life God gave you.
If we keep going at the rate we are with no rest in sight, the result will only end in unmet expectations and an exhausted community.
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