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Importance of Leisure Time

Importance of Leisure Time

Author: SNI Companies/Tuesday, September 21, 2021/Categories: Blog, SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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The dictionary defines leisure as “Time when one is not working or occupied; free time” and “use of free time for enjoyment.” Leisure is key to finding balance and taking a pause from the demands and stresses of everyday life. In today’s blog, we dive deeper into leisure: why it’s important and ways to incorporate it into your daily life.

 

The Benefits

The benefits of leisure time include a reduction in stress and depression, improvements to your physical and mental health, an increase in productivity, and improvements to your mood. The amount of leisure time you spend isn’t as important as the quality. Doing activities that truly bring you joy and fulfillment is key. You can feel the positive effects of leisure time almost instantly, and the effects can be long-lasting.

                                                           

Reframe Leisure

While some may view leisure as a luxury or even wasted time, as mentioned above, having downtime is key to lowering stress levels and boosting your happiness. Science Direct says that “The belief that leisure is wasteful is also associated with poorer mental health outcomes, including lower reported happiness, and greater reported depression, anxiety, and stress.” Those that believe that leisure time is unproductive, aren’t able to get as much joy and enjoyment during their downtime, which comes at a cost to their well-being.

 

For those that believe leisure is unproductive and wasteful, it can be helpful to think about how leisure activities can be used to serve a long-term goal. Instead of spending all your downtime binging on Netflix shows, think of some other leisure activities that could be more productive. In an article on Sharp, they suggest thinking of leisure time in 5 categories and nurturing each of these domains:

 

  1. Physical
  2. Social
  3. Emotional/Psychological
  4. Mental/Cognitive
  5. Spiritual

 

Try to think of a couple of activities you enjoy that would fall into these categories and rotate through. Some examples could be going for a walk during lunch or hike on the weekend, joining a club, learning a new language, painting, reading, etc. Having a variety of leisure activities will keep you feeling more satisfied with your life overall.

 

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