I am a person who never gets rest, is always in motion, if not physically, then mentally, constantly thinking about something, solving problems, sometimes creating them first and then trying to solve, haha.
Do you know this phrase that Americans use to say – “we work hard and we play hard”? If you work hard, you must get a good rest, otherwise you’ll get something less pleasant, like a heart attack or a depression.
The second part of the phrase is something I have never been good at. When I am not working, I am engaged in many other activities such as organizing something, implementing new ideas, creating websites, writing this blog, etc.
… And there came this day, when I realized that all I currently want and need is some rest!
When I googled for some research I found that our brain needs to also have downtime periods when we are not sleeping. As I’ve found on Scientific American site, downtime is an opportunity for the brain to make sense of what it has recently learned, to surface fundamental unresolved tensions in our lives and to swivel its powers of reflection away from the external world toward itself.
Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson of The Florida State University has spent more than 30 years studying how people achieve the highest levels of expertise. His research shows that most people can engage in a highly energy consuming activity without interruptions for only as long as an hour. Highly successful creative individulas, like sportsmen or musicians, train no more than 4 hours per day, starting in the morning, when their brains are the most productive. More than 4 hours of concentration results in overtraining injuries and eventually a burnout. These principles are just as valid for typical nine-to-fivers as they are for sportsmen or musicians.
And I have discovered that when I worked in my own IT-company myself. I noticed that I just can’t be productive for more than 4 subsequent hours per day. Btw, eventually I faced a burnout, because I was pushing myself into working more than that.
Having said all that and having realized my strong will and need to get some rest, I am going to take a vacation from blogging as well. I am going to practice mindfullness, be outside more often, walk a lot, breathe fresh air and disengage for an indefinite period of time.
When I come back, I’ll share with you if it had helped me or not and in a what way. See you!