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“It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

“I get a lot of the ideas when I’m resting – either when I’m meditating or getting some kind of work done on my back, like physical therapy or acupuncture. That’s where I get my best ideas, maybe because I’m balancing my body.” -Katy Perry

”Proper sleep has helped me get to where I am today as an athlete, and it is something that I continue to rely on every day.” – Tom Brady

We live in a world that glorifies the grind.  In your pursuit of artistic excellence, it is easy to get swept up in it.  You have to make money to support your dreams.   Of course, you can work a double shift. You have to be in classes. You have to be doing workshops.  Who needs sleep?  You can sleep when you are super successful.  When thoughts like that start running through your head, take a mindful moment and remember the benefits of rest.  Sleep has been proven to lower your risks of getting diseases, reduces stress, and makes you smarter.  When working on an artistic project, walking away from it for a little while actually helps you see it with new, fresh eyes.  Your brain is amazing and even when your project isn’t its main focus it will continue to work on it subconsciously.  Sometimes doing less is actually the answer.

Rest and self-care are not selfish acts.  In fact, they’re the exact opposite.  A routine that incorporates regular, guilt free rest actually makes you a better person who can then in turn help others.  You cannot pour from an empty cup.  You cannot create from a place of exhaustion.  In order for you to create and tell your story to the world, you first must take care of yourself.  Singer Katy Perry says she gets her best ideas when she is resting.  Quarterback Tom Brady credits  his success to proper sleep.   So take that nap, go on the walk and do your meditation practice.  Your health, stress levels, and future performances will thank you.  You deserve all the best things and that includes rest.

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