When was the last time you did nothing? I don’t mean sitting around watching TV without paying attention or using your cell phone without a specific purpose. But yes, stop and watch the death of life, without rushing or needing to occupy time with something useless?
The truth is that with the rush of daily life and the plethora of constant stimuli, with notifications popping up all the time on the cell phone, most people don’t find time, in fact, to put their minds to rest. However, it is precisely this free time that helps us get more productivityMore creativity, and of course more quality of life.
“We live in a high-performance society. What I’ve noticed is that people focus very much on quantity rather than quality,” analyzes psychologist Allen Verner.
In times of stress, when you work a lot, use up a lot and get tired in the same proportion, stress and anxiety are frequent. Although The epidemic has contributed to this – Today, Brazil is one of the leading countries in Anxiety states and depression in the world – this high demand begins much earlier, with industrial Revolution.
With the advent of machines that perform and facilitate a good part of manual labor, society begins to have more time for itself. But instead of appreciating this free time, we begin to condemn it and any synonym for rest is frowned upon.
“From that moment on, we got into a speed of action that, since then, is only accelerating,” explains Isabella Gatine, an anthropologist and PhD in social sciences from PUC-Rio University. “So it’s important to keep in mind that we are not adaptive and we are not allowed to do anything,” she warns.
That’s how 26-year-old buyer Bruna Freshenti has been feeling for just over a year. The grueling routine of work – imposed on her by her superiors and her inner demands – made her depressed. “Day after day consumes me a lot. It was obviously a job that needed more people, but I did it on my own. I arrived at 7 am and left at 9 pm,” she says, who also takes work home and does it on weekends . “It was a fear that you wouldn’t be good enough, of being fired amid the pandemic.”
A diagnosis of depression and anxiety was enough to make her look elsewhere and put her mental health as a priority. He has proven that one day a week he will break up with everything. “Sundays are sacred to me. I don’t even turn on my cell phone.”
Moments of solitude are necessary for self-knowledge
As a social being, man loves to be accompanied. However, moments of solitude are essential to getting to know each other better. “Often, a person cannot be calm with himself because the thought makes so much internal noise, and causes so much anxiety, that he puts himself into occupations, precisely so as not to hear himself,” suggests psychologist Allen.
According to her, saving moments self-knowledge It helps us listen to the body. So a person with a very serious illness or problem does not need to stop and rest.
“When they told me I was tired, I went looking for a hobby. And it was the worst year of my life, because it was desperate to enjoy doing something and not being able to because I was stuck at work,” recalls chef Gustavo Pereira, 47. After 20 years in advertising, as the director of a large agency, he felt that his passion was elsewhere – and that he was no longer the office. “In 2015, I came to the conclusion that I needed to stop.”
He took advantage of his 365 days of free time to take inspiration from every little thing that got in his way. “Most of the recipes I put in my restaurant today came from that time, because I had time, tested a lot and made mistakes without guilt, without fear,” he says.
Today, in the kitchen, he proposes the same hangout experience to his clients. “I am a miner from the farm. My grandmother taught me to cook with love, eat around tables and tell stories and enjoy food,” he says. “So I always serve filter coffee and tell how this coffee was made, with the person involved. Because if she doesn’t have five minutes to stop, I don’t want her to have breakfast. We don’t have an explicit here. He’s just nervous, and he’s only with the explanation,” he guarantees.
He advocates entertainment as a tool for awakening creativity. The biggest mistake people make is to think that creative entertainment is harmful. The moment I decide to relax, I help myself in two ways: in my mental health, as an individual, and as a legal entity, because I will reach for more kindness, calmness and perhaps an idea I haven’t thought of. work,” reflects.
The brain does not produce saturated
The creator of the term “creative entertainment”, Italian sociologist Domenico de Masi, since 1995 that the brain cannot be forced to produce when it is already saturated with information. However, when a person is satisfied and happy, thoughts tend to arrive unexpectedly. Therefore, it is necessary to know how to balance work, study and leisure, without overworking at any time. This lightness makes the brain relax, organizes the acquired information, thinks about its real needs and thinks differently than usual.
“Creative entertainment is very important to our creativity. When we are comfortable – whether taking a shower, washing dishes or walking in the park – we can find creative solutions to our problems,” says consultant and content creator Ana Carvalho. Anna, who specializes in teaching creative planning, realized that rest was part of her job. “When you understand this importance, you turn it into a habit and stop feeling guilty for not being productive.”
It is important to differentiate between this entertainment procrastination. Rest time should be used responsibly, usually without a cell phone, so that you consciously choose to do nothing rather than evade responsibility.
Therefore, time regulation is necessary so that moments of rest and meditation fit into your life. The psychologist explains: “Today’s generation has a lot of blaming themselves for not being productive and for showing others how to be productive.” In this way, the time that can be used to rest is spent in social networks – This certainly does not help the brain to rest.
“With the cell phone, we end up overburdening our brains, as if we have a duty to always be busy,” says neuropsychologist Camila Monte Oliveira.
To think about the idea of resting the brain, you have to understand how it works. “We know the brain loves routine, so whatever we do, it takes practice. You won’t be able to go an entire afternoon doing nothing. But maybe if you start with five minutes, then increase it to 10, to 15, you’ll come to a good time.” For your routine, without the guilt,” she says.
From “Dolce Nint” to “Siesta”
In some cultures, this concept is considered part of everyday life. a A dolce nent away“The sweetness of doing nothing,” is an example. For Italians, it’s a joy in life to enjoy time – whether it’s drinking wine, watching the sunset or playing for hours with a pet. a StressAnd pressure and wheel are prohibited.
in Spaintime nap After lunch this is sacred – in many cities, shops close so that the owners and employees can rest. In the Netherlands, the concept Nixon It translates the ability to completely detach from the world and oneself to work on personal development, doing nothing, and just watching. In the Japanthis is about contemplation of nature and the time of time – which is often practiced in some meditations.
In short, time to think can change your life for the better. That’s how trainer Juliana Karvalhaes, 39, felt. “The effects were gradual, but one fine day I realized I was always happy, that I loved leaving the house, making friends, and people thought I was funny, and that’s when I realized I had changed,” she says.
At age 15, after a panic attack, his doctor recommended Transcendental Meditation. “It is a technique that has a very quick effect on relief. But after I had children (Gabriel, 4, and Helena, 6) I realized that just rest was not enough for me. He remembers it.” That was when I studied Mindfulness, which helped me identify on my motivations, understanding what’s good for me and what’s not.”
She says the same transformation she felt after starting the practice, letting go of the stress of everyday life and her rush to become a calmer, more positive person, she sees today in her students – most of whom are mothers between the ages of 35 and 45. “I notice a lot of lightness in them when it comes to it, especially with regard to guilt. I realize that they live better, without the internal demands of motherhood, food and work.”
How do you live idle?
If you don’t have the time to do something you enjoy, something is wrong. A day will have no more than 24 hours, so see if your choices make sense for your life.
Being present in what you’re doing, without worries or distractions in the future, is essential to giving your mind a breath. If you do the dishes, be there. At meal times, focus on food. If you’re expecting a car app, don’t pick up the phone automatically.
Each one will need some kind of rest and for a certain period. Through self-knowledge, it is possible to understand your needs and what kind of rest you need – sleeping, thinking, making coffee, etc.
Choose times to meditate or meditate. Start with five minutes and gradually increase the time.
There is no need to blame yourself for not being productive all the time. After all, entertainment is what will keep you productive in the long run.
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