Why doing nothing is as healthy for you as working out

Why doing nothing is as healthy for you as working out

Waking rest is the “fourth puzzle piece” to wellness almost everyone is missing

Kate Carraway

I recently found myself working 40 hours in only three days while writing and editing a draft — the high-intensity interval training of life as a writer. To help maintain the pace, I made sure to sleep for eight hours, worked out every day, and paused to eat the (at least semi-healthy) meals my husband made for me. But by day four, the words on my screen were swimming and swan-diving. My bullet-train hyperconsciousness blew off its rails. I was halfway incoherent and shivery-shaky. I was so out of it I tripped down three stairs, caught myself from falling the rest of the way, and then just sat down, bleary and mystified. I knew that if I kept going, I’d get sick or just shut down.

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