Volume 3

The Elevated Edition

The Rest Issue

You have permission to rest. You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken. You do not have to try and make everyone happy. For now, take time for you. It’s time to replenish.

26 minutes

NASA studied pilots and found that a 26 minute nap increased alertness by 54% and performance by 34%. A 40 minute nap improved alertness by 100%.

52/17 Rule

The most productive people work for 52 minutes at a time, then break for 17 minutes before getting back to it

1 million

One million employees are missing work each day due to stress.

There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.

Alan Cohen

2020, you have been a year for the books.

I think we’ve all grown in more ways than one this year. Despite the hardships we’ve all faced at one time or another, a bit of struggle is essential to the growing process.

But after a hard year like the one we all just faced, it’s time to rest.

Originally, I had another theme in mind for December. It’s a theme I know well and it should have been easy, but I just didn’t have it in me. I’m spent.

So I’m taking my own advice and pursuing a bit of rest.

This month’s edition is going to be short and sweet because I think we can all use a break right now. We all deserve a chance to enjoy the holidays and celebrate with our loved ones.

Last year, my workload was through the roof and I barely enjoyed the season. I’ve vowed to not let is become a habit. So after wrapping up a handful of one-time projects I plan to go a little MIA to focus on true rest. I honestly look forward to simply existing at home with my significant other and our pets.

So wrap up whatever it is you’re doing and take a breather — you’ve earned it.

BREAK: Remaster the lost art of the long lunch break >>>

MEDITATE: Learn how to meditate >>>

BURNOUT: 4 ways entrepreneurs can get the rest they need to never burnout >>>

SOUND: Neuroscience says listening to this song reduces anxiety by up to 65 percent  >>>

SOUND: Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. Experience a sound bath and let the music carry you away >>>

SOUND: Revisit our interview with Jacqué Palmer of Pop-Up Sound Bath and how she uses sound baths to help people heal >>>

Brian Scudamore

"If you go dark on vacation, you will be ready for the light when you return."

How To Relax Your Mind After a Ridiculously Hard Day at Work

"We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting and relaxing. We worry too much. We don’t allow our bodies to heal, and we don’t allow our minds and hearts to heal."

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Further Reading

How to Survive a 60-Hour Work Week

9 tips to keep your mind and body healthy

The Rule of 52 and 17

It's random, but it ups your productivity

12 Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history.

49 Productivity Statistics

49 productivity statistics that put progress in perspective

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