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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Importance of Being Well Rested

Ron Embleton - The Magic Apples

Last month I was contacted by Allison M who had come across a post of mine called Taking a Break in which I wrote that I was going to take a short break from Blogging and 'unplug' for a while.

Allison has put together an infographic called Take a Break which details the benefits of taking regular breaks during the course of the working day.

It is sound advice and reading through Allison's infographic is a good idea for anyone like me who is office bound for hours on end each day.  I had to smile though at the suggestion to check Facebook or other forms of social media regularly.  Where I work most employees are not permitted internet access - and those of us who require it for business reasons are forbidden from visiting personal sites on pain of disciplinary action or dismissal!  In my case wandering over to the water cooler (or visits to the loo) are the only options I have to break off from what I am doing!

Ron Embleton - The Magic Apples
By complete coincidence I came a across an article in the newspaper this morning stating research has shown one extra hour's sleep a night can help reduce blood pressure levels (especially for people like me who get less than 7 hours sleep a night.)  I would love the luxury of sleeping more but need to get up at 5am to be at work on time, get home at 7pm, and by the time dinner is over, I've bathed/showered, tried to spend some time with my neglected family, caught up with some blog friends and done a few small chores - I've run out of hours!!  As high blood pressure is responsible for a significant percentage of strokes and heart attacks benefiting from that extra hour sounds like a good idea - note to myself - try a bit harder!

Ron Embleton - The Magic Apples

 By a strange contradiction the times we are the most productive are often when we are juggling a number of different activities.  I suppose that is where the saying comes from - 'If you want something done ask a busy person.'  Just when my working life has become far more demanding I'm also trying to write a novel in my spare time, keep this blog going and contribute to OPDAG (the Original Paper Doll Artist Guild) - my most recent hobby.

But I think this level of activity can only be sustained for a finite amount of time.  And so Allison's email and her infographic are a timely piece of advice.

Check it out - and take a break!  

All illustrations in this post are by the brilliant Ron Embleton from the story 'The Magic Apples'


Victoria Stitch said...

good advice- I am one of those people who will work solidly until something is done but then feel rubbish afterwards! I need to learn to take breaks!

Roger Lawrence said...

I've always got so much to do, I rarely manage to get anything done properly.

Kylie said...

...and it must be dark when you get home from work Sharon. That's not good. It's probably dark in the morning when you head out too. I hope you enjoy your weekends. A Sunday morning sleep-in and a cup of tea in bed is an absolute must for you I reckon.

GardenofDaisies said...

It really is true... if you want something done, ask a busy person. Back in the days when I worked with the PTA, I always knew I could get a yes from the people who were already doing a million things for the school. I think it has more to do with caring and being willing. :-) But taking a break is a good reminder. I take time to "play" a couple of times during my work day.

Jess @ Fairday's Blog! said...

You are way too busy! Definitely stop and take a break. I have always thought that a mid-day siesta was the perfect solution- wouldn't that be heavenly if a bell rang at noon, and everyone just headed off to their nap mat to catch a few winks- lol! It's great to get things done, but nothing is more pleasant than just doing nothing- enjoying the day, looking at the stars- no thought, just being. Beautiful illustrations! Thanks for sharing : ) ~ Jess

agman-aviator. said...

I would think your post would bring a smile to St Nic's face and mind. Beautiful is an under used word, your drawing's are all of that, my first visit. be well.Agman

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I have been trying to go to bed an hour earlier. So far I have been failing! There really is so much to do! I will keep working on it. ;) Great post and we could all use a reminder to slow things down a little (even if we get less done).

Donna Yates said...

Wonderful post. It's so true that we must take time for ourselves. We seem to think the work won't get caught up so we work even harder. I needed to read this post.


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