This post is for those who regularly go from one task, right to the next. It’s specifically for the athletes who are training and focusing hard for hours at a time. I’m talking to the people who are super engaged throughout the day, and for that reason might feel regularly stressed, tired, or “all over the place.”
We can’t be “on” all of the time and that’s why sleeping well, and staying balanced are so important. Rest and downtime help us recover so that we can go hard again.
Some people believe that when you’re just chilling, and your brain and thoughts are in “idle mode,” that you’re wasting time that could be spent being productive. Others are simply uncomfortable when they take time to breathe, be still, and let their mind wander. But, is there a different way to look at it? I think so.
Unstructured thinking time gives us a chance to be creative, reflect, and even just wander.
- Give yourself time to daydream, zone out, and let your thoughts go wherever they’d like to. The more engaged you are with people, computers, and tasks, the more you mind will benefit from freedom to roam.
- Implement 3, 10 minute “mental vacations” throughout your day for the next week. You may need to set a reminder in your phone or calendar.
If you feel better because you’ve structured time out for you mind, then continue to prioritize it.
Sure, to be productive, and to reach your goals, you have to be highly engaged and focused. But, if you are constantly stimulated, and therefore your mind is trying to analyze, decipher, predict, and adapt…you are missing out on “mental freedom.”
Quote of The Day:
“Neuroscientists suspect that the default mode network may speak volumes about our mental health, based on studies in the last three years that suggest it is working slightly differently in people with depression, autism and other disorders.
That fact underscores a point: Just as sleep appears to play an important role in learning, memory consolidation and maintaining the body’s metabolic function, some scientists wonder whether unstructured mental time — time to zone out and daydream — might also play a key role in our mental well-being.” From this article in The LA Times
Are you ready to implement mental vacations into your routine? Comment below.