Unschedule Your Weekend For Stress Relief
“Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
This weekend, take time out. Here’s why: The creative benefits of unstructured time are very well established. During childhood, ‘play-time’ is essential for the development of your pre-frontal cortex, including regulating emotions, making plans and solving problems. So intentionally scheduling unstructured free time at regular intervals can be an effective forms of stress relief.
“The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says.
The creative benefits of unstructured time are very well established. During childhood, ‘play-time’ is essential for the development of your pre-frontal cortex, including regulating emotions, making plans and solving problems.
Find Time This Weekend To…
1. Meet Personal Needs That Have Been Put Off For a While
Whether you’ve wanted to go for a walk, take an afternoon nap or join an arts and crafts class; this weekend can be spent as it needs to be spent for yourself. By rewarding yourself, you will boost your mood and general feeling of personal self belief and acceptance!
2. Realise the World Continues to Operate When You’re Not Working
Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, says, “We seem to have a complex about busyness in our culture. Most of us do have time in our days that we could devote to simple relaxation. But we convince ourselves that we don’t. It seems there is always something that needs doing. Always someone who needs our attention.”
3. Be Spontaneous
One of the benefits of having unstructured free-time over the weekend, is that it’ll give you the ability to dissipate stress, replenish your energy; and when that last minute invitation presents itself, you’ll finally have the desire to say ‘yes’ .
Regardless of where you are and what you do, the world will continue to function and move. Though being productive is important, it is also essential to set the time to relax and accept your own limitations without feeling helpless.
So this weekend, boost your mind, body and soul. Let your mind wander and your plans change with your mood. And see what a difference it makes to your week ahead!