If you suffer from chronic stress as so many people do, you likely feel like you always have to be “on.” During a typical Monday, you may go from work to the gym to the grocery store to home and before you know it, you’re falling into bed exhausted.
The worst part? You feel like you’ve done nothing because everything you did was a chore, a requirement, or an expectation. There was no time for you to just breathe. But maybe you’re okay with that — some people love being busy and can’t stand the thought of sitting idle.
Even if you’re not a workaholic, you’re used to having your mind occupied all the time. We turn the TV on before bed. We check our phones when we wait. We turn on music when we drive. We fill every minute with something. That’s just the world we live in these days!
But just as your muscles need recovery time between each workout session, your brain needs time to recharge before the next day. According to the Guardian, “doing nothing” also helps us process the day, consolidate our memory, and reinforce what we’ve learned.
It also allows us to think and reflect. It turns out that “solitude is crucial for the development of the self,” according to a Wall Street Journal article. While it may seem scary at first, sitting with your thoughts — and your thoughts alone — may force you to address life’s big questions about your personal happiness, your future, and your legacy.
So there you go. You know have more than one good reason to take a 15 minute break every day. Go for a walk, meditate, stare out the window. Doctor’s orders.
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