“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.”

-Mark Black

In previous posts, I’ve written about how important it is to not let a goal become an obsession. Indeed, any goal needs focus and attention. But it also needs an amalgamation of hard work and then taking the time to acknowledge the hard work.

Or as it’s more commonly expressed, stop and smell the roses.

Working hard and focusing are no doubt crucial to going forward in life. Equally important, however, is to take a step back every once in a while and appreciate what you’ve accomplished so far.

The benefits of doing so are twofold.

First, it’s important to give yourself time to recharge your batteries.

And this ideology is stressed in any profession. That’s why there is a paid vacation period in almost every profession. That’s why kids in schools have summer vacations.

Even intense bodybuilders advocate a rest day in between workouts.

Many bodybuilders have said that the growth of muscles occurs in between the workouts when the muscles break down and regrow just slightly bigger than what they were. Think of your brain and mind the same way.

Secondly, stepping away for just a moment allows us to be more clear headed and objective, especially when it comes to dilemmas. After all, where do you think the term “let’s sleep on it” come from?

A crucial thing to remember, however, is to not let a breather become outright laziness. In order to avoid doing so, I think one should keep in mind two important reminders:

  1. Firstly, relaxation is a bandaid, not a cure. When you relax, you’re temporarily putting a stop to the stress of the endeavor. But that doesn’t absorb you of responsibilities of the task at hand. You’re relaxing for the long-term benefits of doing the task better.
  2. Think of a relaxing period like sleep. The hours of sleeping vary person to person. It’s vital for everyone. But it’s not permanent unless it’s death. Relaxation should be viewed in the same light.

How important do you think is relaxation? How do you personally keep a tight line between relaxing and being lazy? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.

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