In New Zealand we, on average, work long hours; and we have major problems with depression, anxiety and suicide. But our economists worry that we are not productive enough. The conflicting ideas and values are clear. For me, looking toward long term sustainability, deliberate rest is a must.
That is what I am doing now. Since classes ended I have had two long weekends. I will be resting until late January. That is a healthy attitude.
Amanda Ruggeri writes for the BBC on “active rest”. It’s a thoughtful read coming into the holiday season. Please take time to read her article.
Mastering ‘active rest’ is far harder than it looks, but there are good reasons why we should keep working at it