This is an exerpt from a piece I wrote a few weeks ago. I think It's relavant here! Thank you so much for sharing.
"I binge watch Netflix. That’s my crutch. I love finding new shows, but they’re so dull that my mind always drifts back to work anxieties before too long. It’s not exactly an optimal use of downtime.
Most highly successful people have an intense passion for some type of leisure activity outside of their occupation. A hobby, if you will.
Winston Churchill was a lifelong painter of landscapes.
The writer David Sedaris likes to spend his afternoons picking up trash on the street.
NBA star Carmelo Anthony is considered an expert oenophile or a “connoisseur of wines.”
Hobbies are a more optimal use of downtown than TV and social media because they put your mind in a state of flow. You’re working hard, but you’re giving your mind a break from your daytime occupation, and that’s the point.
The psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “the father of flow,” describes the experience as being completely involved in an “activity for its own sake.”
“The ego falls away. Time falls away. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skill to the utmost.”
If you want to get serious about work detachment, find a hobby that places your mind in a state of flow.
Rediscover your love of nature with hiking or camping.
Play basketball with your friends.
Join a book club.
Become a wine connoisseur.
Cut down trees (just remember to replant them).
Find an activity that’s hard but prevents your monkey mind from overthinking.