One of the primary culprita of modern day stress is the cult of productivity, which dictates that we use our surplus time productively towards some end goal. Busyness is a pervasive modern malaise, robbing us of our inner capacity for peace.
It is telling the growing number of self-help book that advise us to put down our phones and turn off our computers. While still impactful, this is merely treating a symptom of the subtle violence busyness inflicts on our lives and our mental health.
Real self-care begins with relearning how to do nothing. Alllowing yourself for a set period to not taken on a project, not create mental to-do list and not submit to the pressure to be prosuctive. Instead, choose happiness; do something that brings you joy and promotes relaxation, even though thus may mean choosing to do absolutely nothing.