Posted: Monday, June 15 2020
In today’s world, we’re often made to feel like we have to always be on the go and do more to be effective.
When someone asks, “How are you doing”, how often have you heard, or maybe said; “Oh man, I’m so busy”,
“Things are really crazy at work right now”,
or “I’m so tired, I was up until 2 am working on emails.”
Put simply, we live in a “more is more” culture. It’s almost as if people are trying to one up each other on how little sleep they’re getting or how busy they are. And no matter how stressful and hectic things get, the only relief many seem to find for themselves (and when leading others) is to “tough it out.”
While we may believe that our ability to “tough it out” is making us more resilient, stronger and more productive, research has shown that it’s actually having the opposite effect.
A recent article in the Harvard Business Review shares, many people misunderstand what it means to be resilient, which in turn leads to negative effects that come from overworking. There is a direct correlation between lack of recovery and increased incidence of health and safety problems. And lack of recovery — whether by disrupting sleep with thoughts of work or having continuous cognitive arousal by watching our phones — is costing our companies $62 billion a year (that’s billion, not million) in lost productivity.
According to Arianna Huffington’s book, “The Sleep Revolution”, “We sacrifice sleep in the name of productivity, but ironically our loss of sleep, despite the extra hours we spend at work, adds up to 11 days of lost productivity per year per worker, or about $2,280.”
You can’t keep running at a high-speed, all day every day without at some point overheating and crashing. Just like your body needs recovery time after a workout, your mind and spirit need moments to rest and recharge as well.
So how can you improve when it comes to slowing down and getting proper rest?
Good to Do: Set a goal each day to do something for yourself that refreshes and recharges you. Enjoy some new music, sit outside for a meal, or try and get as close to 8 hours of sleep as you can. (If you can’t get 8, try for 7!)
Knowing when to engage is just as important as knowing when to disengage. Taking a moment in your life to rest and recharge can go a long way in helping you better handle your commitments, your relationships, and improve your overall health and well-being.