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I went past one of the big stores in Petone recently, and was surprised to see that, like our pharmacy, it didn’t open on Sundays. That got me thinking about my decision not to open on Sunday.

Retail is now a seven-day business. So is not opening on Sunday still valid? Is it time to rethink our hours?

Both at work and home I always have more projects, tasks and ideas than there are hours in the day to do sort them. So should weekends be a chance to catch up on all the things I haven’t had time to do during the week?

Actually, I think not! The reason I don’t open on Sundays is because I need some down time. Sundays are my chance to play, to rest, and to think.

Why we need a day of rest

Rest is necessary for physical health. It’s also essential for the mind and spirit, and for productivity. Some of us might feel we’re too busy to intentionally set aside a day for rest. But this attitude can harm our quality of life. The evidence suggests that taking a day off to unwind contributes to a healthier, more balanced existence:

  • Healthier body
  • Less stress
  • Better relationships
  • A chance to reflect
  • Balance
  • Increased productivity.

Make plans for R&R

I find that doing as close to nothing as possible for one full day is easier said than done. Proper rest needs to be intentional. It is more than just not working. Here are a few tips I find helpful to get that R&R day happening:

  • Learn to say no to things that might intrude on down-time.
  • Choose only activities that contribute to peace of mind and that build relationships.
  • Physical activities that we enjoy are a chance to get the body moving, especially if our day job involves a lot of sitting time.
  • Avoid doing chores, plan meals in advance, and turn off the phone and computer.

When we look after our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, we’re more likely to be successful in all areas of life. Let’s recapture the lost art of taking a rest and start living again!

~ Clive 

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