Rest
What do you do when you take a rest? When was the last time you took a rest and what did you do? When will you take a rest next time?
Vocabulary
  • Decompress (verb) - to relax.
  • Time off (noun) - a period of time when you do not work because of illness or holidays.
  • Peruse (verb) - to read through something, especially in order to find the part you are interested in.
  • Me time (noun) - time when you can do what you want to do.
  • Siesta (noun) - a rest or sleep taken after lunch, especially in hot countries.
  • Catnap (noun) - a short sleepy.
  • Groggy (adj.) - weak and unable to think clearly or walk correctly, usually because of tiredness or illness.
  • Reconnect (verb) - to join or be joined with something else again after becoming separated.
  • Stroll (verb) - to walk in a slow relaxed way, especially for pleasure.
Questions and answers
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M: Rory, how often do you take a rest?

R: God, probably not often enough. Although I'm getting better at decompressing and taking time off. Oh, and highlighting that to people and encouraging them to do the same. For example, in terms of exercise, I used to think it was important to work out every day and then I realized it's actually important to have some rest days to promote muscle growth and recovery. So now I have weekends off.

M: What do you do when you take a rest?

R: Bit of a nerd, actually. I watch videos on YouTube or I read comics and chat to my friends. I'm lucky that I have people like them actually who are pretty chilled out and they agree that relaxing is quite an important thing to do. A lot of people are like, you need to work all the time and you must be busy and doing things. But I'm lucky my friends understand the value of some me time.

M: Do you take a nap when you have a rest?

R: No, although I can see why siestas and catnaps are popular, but I always feel really unwell when I do that, so I try and avoid it. One solid block of sleep is enough for me. Although and I do get it, it's like seven to eight hours. That's fine.

M: How do you feel after taking a nap?

R: Like I said, I'm not a huge fan of them. When I have taken them, I felt groggy and not very energized, which is the point of it, although I suppose the counter argument is that maybe I'm not napping for long enough. And that's the actual problem, although I don't know how on earth you would prove that.

M: When was the last time you took a rest and what did you do?

R: Well, I just had a huge month off there, where I didn't do much extra work and I reconnected with the people in my life. And that was a lot of fun to do that reconnecting, and writing, and playing video games, and sometimes just looking at the window and watching the world go by. People watching. It's great fun.

M: When will you take a rest next time?
R: Well, I think in the summer, when I move back to Scotland. So in July and August I'd like to take some time to stroll through the forests, and the hills, and along the beaches of my hometown, and just listen to the waves breaking outside my house. It's been a long time since I was there, and I think a lot must have changed. So somewhere in Scotland seems like a good time to do this and just disconnect for a while.
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