Health and Happiness Secret #4: Rest for health

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time”   ~John Lubbock

Rest for Health - Back In Place Templeton CAI bet good ole’ John knew what he was talking about regarding the above quote.  The point is that you need to rest to be healthy and more productive.  You must “sharpen the saw” before you start sawing.

“But Doc, I can’t seem to sleep through the night and I am exhausted in the morning and throughout the day”.

Well, this is a good time to evaluate some of the causes.

  • Are you eating large meals before bed?
  • Are you drinking stimulating drinks (i.e. caffeinated) throughout the day?
  • The only exercise you’re getting is from opening that bag of Doritos or that jar of “hard to open” bean dip.
  • Are stressing on stuff that is out of your control?

If any of the above applies to you, being aware is a good start.

Here’s something to try…

  • Get into bed by 10 p.m. (don’t worry; your life will be waiting for you in the morning and there’s always TiVo.)
  • Make sure you are getting at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night (necessary to restore and rejuvenate your body)
  • Think of 10 things you are grateful for in your life (It reduces your stress and is better than counting sheep)
  • Eat a light dinner
  • No caffeine after 3p.m.
  • Take a power nap in the afternoon (15 minutes to ½ hour).  If you can’t nap or you feel uncomfortable napping then…
  • Meditate: Sit in a chair in a quiet room for 15 to 20 min. Breathe deeply and slowly from your abdomen.  Clear your mind by just focusing on your breath or the #1. (The above statement is said in a mystical, foreign accent)
  • Listen to the song, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” before bed!

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