The Arena Newsletter
Issue 27 | May 22, 2020
Downtime replenishes the brain’s stores of attention and motivation, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential...” -Ferris Jabr
Welcome to Unusual Times (Ongoing!)
In this issue, we're continuing to pause, reflect, and breathe deeply as we acknowledge the ongoing uncertainties of these unusual times. The Related Reads, below, are our way of thinking about you as you serve your family, friends, and community.
Choosing Downtime that Replenishes
Whether you work on location or at home, social distancing and self-quarantining probably equate to being home more than usual. Are you searching for the line between your professional and personal lives?

Often, it works to admit that there is no line and instead choosing to do the next right thing (with thanks to Frozen 2!). When the next right thing is unclear, choosing downtime is crucial, but only with clear expectations, zero interruptions, and complete enjoyment. In other words, downtime is likely to be a complete departure from your work. 

Downtime can make you feel more rested and ready for the next task as it allows your mind to take a break and enjoy an activity for a while. To practice, try:
  1. Setting expectations with yourself and others so that your mind is clear.
  2. Unplugging completely. Apparently, this means no calls, no emails, no texts...nothing!
  3. Losing yourself in an activity you genuinely enjoy.

So, take a walk, play a game, read a book, knit: Your options are endless!
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