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“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19 

I started us off with a Bible verse to show that our bodies are not to be tampered with. 

Hard work is commendable and worth many blessings in God’s economy, but the rest part is 

essential. God himself rested on the 7th Day after creating. God commands us to take care of our 

bodies. What does relaxation do to the body? Getting the proper amount of sleep helps in a 

multitude of areas. Sleep is a period where torn down muscle tissue is repaired, energy is 

restored, and growth hormones are released. Sleep is an activity that should be taken 

very seriously. Getting at least eight hours of sleep can give the body enough fuel to get 

through the day. Anything less than eight hours of sleep and the body will be in damaged 

state for most of the day. Grogginess along with difficulty concentrating will plague the 

restless for a majority of the day. Rest is also extremely important to mental health. A 

mellow rest can improve the mood of a person almost instantly. Stress and anxiety can be 

combated with a 30 minute nap or a simple breathing exercise. Refusal to rest over a 

long period of time will eventually stack against you in the worst ways possible. Those 

stress levels will keep on rising and that anxiety will only get worse and worse. If worst 

comes to worst, a lack of rest could result in severe headaches or depression. I don’t 

mean to scare those reading this. My goal is to warn and give people a better outlook on 

how to improve their health. So on this National Relaxing Day, get a cool bottle of water 

(or room temp if that’s your mojo) and take your mind off of all the struggles at hand. Think one word:relax.