Modern life is one big roller coaster. It is in vogue these days to hear people bragging about how they sleep such few hours every day and how they can work all year round. “Workaholism is now treated as a virtue”, says motivational speaker, Matthew Parker Indiana.
The unknown side is that this has also generated a stressed out population that relies heavily on antidepressants, mood enhancers and pain relievers. We are an overworked generation that no longer understands or appreciates the power of timeouts.
Taking time off to reenergize is one of the few gifts that life hands us. Our bodies need to rest and real. It needs to rejuvenate and repair the wear and tear. When we pride ourselves in jumping the streetlights of life and flying through timelines we set ourselves up for early deaths and lifestyle diseases.
Timeouts help our mind refocus. We often get so plugged into a project or an assignment that it is easy to tune out a lot of other things and develop a skewed view of life. Taking time off brings back a needed equilibrium into our lives. It makes us reconnect with who we are and what we truly value.
There is really no honor in destroying our bodies and wearing our souls with endless activities that drain our souls. A timeout is not a waste, neither is it just a nice thing. It is actually a life-giving practice that will keep you functional well into your old age.
We all need to step off this societal need for impressing others with lives that are overflowing with unnecessary commitment. “Kicking back and relaxing is not laziness, it is part and parcel of a meaningful and enriching life”, explains Matthew Parker Indiana.