By Holly Firfer (CNN)-
Remember when Holidays meant a time to relax, to kick back and enjoy being off with friends and family? Now with crazy work schedules, 24 -hour Christmas sales, electronic gadgets beeping all day long and the constant go, go, go, we never stop And some experts say, that's not good for our health. We need to embrace a day of peace. Why?
The idea of having a day of rest has biblical roots. Even God took time off on the seventh day but today, the world is a different place. We are a 24-7 planet, with long work weeks, and to do lists that never end and at some point, health experts say, we need to slow down.
needs a stop day. For some that may involved going to church or
synagogue. For some that may mean doing the NYTtimes crossword
puzzle. But when we have that rhythm of rest and work, the work takes
on more meaning."
Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of the book: 24/6, a
prescription for a healthier, happier life has examined the reasons we
should all take a day off. He says being on the go, for most of us,
just means more stress to the body. "Virtually every study that's
been done on this, shows that we are pouring out catecholamines, which
are those kind of flight or fright hormones that are stress
hormones. We are pouring out cortisol, which is a stress steroid in our
And overall those take a toll on our bodies.
"They give us higher blood pressure, they increase anxiety and depression....and I think also psychologically knowing that you don't have a day coming up, that you aren't given permission to rest is difficult for people."
how can we stop? Dr. Sleeth says cut out some of the time wasting
habits. Get your nose out of your computer, prioritize what's important
to you and take that day off. Even eating your food slowly helps you
enjoy life in a more healthy way and cut out the multi-tasking, at
least at home.
"There's a saying that the point of life, isn't to see how fast you can get through it."
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