Most of us feel we are doing what we are supposed to do only when we are productive. Taking a nap may be out of the question for some, although the benefits of napping have been widely researched.
There is an Italian saying, "il dolce far niente," the sweetness of doing nothing. It has been said that we are not human doings, but human beings. How about practicing more 'being' and less 'doing'?
Practice is the key word. When you have been busy working all your life, slowing down is not easy. But not only can it be done, but it is necessary for health, vigor and longevity.
Make a commitment today to slow down, not just once a year, in the hot summer, but every day. Walk a bit slower, sit quietly a little longer, relax more. With a rested body and mind, the work will get done. And you will be a much happier human being.