In Defense of Total Relaxation


How are you going to spend the last official week of summer? Will you savor the still-long days, or stress about the return to reality: back to school, back to a no-nonsense work schedule?

Answer: Respect the recharge.

“The space and quiet that idleness provides is … paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done,” writes Tim Kreider in one of this summer’s most popular essays, “The ‘Busy’ Trap.”

But working women, and mothers in particular, are prone to feeling torn in multiple directions, according to a Gallup poll last year. And the more “time poor” you feel, the more stressed you are, this survey showed.

Taking the time to relax brings renewed energy. Bonus: that mental distance from problems brings perspective. And if that’s not a productive use of your time, what is?

Let go. What’s your favorite way to tune out the world?

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