The hectic nature of every day life is very demanding for all of us. Many people live with a high level of stress on a daily basis, and that puts a strain on our health. If one is also tired, resistance to the challenges of everyday life is in turn lower. A self-help classic presents us with the secret price to be paid if you would like to live a life free of worry.
Many of you are likely familiar with this book, either from your parents or perhaps you've even read it yourself and then forgot about it. It is indeed a classic in the self-help field, and many authors have expounded the ideas it presents or simply copied them with a bit of rewording. Dale Carnegie's book entitled "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living" is one of the best and most sold classics. It's an obvious recommendation that everyone reads this book.
Many small worries put a strain on our healthA storm might be nothing for a big tree that's been standing for years, but many small beetles can destroy such a tree given enough time. In general, it's not the big worries that cause us harm over the long term, rather it's the many smaller cares that we have to deal with on a daily basis. There is moreover a phenomenon that supports the cycle, and that is becoming more and more common as the speed of the world in which we live seems to be accelerating. People are simply living with more fatigue. We barely have enough time to relax and recharge our batteries.
"Rest before you are tired" is Dale Carnegie's tip, and it's a message that is both simple and difficult at the same time. What he means by this is that you should incorporate many small breaks into your everyday life. If you're feeling tired in the morning, for example, pause whatever you're working on for a bit. Enjoy a short nap during your lunch break. Lie down for a while before your evening meal. Most importantly, go to bed at a proper hour so that your body has the downtime that it needs to process all the activities of your day.
Trouble sleeping? Don't panic!
Not sleeping well at night is also not a cause for panic. "If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep." How right he is! If you're not able to sleep, do something relaxing like reading a book until you feel tired enough to sleep, then go back to bed. Moreover, if you can't sleep a wink all night long you should not worry too much about it. Worrying is the real cause of the problem.
Helpful tips for avoiding tiredness
Below you'll find a summary of our recommendations – following them is good for your health:
- Enjoy a break whenever you are tired…or even better, take a break before you're tired
- Try to relax your body as much as possible throughout the day, even while you are working. Pay attention to tension in your body, and let it go!
- If you're not able to sleep at night, get out of bed and read something until you become tired. Then go back to bed.
- Many short pauses spaced throughout the day can really work wonders. Don't just push through stress and keep working. It has actually been proven that taking several short breaks makes you both more productive and more efficient in terms of work performance.
These recommendations can help you to heal yourself and prevent many health problems from developing in the first place. For example many digestive complaints are related to stress, so some quiet time and relaxation can be all you need to find relief. Read (or reread) the classic book by Dale Carnegie, and more importantly put his recommendations to good use!
Source: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie, first published in 1948
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