That wisdom comes from Judith Lasater, PhD., a rest expert and restorative yoga teacher. Lasater explains the importance of resting this way:
"Everything is better when you are rested. One thing being tired, depleted and stressed out does is it narrows our perspective. It is so uncomfortable to be in our body and in our mind in those moments, and so when we are caught up with our own discomfort it is like we have blinders on to everyone else’s. We are not generous of spirit in that moment. We have no energy to do for others, to do for ourselves. What we need to do is notice that, understand its causes and conditions, and then take one small step towards resting. Today I am going to rest when I am tired for 5 minutes. Every step, every change is always small, and then there is the last one which is also small but its effects are huge."
So, take up the challenge this week. At least once each day, lie down - on your bed, a sofa, or best, on the floor with some support for your head - and just rest for 20 minutes.