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Humans aren’t designed to operate at a crazy-high level without periods of relaxation. We need time for renewal, to rejuvenate the mind and body. Unfortunately, the reality is that more and more of us are foregoing rest in exchange for extra hours spent hunched over our laptops. Sound familiar? Then you need to consider actually scheduling (yes, we said scheduling!) rest periods and downtime in your calendar.

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Rest needs to be actively prioritised for us to live wholesome, balanced lives, explains freelance digital marketer and wellness content creator Dhanusha Dhoorgalu. In fact, your downtime serves to enhance your thinking and creativity. Here are more benefits you might not have known about…

1/ Rest replenishes your energy and helps repair your body

Working and being surrounded by people 24/7 can leave us emotionally drained. “Our bodies are constantly in use, so they need to rest,” says Dhanusha. “By allowing your body to rest, you help it to initiate its own internal healing. This allows the body to return to its natural state of homeostasis, enabling it to repair and recuperate.”

2/ It improves your focus

“Humans have over 6 000 thoughts a day,” says Dhanusha. “That’s a lot of thinking!” Just like our bodies, our minds need to rest. “Meditation is a great practice to help quieten the thoughts in our minds. When we allow our minds to rest, it helps us build our ability to solve problems and concentrate,” she says.

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3/ Rest improves your mood

“Making time for enjoyment is an element of rest,” explains Dhanusha. “And laughter is the best medicine! It decreases pain, may help your heart and lungs, promotes muscle relaxation and can reduce anxiety,” she says.

4/ It also boosts creativity

“When we’re under stress, we may become disconnected from our creativity,” says Dhanusha. Your ability to be creative significantly improves with enough rest, though. “Resting reduces stress, allowing you to get those creative juices flowing.”

So, when are you scheduling your next rest period?

Dhanusha Dhoorgalu is a digital content creator who helps millennial women prioritise their self-care with daily habits that improve their mental and physical wellbeing. She believes self-care is an act of revolution.  Read more about her here: www.missdhanusha.co.za

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