I think part of our problem is that we have been given this idea that doing nothing is the equivalent of lazy and that’s not viewed as good. Add to that job psychology which still says that more work is more productive so get to it.
We equate relaxing with doing nothing or very little. I equate relaxing to doing something I enjoy with no pressure attached. And that very well may be work although that’s rare. I have a friend who’s a software engineer and he relaxes by building custom cabinets. Basically a change is as good as a rest.
Relaxing is a way to recharge. It’s also a way for the mind to assimilate what’s been happening. Ever notice the things that pop into your head when you’re doing something on automatic but not thinking of anything specific? That’s what happens when your mind doesn’t have to focus.
Don’t think of relaxing as doing nothing. Think of it as part of your work routine. You need to recharge or else your productivity goes down. You need to recharge or you’ll resent doing what you have to do. Bob