So you finally have a free moment, do you? A moment in which no one needs anything from you, nothing is due, and there is no expectation for you to be “on.” All that is technically required of you is to simply…exist.
While this sounds great in theory, the truth is that we often struggle to know what to do with our downtime. For some, it can even be a source of anxiety. After all, we operate in a culture that romanticizes the idea of being busy. We relish discussing our important meetings, our crushing deadlines, our need to juggle all of our various projects and social activities. On one hand, we lament the stress we feel. On the other, the stress is how we tend to gauge our success.
That being said, it’s no surprise that we aren’t always the best at knowing what to do when we have nothing to do. We frequently fill our downtime with things that resemble relaxation, but which actually have the effect of being exhausting – things like social media binges, mindless entertainment, thinking about work, and obligatory social events. While these things can be totally fine in moderation, the problem comes when they rob us of our rest. And as any kindergarten teacher will tell you after nap time, rest is crucial to productivity.
So if you are someone who struggles to actually rest when it’s time to rest, here are just a few ways to make the most of your downtime:READ MORE >>