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Experts Recommend Taking Time Off From Busy Lives

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The idea of having a day of rest has biblical roots. Even God took time off on the seventh day. But today, the world is a different place. We are a 24/7 planet, with long work weeks, and to do lists that never end. And at some point, health experts say, we need to slow down.

"Everyone needs a stop day. For some that may involved going to church or synagogue, for some that may mean doing the New York Times crossword puzzle."

Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of the book: '24/6, A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life' has examined the reasons we should all take a day off.

"We are pouring out catecholamines, which are those kind of flight or fright hormones that are stress hormones."

And overall those take a toll on our bodies.

"They give us higher blood pressure, they increase anxiety and depression. That sort of thing."

So how can we stop?

Dr. Sleeth says cut out some of the time wasting habits.

Get your nose out of your computer, prioritize what's important to you and take that day off. Even eating your food slowly helps you enjoy life in a more healthy way. And cut out the multi-tasking, at least at home.

"There's a saying that the point of life, isn't to see how fast you can get through it."

So breathe.

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