Time For a Break

No time is wasted on a break

We have successfully transitioned into the after effects of the great reset that followed the covid-19 pandemic, many of us are ready to restructure our lives. At the moment, it seems that we are in a state of limbo and uncertainty. In my city, venues have been recently opened and restrictions have been relaxed. Naturally, this has brought up many questions and uncertainty. It was time to engage in a conversation in my journal. 

“Sometimes doing nothing makes way for everything.”

Hiral Nagda

As someone who works from home, I’m faced with questions of productivity. I can see myself as someone who must balance the demands of a home and a business in a successful manner. A sense of selfishness and guilt overtook me when I explored my feelings about the topic. In my subsequent exploration, I realized that I felt this way because of the work culture in which I’ve been engaged for over 16 years.

Having been an employee since 15, the only thing that makes sense to me is a coffee break and a lunch break accompanied by the generous seven vacation days each year. Working for an employer leads to a culture of restricted and limited schedules. I can only speak for myself here when I say that, for me, it didn’t improve my productivity. Here we are now, where I have been shaped by a culture that discourages leisure time like it’s the dark one itself. Whenever we indulge in leisure time, we seem to be overwhelmed with guilt. We keep believing that taking our feet off the gas will cause us to crash, but in fact the opposite is true. 

In a recent study led by the University of Rutgers Business School, the study had more than 1300 participants in four different countries, and found that participants who believed leisure activities were a waste of time had higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress than those who placed a high value on leisure activities. In saying this, going full throttle isn’t sustainable; if you operate without true breaks in either your job or personal life, then you must be aware that this has been proven to have harmful effects on productivity and performance. As we often find ourselves buried in stress, this is a good time to take a break; I recommend writing in your journal every time that emotion of confusion or anguish arises when you think about taking a day off or doing something else besides work. 

“Taking a break can lead to breakthroughs.”

Russell Eric Dobda

Journal Entry 

How important is it to you to participate in leisure activities? 

When you think of taking a break, what emotions come to mind?

How would you describe your favorite leisure activity?

Please feel free to share your discoveries with me by leaving a comment or via email if you wish. Encourage conversations with your friends by asking them these questions. 

Let the pen speak through you, and happy writing!

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