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midweek Connect: 1/27/21 ~ The REST - of us!


Greetings and Happy Midweek,

So, we have almost made it through this first month of this brand New Year.

Wow...does it seem to you, as it does to me, it’s been a very long month (with a lot happening) - which however has managed to fly by?


This week, I’d like to share with you again from the PROfile section of Global SKILLs PROACTIve strategies training. I’ve become increasingly aware of the on-going (at this point sky-rocketing) stress levels we all, around the world, are experiencing. This due to the global pandemic, amidst all the other challenges life presents each of us. So, I thought it’d be a great time to focus on REST.


For us humans, with all our agency and power to choose how we spend our time, rest can often seem like a commodity we’d love to buy more of or an elusive goal we set and never quite achieve. Adding to those challenges, our cultures define and manage rest in so many different ways. Check out the LINKs below for a few interesting examples. And nature gives us more ideas as we see very diverse types of rest, from birds which rest and even ‘sleep’ on the wing as they fly over the ocean (the ultimate multi-tasking?!) to animals which go into hibernation effectively almost completely shutting down their ‘life’ systems. What can we learn from all that?!


I, for one, am needing more rest - and indulging myself lately in replacing one daytime ‘nap’ with shorter deliberate ‘rests’ during the day and lengthening my nighttime ‘sleep’...not quite hibernating, but close to it!


How about for you - what’s one inspiration you find in reflecting on this topic about the RESTing component of your cultural PROfile?

Take a minute and share about that with a friend or share it here...


Until next week,

Betsy


Global SKILLs LINKs

People-wise:

“Rest Stops” as a cultural phenomenon: https://www.harrellandbeverly.com/blog/the-best-rest-stops-in-the-world

And talk about commodities...https://www.sleep.org/napping-around-the-world/

Nature-wise:

Frigatebirds really do ‘sleep’ while flying: https://www.audubon.org/news/scientists-finally-have-evidence-frigatebirds-sleep-while-flying

Problems arise when rest is disrupted - here’s an example of what happens when bees and flies aren't getting enough sleep!

https://theconversation.com/pollinators-neonicotinoid-pesticides-stop-bees-and-flies-from-getting-a-good-nights-sleep-153673#:~:text=For%20insects%2C%20it%20ensures%20they,night%20into%20day%20for%20bees.


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