People say that having nothing to do for a long period is bad for one’s mental health. It is also said that an idle mind is the devil’s abode. I believe that this is true. Research shows that being idle for a long period can lead to anxiety, depression, poor concentration, poor thinking capacity, forgetfulness, and even decline in memory.
Most times, we think of work as paid employment, that is, the exchange of services for money. Although this definition is technically correct, it does not adequately describe why work is necessary.
In Physics, work is defined as a force causing the movement or displacement of an object. Every human has the ability to exert some force that changes his or her state or the state of an object.
Therefore, work may be more meaningfully defined as an activity involving mental or physical effort carried out to achieve a goal. It produces something of value for yourself or other people. This definition highlights that work has a purpose. It is productive. Productivity keeps one’s mental health in check. Like a car parked for a long time, the brain deteriorates if left idle.
Work can be created. You should engage in some sort of work every day whether you are being paid or not. It may be as simple as reading, cooking, doing the dishes, nursing a baby, creating a playlist or taking a music class. Work to achieve a goal. Regardless of how meagre it seems, work uses brainpower. You can also practice mindfulness by taking a quiet stroll. This helps to eliminate the anxiety that comes with being idle.
LEAD Resources is a place where idleness is not an option. We pride ourselves as knowledge leaders who are gainfully engaged in thinking through problems till solutions are generated. Using world-class skills and techniques, we incubate ideas till they come alive and develop human capital till they become digitally competent and relevant to society.
Be like LEAD Resources. Idleness is not an option!
Oluwatobiloba Dairo is an Associate Solutions Architect at LEAD Resources, where she is exploring a rapid Knowledge Acquisition path, building digitized competencies relevant for Career Development and stimulating solutions for Individuals, Organizations and the Government. She is a graduate of Mathematics and an advocate of Women in Leadership. She is interested in Financial and Data Analysis.