What To Do With Downtime Temptations
Nine Practices To Combat Downtime Struggles
Most of us work during the week. There are many variations on the common nine-to-five work schedule, such as part-time positions, Saturdays and Sunday shifts, and schedules that change from day to day or week to week. Even those not actively employed—retired people, volunteers, and stay-at-home parents—create patterns of time each week that they routinely use to accomplish specific things. Not only work, but after our regularly schedules occupations we schedule other duties. We are busy! So what happens after the activity is through? We have downtime.
Downtime is when our responsibilities to perform work for an employer or tasks for ourselves or our families lessen dramatically. This is when we get to do what we want to do instead of focusing exclusively on the responsibilities of our jobs, personal business, and our families.
Now getting enough downtime is an essential element of a balanced lifestyle and being your authentic self. However, it is what we do with that downtime that can get us in trouble. For many of us, downtime can play havoc with our discipline, temptations, habit control, and triggers.
Ron Ovitt is an author, ordained minister, pastoral counselor, recovery
coach, podcaster, and public speaker. Ron is a Change Agent. Besides being in the ministry,
Ron has studied both at the undergraduate and
graduate level in Clinical Psychology and has participated in many different
seminars and courses. Well-read in the latest research, Ron has a grasp on
the latest in neuroscience, trauma recovery, and anxiety and has training in
practices such as Neurofeedback, EMDR, CPT, Poly Vagal Theory,
Somatic Experiencing, and PTSD Growth techniques. Ron is an expert in the integration of
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Ron has had successful recovery and homeless ministries. It was then that he started teaching about the emotional issues involving addiction, anxiety and how we can change. He has lectured on
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