There is a strict correlation between your income and stress you put on how you spend your time. It is only natural for we count our free time as "not-productive" and/or we tend to calculate our time into money.
New economy and old Hygge
Since our work-hour is soo precious in quantifiable terms of money we do have problems with "spending time" on leisure which value is not that easy to measure. On top of that, the list of options that we can invest in is nearly countless.
These are circumstances that our rather primitive biological machinery can't that easily adapt to.
There is a dannish tradition called hygge that could be one of the components we need to thrive and not to loose ourselves in this new economy.
The easiest translation of hygge is "to cozy up". It is the time and build up atmosphere of an evening that you meet with friends and cozy up in furry blankets, fire up candles and drink rich and full wine or beer.
Hygge everyday keeps anxiety away
As studies show, apart from genes, our actions are what determines our outlook on life. It is then vital to act on hyggeish attitude of building up that culture around us. In the cycle of evergrowing pace we live in we also need to break our belief that leisure time is somehow less valuable, and only being busy enrich us. For the fact is that our best intuitive work is done by brain when we tend to think that it's not working at all.
[Published from phone while sipping frozen coffee]