Don’t Forget To Let Your Brain Rest

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It’s Labor Day, a day set aside for rest. Did you know that a part of each day should include some time for your brain to rest?

Practically speaking, that means turning off Netflix when you get on the stationary bike, strolling at lunch without ear buds or riding the train without watching your phone.

It is hard to disconnect in a world that has us connected to technology 24/7. “Smart” phones may be smart but it’s not smart to stay connected all the time. They constantly stimulate, but, research shows, they can overstimulate if not kept in their place. “Bring back boredom,” says Dr. Michael Rich, director for the Center for Media and Child Health in Boston. “Downtime is to the brain what sleep is to the body.”

Something to Think About
If you get in the habit of giving your brain downtime, permission to be silent, new ideas and creativity will root and bloom.

Weekly Activity
Be intentional about downtime for your brain this week.

Words of Wisdom
Think of a wave: it washes onto the shore, and then it rolls back. Likewise, each of your activities has a backside of stillness. To be with people, you must be alone. To listen, you need silence. To exercise, you need rest. You do not need to inflict rest, silence, or aloneness. You can simply surrender to your existing urges for these essential actions. – Vironika Tugaleva

If you wish to be refreshed, rest. –  Lailah Gifty Akita

Do your best and take your rest. He who fights and recharges is poised to discharge his opponent. –  Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order. – Susan L. Taylor

Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other. – Henri Nouwen

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