In the hustle and bustle of our busy modern lives, most of us keep going until we finally drop at the end of the day from exhaustion.
We have all heard of the saying "burning the candle at both ends" to describe a person who is always going full speed, borrowing from the store of energy and robbing themselves of needed rest to let body and mind rest up and refresh.
This is not the best way for us to live. Being moderate, even in creative and productive work is what is best for our health.
The first place we think of when we speak of rest is in our beds for the evening sleep. We should get into a regular pattern. Going to bed at 8:30 - 9:00pm is a good time for settling down to sleep and 5:00 - 6:00am is good for rising. This pattern brings a good night's rest and unloads pressure in the morning to beat the clock before work starts.
Quiet reading, some exercise and family time at the breakfast table brings a sweet start to the day. This may be the ideal, but not always practical for certain lifestyles, but if one is able, the pattern soon starts getting easier and life is enjoyed more fully.
It may be hard to sleep the first few evenings at the earlier time, but upon rising at the earlier time of 6:00am approximately, one will soon be looking for sleep by 8:30 - 9:00pm.
Other places of rest, rather than sleep, is out in the beauty and quietness of nature. If possible, it is good to leave the busy cities behind and seek that rest in the quietness of a country setting, beside a river, or lake, in a grove of trees, or in the mountains.
Other ways can be in a good book, giving good counsel and guidance, talking to a friend, quietly taking a walk, taking time to be with the family.
When planning time out for a holiday, use time wisely and make sure the return home brings a more refreshed and "revitalised you" than before leaving.
Worry also pulls a person down and is not good for our health. It can cause insomnia, tension, loss of confidence, depression and sluggishness. Another great enemy is guilt. Guilt is likened to the mind as pain is to the body. A guilty conscience makes a restless bed fellow.
Proper rest habits contribute to our quality of life. It also adds to the length of life. Rest also improves mental and physical efficiency. During rest your body is replenished, waste products are removed and your body systems are re-energised. You are preparing for renewed activity for the day to come.
Remember - EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE MAKES A PERSON HEALTHY AND WISE.