Do you feel a let-down–a sense of emptiness, uneasy or confused–when you have fulfilled a responsibility? If you have not prepared yourself to enjoy the periods of rest that will naturally follow task fulfillment you might feel a sense of emptiness, uneasiness or confused. Many people profess they look forward to leisure time, but then are at a loss as to how to use it constructively and enjoyably.
Leisure time is not necessarily only for mindless pursuits that are somewhat enjoyable. When you plan your time to ensure that your day contains a balance between focused accomplishments and thoughtful leisure, you will be contented knowing what is coming next and can make the most of every moment.
When you plan fulfilling activities to focus on when you have leisure time, you will be able to transition–releasing pent up stress in between periods of goal activity. You will find it easier to unwind when you have something pleasant on which you plan to focus.
Many people simply have not learned how to create leisure time or use it effectively. Thus, leisure is task-oriented, demand-oriented and packed with pressure to perform well. Instead of experiencing the joy and playfulness of leisure, they put themselves at risk of draining their energy reserves more.
Leisure is the time to renew yourself. Without that renewal time, you will burn out. Leisure needs to be time when you do it for the enjoyment of it. Leisure is as necessary as sleeping, exercising and eating healthy.
Set aside time each day for a leisure activity you enjoy, even if it is just a ten-minute walk around the block after a long day or between tasks. If leisure time during the day is impractical–consider giving yourself a 10-minute mini-vacation.
Sitting with your eyes closed visualize yourself in a peaceful and restful place–beach, skiing, swimming, hiking, boating, fishing, golfing, sleeping or reading. After this 10-minute mini-vacation you will feel refreshed, relaxed and your batteries will be recharged.