Did You Know that Stress Demands Rest?


We always talk about working more and doing more. But why don’t we talk about rest?

Recently, I started reading “Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive with the New Science of Success” by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness. The authors state, “stress demands rest and rest supports stress.”

Especially in our society, this gets lost. You have people doing more each and every day. They feel like if they stop, their business or job will suffer. If they take a moment to pause, Suzy or Johnny will speed right past because neither of them rested.

But as Stulberg and Magness point out, in the end it’s actually a detriment to productivity to not rest. Plus, stress and fatigue at one activity often spills over into another. So just because you take a break from budgeting to work on marketing ideas doesn’t mean you’re resting.

I can’t help but relate this to our training. The original methodology of CrossFit built in rest — three days on, one day off. Most Affiliates aren’t open seven days a week. Even the elite athletes need to pay serious attention to their recovery in order to train. Stulberg and Magness dove deep into the mindsets and training regimens of elite athletes as well, depicting that they are able to train so hard because they rest just as hard.

So, if we do this in our weekly training, why are we not doing this in our work and our businesses as well? You know mobility, sleep and eating well after a workout all help you recover. Those are modes of rest that let you perform at the level of stress/intensity you want in your workouts. Do you take a step away from your office and planning for the upcoming programming cycle to rest? Do you go outside and take a 30-minute break, enjoying nature at its finest?

Taking that rest is just as important as your recovery in a workout. In fact, it probably even bleeds into your workout if you aren’t resting properly from business stresses and challenges you face as an Affiliate.

Today, I encourage you to put down your business hat and take a break. Don’t take mediocre rest; actually seek out restoration. Put away all those nuisances and distractions. Take one hour to pour into yourself, to soak in the beauty around you. You’ll be surprised at how ready, able and productive you are when you put your business hat back on.

Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.