One of my friends likes to say, “I don’t have a life, I have appointments”. Some days are just like that. Too many commitments, not enough time. I recently saw a post on Facebook from an old classmate, who was counting down the exact number of days, hours and minutes until his yearly 2 week vacation started. It was clear that he was anxiously anticipating a break from his daily routine.
And it got me thinking about how the speed of life today is over the limit – trying to get more done is less time. It gets exhausting, to the point that we just need to escape. We need a rest stop. Chapter 6: 8 Essential Keys
What is occupying so much of our time? Does it feel like a burden or a pleasure? How do we get that desperately needed downtime, even if we’re no longer working full time? We all need resting periods that allow our brains to process all the information we take in during the day. Those moments of being able to relax and see life in a different way, to find unexpected connections in situations, and expand opportunities for new experiences – all necessary components of nurturing creativity and decreasing stress.
What sparks your creativity and replenishes your spirit? Fishing, hiking, travel? Maybe it’s not activity, but just the opposite – sitting still in a quiet corner of the garden and letting nature seep in.
Regardless of how you decide to replenish your creative spirit, there are great benefits to doing so. For starters, here’s a few: a more positive outlook, cognitive health, stress reduction, greater resistance to disease and infection, improved ability to problem-solve. Who doesn’t want more of that?
Here are some interesting articles on nurturing creativity in our downtime:
For a More Creative Brain, Travel , Atlantic Monthly Group 2015
What Creativity is Trying to Tell You, TEDxStuttgart
P.S. If you’re ever at a loss to find a great topic of conversation at the next social gathering, ask someone about their latest vacation or trip. People love to talk about their vacation experiences (both good and bad). You may find you have to change the subject after awhile!
We’d love to hear about your rest stops.