Tom Hodgkinson, writer and founder of the British magazine “The Idler” (from the English “to idle”) is a self-proclaimed idle person – and wants to pass on this “forgotten art”. That’s why he has compiled many activities that help him relax and have fun.
Sitting peacefully, standing, lying down, walking, thinking, staring at things, taking breaks, taking a day off: much of what the author finds valuable is stopping work and doing nothing. Other tips, such as avoiding smartphones and social media, are likely already known to most people.
Hodkinson’s advice is understandable, but it is neither practical nor desirable for many people. Maybe it’s still possible to sit on a park bench for five minutes. But according to the author, you have to do it much longer for it to be of any benefit. In general, it takes about four to five hours a day for “mini” breaks, during which it provides specific information about the time. There are also time-consuming tasks like taking care of a pet, switching from car to bike, and reading several books. This feels more like the stress of leisure time than a more relaxed everyday life, because your current life with work, kids and obligations still has to fit somewhere.
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