On Wednesday I returned from Cocoa Beach, Florida and it was a joy to be there. We don’t get a lot of 70 and 80 degree days in October in upstate New York. Even so, healthy living doesn’t necessarily mean trips to warm weather areas.
While there is regenerating power that the sun sends to us, even on cold, dull, and gray days, it is important for our well-being that we find time to relax and unwind. Free time is important daily, weekly, monthly and annually.
This week’s blog post is about the importance of off-time. The truth is that to be at your best you need time to relax. In my pastoral work this is called the Sabbath principle and it’s built into the rhythm of life. Here are four tips to create a lifestyle that produces the best from you:
First, every day, find a time that you can take off. This is more than a break at work, this is a chunk of time that you can relax, get your mind off work, and allow yourself to decompress. Find time to do this every day.
Second, take a day off every week. This is the essence of the Sabbath principle. Even God took a day off after six days of work! You do the same and you will see dramatic results in your overall functioning.
Third, find a time monthly to just sit back and evaluate where you’ve been and where you’re headed. This can be outside work or during your normal work day. Find a time to evaluate the last month and plan for a productive next month.
Fourth, plan vacation time. Block that time out on your calendar before you put anything else on it. This is time that does not get bumped by anything else. This is for your soul, spirit, and mind – do not let this time get away from you! You’ve earned it, you deserve it, and this is absolutely essential for your best functioning.
That’s it. Daily, weekly, monthly, and at least annually, build free time into your schedule. This habit will produce amazing results in your work life, your home life, and your personal interior life. Try it, you’ll like it, and you’ll love the results!