Why is Leisure Important?

leisure_01There are many reasons why leisure is important. It’s true we all need to work and stretch our limbs. But just like exercise, relaxation and leisure time helps us in numerous ways.

Getting Rid of Fatigue and Anxiety

In today’s hectic lifestyle, getting stressed seems inevitable. Working can take its toll physically and mentally as well. Very often people don’t stop at the office or factory. They often have to carry some workload at home. This same holds true for students today.

When stress and anxiety come in, it can manifest itself as mental or physical fatigue. This can affect work performance as well as how a person interacts with friends or family.

That is why leisure is important. By setting aside some time for yourself, you’ll feel more invigorated. Feeling refreshed, it becomes easier to tackle the issues at work or school.

Helping to Think Clearly

Another benefit of relaxing is that it clears the mind. That is one reason why meditation is becoming ever more popular. When we don’t relax, we end up feeling stressed. The effects are felt physically, emotionally and mentally. Anyone who has worked long hours will know the feeling.

The long hours spent at work weaken the body and the mind. As the body gets tired, the mind is affected. The reason why leisure is important is that when the mental exhaustion / confusion comes in, it will help in easing the mind.

Physical Benefits

Taking the time to unwind is even more essential for those with physically taxing jobs. This includes laborers, construction workers, those employed at factories etc. Not enough rest could result in injury.

Secondly, not giving yourself the opportunity to do things you like might affect work. If all you focus on is your job, you’ll feel cheated and deprived of the good things in life.

This feeling of frustration may show up at work. Keeping yourself happy is another reason why leisure is important. A happy person, quite simply, will perform much better at work.

Various Relaxing Activities

Leisure can mean doing something you enjoy or just relaxing. Don’t feel any pressure to do something with your time. It’s your free time and you can do anything you please. Some spend it by painting or playing ball with friends. Others like to go to the movies or listen to music. And still others just prefer to sleep.

If you’ve been a workaholic, trying to relax and do something for fun can be a challenge in itself. If you feel worked up, you just need to get your mind off from work. Watch some TV or read your favorite book. It won’t take long before you discover an activity you enjoy doing.

Anytime you get time off from work, use it to do something enjoyable. Don’t waste it by going over projects you need to do, because you’ll just end up feeling stressed out.

It won’t be a waste of time. Rather it will invigorate your mind and spirit, which is why leisure is important.

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6 Responses to “Why is Leisure Important?”

  1. Nadia Radzyminski says:

    Take a nap and take it easy. Stress is the enemy. Don’t work too much. Work is dog barf.

  2. Nadia Radzyminski says:

    Sleep more. No more work. Give up caffeine – you will feel better!

  3. Nadia Radzyminski says:

    People who work too much can exhaust themselves, either physically, intellectually, or emotionally.

  4. Nadia Radzyminski says:

    I used to work full time.

    I worked 40 or maybe 45 hours per week, for 15 years, in various employment positions.

    I became a “workaholic”.

    I wanted to work and NOTHING else.

    Now I am totally retired.

    I have learned that “work” is less important than DOING NOTHING most of the time.

    I don’t like the concept of work……….

  5. Nadia Radzyminski says:

    I am so lazy and tired, I don’t even have the strength to lift a pencil.

    I enjoy being lazy.

    In France, there is a political word called “laissez-faire”.

    Lazy sounds like laissez.

    Funny.

  6. Nadia Radzyminski says:

    I have forgone work for a while. The less work, the better.