“But beware the false break. Make sure you have a real one. The summer vacation is more than a quaint tradition. Along with family time, mealtime and weekends, it is an important way that we can make the most of our beautiful brains.”
Who doesn’t like taking breaks, naps, and vacations? This is a great article about the importance of each of them and how they affect our brains. We need breaks, naps, and vacations to reset our brains so we don’t feel overwhelmed and it can actually help us make better decisions. It’s like the times you come up with a really good idea when you are doing something “stressless” and “mindless”, such as taking a shower, going to the bathroom, reading for leisure, hanging out with friends, and exercising
In my opinion, we need to take more vacations and more time away from work and with loved ones. Our society is moving too far in the other direction. Life should be about spending the majority of our time doing what we truly enjoy with whom we choose. I think we would actually end up being more happy, productive, efficient and better able to help others.
“Taking breaks is biologically restorative. Naps are even better. In several studies, a nap of even 10 minutes improved cognitive function and vigor, and decreased sleepiness and fatigue. If we can train ourselves to take regular vacations — true vacations without work — and to set aside time for naps and contemplation, we will be in a more powerful position to start solving some of the world’s big problems. And to be happier and well rested while we’re doing it.”