The many types of downtime: Keys for a balanced life (Part 2)

Hey guys! Still feeling burnt out? No worries, today we cover part 2! Learn how setting aside time for mental processing is vital to your personal well-being.

Rough Transcript:
Hey guys, welcome to part 2 of the many different types of downtime.

So, the last family of down time we have is mental processing. This is downtime used for thinking. It includes problem solving, passive thinking, and self reflection.

Contemplation, if you don’t count physical needs, is possibly the most important form of downtime. This is when you pause, maybe take a walk, and you take stock of your life. How does your body feel? Is it healthy, or have you been eating too much junk? Do your shoulders feel tense from stress, or are you relaxed? What about your mind? Do you feel happy or have you been worrying too much. What about your focus? Are you taking time to appreciate now, or are you constantly stressing about things that haven’t happened yet? Doing this will ensure that you keep your life balanced and that you are getting your needed downtimes while also getting work done.

Next, problem solving is pretty self-explanatory. In any given day, we need time to think about ongoing situations in our life and how we want to tackle them. This could be thinking about how you want to ask a girl out for dinner, or it could be solving a problem at work. Setting aside time for this allows you to be better on top of situations and feel less like you’re hurrying to catch up.

Lastly, we have passive thinking. Have you ever noticed that people seem to get their best ideas while sitting on the toilet? There’s a reason for this. It’s passive thinking. Many times when we focus on a problem, our brain is filled with noise and a lot of thoughts compete for attention. So, when we shift focus onto something else, we allow some of our lesser thoughts to rise to the surface. In otherwords, if you have a problem and you just can’t seem to find an answer, try taking a break. Maybe read a book or do something relaxing. Sometimes this gives us the best answers.

Now a big question you may have about this, is how do you fit so many different types of downtime in a day? Well, there a few points to this.

The first is that some forms of downtime you’ll only use sporadically. An example of this is self-nurturing which you only use when you are very stressed out and on the verge of a breakdown. If you lead a healthy life, you won’t have this downtime too often.

The second part is that many of these types of downtime can be overlapped. It’s possible to engage in self-reflection while doing something like eating to care for your body. Or you might engage in passive thinking while also letting yourself have some detox time. The important part is just making sure you are keeping your life balanced and healthy.

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