In like manner, no one knows better how to care for body and soul than their Creator. He too wrote an owner's manual, which tells us to observe the Sabbath.
Many perceive the Sabbath as limiting - mandatory disconnection from all types of weekday activities, especially digital connection to social media and email. How many people expect you to be digitally connected 24/7 and to respond to them instantaneously, too — especially with email and social media read receipts. This is a formula for burnout. The mind and soul never get a break, resulting in massive secretions of cortisol, the stress hormone. An excess of cortisol obstructs weight loss and promotes fat-storing and weight gain. It also ruins a good-night's sleep and triggers irritability, lack of patience, depression and mood swings.
Sabbath - Shabbat, as we say in Hebrew - is a day of rest from cortisol and stress. We turn our smartphones off and disconnect from social media. Instead of listening to the beeps and buzzes of media alerts, we listen to our loved ones and to the chirping of the birds. As we disconnect from the external world, we connect to the internal world - our Creator, our loved ones and our own souls. It's a time of physical and emotional relaxation and reset that replenishes and rejuvenates body and soul.
If you don't already, try a day of disconnecting every week. Pick Shabbat. Don't just disconnect; connect too - to your spouse, your children, your Creator and yourself. Take a walk in the park or to somewhere beautiful, where you can meditate and commune with your Creator. You'll feel great. Blessings for a lovely Shabbat and a beautiful weekend. Yours always, Lazer