Monday, September 4, 2017

The power of distraction...

By: Sebastian Berry

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Ladies and gentlemen, FOOTBALL IS BACK!



I crave distraction. I love having things to do. As the old saying goes, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” I work incredibly hard, to the tune of 65+ hour weeks, regularly. I work full time in one emergency room, as needed at the other emergency room in the same town; I’m a substitute instructor at our local technical college, and other side jobs like this one.

We all need distraction in our lives. In the family survival situation, yes, there is a ton of work to be done but as another old saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” There is such a thing as “burnout”. There are several articles and studies that speak to this. Herehere, and here as well as many others.

Burnout is detrimental to productivity and overall health, which in the family survival scenario can be disastrous. I acknowledge that if society as we know it crumbles, football is probably not going to be around and I’m going to have to find a different distraction/hobby. Another of our illustrious contributors here at Family Survival Farm, Karen Roguski, wrote about fun and games with the survival family when the power is out. Read it here.

I am a religious man, a Christian. As such I do try to hold my sabbath day holy as best I can and not work. I also am employed in healthcare, at a hospital no less, and sometimes I have to work. There is something to be said about setting aside a day or two here and there to rest from our labors.

Sometimes we just have to stop and smell the roses, slow down, and take some time to ourselves. This time to ourselves has many names. Younger kids call it a mental health day. For those of a certain vintage, I like to say that I work for the weekend. With my schedule as it is, sometimes my weekend is in the middle of the traditional work week. I think my sentiment is pretty well summed up with the song of the same title that you can listen to here.

The point I'm trying to make here is simple, sometimes we just have to do something different than we are currently doing to break up the monotony. There is nothing wrong in doing something other than work. Again, several studies have shown the positive effects of taking vacation or holiday as some might call it. You can read a couple here and here.

In the survival family and even at Family Survival Farm you just have to have a little fun sometimes. I know that this posting is a break from my other writings. I hope that you can take the hint that it's okay to do that every once in a while.

What do you do to take a break from your everyday routine? Tell us in the comments. Also, make sure that you have signed up for our monthly giveaway here.