We all know we need to workout and we know the fabulous benefits it can have on our brain power.
But what we don’t give enough credence to is how much our creativity and thought processes (read: ability to have good ideas) is dependent on our downtime.
That’s a hard concept for me.
The way I’m wired, if I’m not busy doing 2-3 things at once, I’m asleep.
Turns out, not only is multi-tasking harmful and inefficient, but so is working all the damn time. Our brains are wired to perform best when we take a breather.
But still, I struggle with this.
Until this concept got a name: Theta Time. The doing of down-time-y things for the benefit of my brain.
So, now, thanks to AmyK, taking that walk around the neighborhood at lunch time is really a work task. So is my evening bath. And that round of mini-golf with my son. And that rousing political discussion with my husband. All Theta Time activities.
They all serve to make my brain sharper, though, in the moment, they aren’t strictly “work”. So now that you’ve got a fancy new name for your downtime, I’m giving you a permission slip to use it.
Here are some Theta Time ideas for you:
- Spend 10 min in bed awake but not up or interacting. Your brain is in a foggy, wake up stage that is ripe for creative ideas.
- Be intentional with your shower. In this hyper-connected world, it’s easy to take a bluetooth speaker into the shower. I did. I stopped using shower time to catch up on podcasts because it was keeping me from having great ideas.
- Take a walk on your own with no headphones.
- Make time for lunch (or a hike) with a friend. Relaxed time chatting with a loved one recharges your brain.
- Meditate for 10 minutes/day. If you can. I know, it’s hard.
- Paint. Or, I know! Color!!!
- Play fetch with your dog.
- Play dolls with your daughter.
- Play…any game you like… with your husband.
- And, of course, get in at least 30 minutes a day of good quality cardio a week.
Bonus points is you can think of the words “Theta Time” and NOT think of MC Hammer’s hit song. Stop! Theta Time.