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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

Stress Management: Taking Breaks 2

"Work under pressure may be fast but not best. Work with pleasure may be moderate, but not accurate." - L.S. Priya Chenthil

Taking breaks, having to rest, to feel great and feel your best

In the last blog in terms of taking breaks we went through the importance and health benefits of taking breaks according to research based on Michigan State University. Also, I detailed why taking breaks was important for myself and how I was able to take breaks consistently throughout my day in order to feel more replenished, restored, and rejuvenated! Now I wanted to make part 2 of this blog because throughout my reading and research, I have been able to come across some very potent information in terms of why moderate working is very important to your well being and health. This information, I was able to stumble upon by reading a book by one of the greatest thinkers ever seen named Adam Smith. His book is called the Inquiry and the Cause of the Wealth of Nations, and in the book he details why moderate working is important.


"Great labour, either of mind or body, continued several days together, is in most men naturally followed by a great desire of relaxation, which, if not restrained by force or by some strong necessity, is almost irresistible. It is the call of nature, which requires to be relieved by some indulgence, sometimes of ease only, but sometimes too of dissipation and diversion. If it is not complied with, the consequences are often dangerous, and sometimes fatal, and such as almost always, sooner of later, bring on the peculiar infirmity of the trade. If masters would always listen to the dictates of reason and humanity, they have frequently occasion rather to moderate, than to animate the application of many of their workmen. It will be found, I believe, in every sort of trade, that the man who works so moderately, as to be able to work constantly, not only preserves his health the longest, but in the course of the year, executes the greatest quantity of work." - An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations

Overall, Adam Smith is a man beyond his time and was able to hint at an important aspect of well-being at that time, which was important for us to adhere to now. His book the Inquiry and the Causes of the Wealth of Nations is an extremely great book and it's been a great read to enhance my intellect and business acumen. I hope you enjoy the blog and stay tuned for more soon, peace!! :)

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