"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."
The blog post, Productivity and Quality Down Time, talks about quality down time. I call it down time. I love "down time." I always tell my friends, if you want to learn how to relax, I can teach you. And this is true. I believe people should relax and enjoy life. I have so many friends that just work and work and work and they don't take the time to just enjoy....life.
Everyone should learn how to slow down and enjoy nature...the wind, tress, sun, moon, sky, etc...all of these things are free to everyone, but how many times do we stop to enjoy them?
For some, to stop and do "nothing" when there is so much to do is (as my husband says), 'just crazy!' My husband is one of these people. He always has to be doing something, but not me. I'm totally opposite.
And yes, I'm glad you asked, yes, we have kids and yes, I work full time. My kids are teenagers. Although they can 'fend' for themselves in some cases, when they were younger, we had "settle down time." Settle down time was always one hour before bedtime. The kids could read or watch television, but they rule was...you had to be quiet. I came up with settle down time because I wanted the kids to have a good nights sleep and I beleive you have to calm your brain before your body will rest. Even though I don't enforce settle down time anymore, the kids continue to do it on their own.
Here are a few ways I like to settle down:
Turn off the television, computer, cell phone
Watch the sunset
Read a book
Take a nap
Take a bubble bath (I do this every night)
Drink coffee or tea
Sitting on the porch on a cool night