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“Worry often gives small things a big shadow.” – Swedish Proverb

No two people are alike. One man’s rest is another man’s worry. Worrying is defined as giving way to anxiety or unease; allowing one’s mind to dwell on difficulties or troubles. Worrying is a chief cause for anxiety, stress, and can directly affect our mind, body, and spirit. Worry wears people out! 

Worry creates the anticipation of an outcome that is generated out of fear of the unknown and is usually far greater than any real trouble that might materialize. Worry keeps people up at night, sidetracks them during work and family time, and causes physical symptoms that mimic some intense health issues. 

Worry intensifies when you’re tired. Being worn out physically and mentally can make worry more common. Not having enough energy to face the day can make it harder to problem-solve even simple issues. That’s why rested people tend to worry less. 

Well-rested people tend to manage stress easier

Someone who is getting enough sleep has proper nutrition, and adequate time off for themselves is generally better equipped to manage more stress. Having a clear head makes it easier to see the bigger picture and be less driven by emotion. 

When our bodies are tired – physically, emotionally, and spiritually, it can be hard to tolerate stress, pressure, or expectations. At some point, people begin to check out as they reduce their energy to the most basic of needs. Worry sets in and magnifies the weariness. The only solution is to unplug and get some rest. 

Well-rested people solve problems with ease 

Being well-rested improves brainpower. This makes problem-solving easier. An absence of worry opens up space to think about solutions rather than what could go wrong. Well-rested people can look at every aspect of a problem without magnifying the negative. They have a healthier perspective and approach to problem-solving.

Well-rested people worry less. Their worries are generally based in reality – because there truly are things to worry about in life – and they tend to be able to cast aside their worries, solve their problems, and move through the roadblocks with greater ease. 

Being rested is the key to success. Anyone can reduce their worry-load by increasing their rest. Worry is an action that can become a habit when people don’t get enough rest. Making rest a priority can help reduce worry and increase coping skills as well as improve critical thinking.

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