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  • Writer's pictureRashidi Kabamba

The Hard Work Deception Part 3: Rest and Work

"Sometimes the best solution is to rest, relax, and recharge. It's hard to be your best when you are empty." - Sam Glen

Serenity, tranquillity, silence, stillness. These are the words of peace which everyone wants to feel, everyone wants to understand and be familiar with, but how come they can't attain this state of mind, this state of feeling, or these emotions. Well in my last two blogs breaking down the understanding brought forth from Immanuel Kant, I speak on elaborate on his quote saying that "reason acquires its possessions through work" and how that mindset has given birth to the modern day workaholics. With this mentality, it has also made the relationship between work-life balance really tricky and intricate, and people have not been able to reach a level of serenity because of it.

My conclusion is due to working long hours it's extremely hard to be able to have balance in your work and rest. According to medical news today, by not having a sound work-life balance it will lead to health issues later in life. Problems such as insomnia, sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, stroke, and coronary heart disease. All of these issues catch up to you slowly but surely by working long hours when you least expect it, so it's important to incorporate restful tactics in your life in order to relax, rest, and feel rejuvenated. We will be going through some tactics to feel relaxed in this blog a little later!

After reading this book by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, it completely revolutionised my thinking surrounding the power of deliberate rest and intentional relaxation. Within the book he spoke about how the relationship between work and rest have been misconstrued and how to repair it. One of the most interesting topics he spoke on was that during your rest and relaxation period your brain is still active, but it is using other areas. This is called the Default Mode Network. Default mode network is a group of brain regions that show higher activity when we are daydreaming, mind wandering, and not paying attention. During exercises like meditation, whenever the default mode network is activated we actually enhance our overall well-being. Also he states that creative people tend to tap into the raw energy from the default mode network, and more information on the DMN can be found in this book. Lastly, he said an extremely important quote, which I thought was profound.

"The command to rest is fully as important as to work in effective learning. Rest and intensive practice, he said, worked together: practising at your peak abilities for shorter periods, rather than halfheartedly throughout the day, “not only saves time in learning but develops those traits of personality in which you show yourself master of the situation." This quote justifies the message that I have been trying to convey for a while in my blogs about efficiency. Efficiency according to the google definition means "achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense." By incorporating rest in your daily routines, your able to be the most efficient when you get back to work because your mind is well rested, relaxed, and ready for your tasks ahead. With that being said, I hope you enjoyed my hard work deception series, and gained much wisdom from it!! Have a great day, peace!! :)

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