Ready, Set, REST! – 10 Benefits of Resting!

Top 10 benefits of rest!

I know we usually get less than enough rest throughout the week and the stress just accumulates.

rest-timeIf you were wondering how rest could benefit you, check this out! These are some benefits of getting an adequate amount of rest!

Ready, set, rest!

  1. Optimal physical performance
  2. Feeling Relaxed
  3. Improve memory
  4. Beautiful skin
  5. Lowers Stress
  6. Higher level of energy
  7. Protects your heart
  8. Keeps you safe from depression
  9. Sharpens your creative abilities
  10. Improves decision making skills
  1. Optimal physical performance

Rest is required in order to maintain a physically fit and healthy body. Not only is rest important in the recovery process of your muscles but it also promotes a healthy immune system. In order to avoid getting sick pay attention to your body. If you have been going balls to the wall in the gym day in and day out and you’re feeling run down … maybe it’s time to take a day or two of rest AWAY from the gym.

  1. Relaxation

Rest is key in achieving feelings of relaxation. Some people might get rest or relaxation confused with other hobbies like hiking or walking. The truth of the matter is, in order to truly rest and relax you have to be still and quiet your mind. Try lying down, watching a movie, or head to the pool to soak in some vitamin D! These are also a great way to boost those feel good hormones also known as endorphins!

  1. Improve memory!

Our schedules can get a little chaotic at times and remembering everything we have to do can be damn near impossible. What if I told you that rest actually helps improve your memory! Studies show that participants who read a story and took a resting break remember more of the details than the people who did not take a rest. They also remembered the information up to a week later! So, the next time you have a lot on your mind to remember … get some rest!

  1. Beautiful Skin

We have all noticed it, the morning after a terrible nights’ sleep. You have sagging bags under your eyes and the glow your skin used to hold … well, it’s lacking its luster. “Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles,” says dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. Your skin and your whole body go into repair mode while you sleep improving the look of your skin dramatically!

  1. Lowers Stress

Resting promotes a relaxing atmosphere which in turn will help lower your stress levels. By keeping still and quieting your mind you can let go of all of the negativity in your life that may be clouding your mind.

  1. Higher energy level

We all know how it feels to wake up after a terrible nights’ sleep and have that overwhelming feeling of being rundown, groggy, and sluggish, it’s horrible! Resting helps your body recover from your busy day-to-day activities and will allow your body to return to a healthy and refreshed state.

  1. Protects your heart

A lack of rest or sleep does not necessarily CAUSE heart disease or high blood pressure but it certainly increases the risk. Studies have shown that people who get less than 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night are at an increased risk of high blood pressure. Need a reason to have lazy day and rest? Protect your heart!

  1. Keeps you safe from depression

Simply put rest promotes a relaxing atmosphere. When you are relaxed you’re happy which then results in a boost of endorphins, the feel good hormone. Being happy and feeling good prevents depression and feelings of sadness! So go ahead, get a massage or watch a comedy while lounging in your pajamas.

  1. Sharpens your creative abilities

If you are a writer, like myself, you probably are aware of just how important stepping away for taking a break from your work. This goes for anyone who relies on their “creative juices” to complete a task. Writers experience what is called “writers block”. This is where we pretty much just hit a wall. We lose any ideas or thoughts that can propel us forward in completing a blog post or book. When this happens we literally HAVE to stop and put our work aside for a certain amount of time.

  1. Improves your decision-making skills

When you are well rested you are less likely to make compulsive decisions and more likely to make intelligent decisions!

Now that you have a few reasons why you should rest, go ahead! Close your eyes, catch some zZzZ’s and relax.

-mk

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