It does seem counter-intuitive to think that if we take time to relax we can achieve more. After all, time is what we have so little of why would we “waste it” doing nothing? But research and a plethora of articles support the belief that relaxation improves our productivity.
I once worked with a manager that was a great partner when it came to breaking away from the stress of the workplace. Either he or I would say “let’s take a walk”. Regardless of the temperature we would walk the perimeter of the building, breath in fresh air and clear our minds enabling us to go back to work with more energy.
I also worked with another manager that was the total opposite. I referred to her as a “rush-a-holic,” everything needed to be done immediately, snap decisions, minimal discussion just rush, rush, rush. No time to think or reflect.
A past article in the New York Times sheds light on this thinking “The difference is that during the day we move from a state of alertness progressively into physiological fatigue approximately every 90 minutes. Our bodies regularly tell us to take a break, but we often override these signals and instead stoke ourselves up with caffeine, sugar and our own emergency reserves — the stress hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol.”
Last week I took a sunset yoga class at the beach and this all came back to me. If we carve time out of our day to nourish the soul we are better prepared to face the challenges put before us.