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Sharing – Why Leisure Is Never a Waste of Time

I know it’s become cliché to talk about depression and anxiety as part of the response to COVID19, but that really ignores the fact that the rates were going up even before the pandemic. Why? I think our cultish belief in productivity, and “hustling” is a big part of that. If you can’t ever rest, and take a break from your to-do list, you’re going to struggle.

In a recent analysis of four research studies with over 1,300 participants in four different countries, people who felt that leisure activities were a waste of time had higher levels of depression, anxiety, and stress than those who valued engaging in leisure pursuits.

Our brains were not made to “always be hustling”. It’s not sustainable, and it impacts our mental health. It probably even makes you perform worse than you otherwise would at the things you’re constantly hurting for too.

Go read the whole thing, and learn something about the importance of leisure time that is not just another thing on your to-do list.

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