In an increasingly connected world, we run the risk of information overload. We are networked to society and to our peers like never before, bombarded with constant attempts to grab our attention, to interact at an unprecedented level. And that’s just our social networks.
Work is always at our fingertips too, accessed with a quick swipe to the right or the click of a button. The temptation to fire off a few quick emails before bed is a strong one, after all, who isn’t in search of that elusive prize for a job well done, the empty inbox?
Connectivity, as we have now, has its upsides, of course. Yet an important distinction should be drawn between being continually busy like we seem to be with our devices to hand, and being truly productive. Because the two do not always come hand in hand.
In an essay for the New York Times, Tim Kreider wonders if we’re addicted to this busyness and writes that: “The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole … it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.”
Unwinding is important and it’s been proven time and again that those who take time to unwind, relax, and simply be idle for brief periods of time, benefit from increased productivity and acuity afterwards.
And so, with Christmas holidays looming large and the added pressures of the season ahead, which for many of us include end-of-year deadlines approaching at an ominous pace, why shouldn’t we put aside our inboxes and reap the rewards of relaxing?
As an added bonus, these rewards are simple and enjoyable to obtain. Try getting home from work, avoid all phones, tablets, and laptops for an hour while you kick back on the sofa, feet up and slippers on. Or perhaps indulge in a long hot bath after the children have gone to bed – it’s a well-known fact that small children are drawn to parents in bathrooms like moths are to patio lamps.
Unwinding can take many forms. For some it might be reading a chapter or two in a favourite novel, goofily playing with the family dog, or taking a meandering walk in the park. Others might find their downtime in a quiet drink with friends or loved ones, as James Joyce wrote in ‘Dubliners’: “The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.”
No matter the activity (or lack thereof) the objective of your interlude remains the same: achieve nothing for a brief period of time.
Here at SHEPHY®, we’re dedicated to relaxation, to helping you to unwind, and to the comforts of home. That’s why when you slip on your pure Merino wool SHEPHYs, you’re stepping out of the pressures of life and into a different space entirely. It’s your own personal interlude. We suggest you enjoy it, with or without the whiskey.