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'Zero-tasking Day' encourages rest, relaxation after end of daylight saving time

Posted at 1:40 PM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 13:40:55-05

The extra hour we get when we “fall back” from daylight saving time is often looked at as a chance to do more - like chores or running errands.

But there's a push to use that time for some much-needed rest and relaxation. It's called Zero-Tasking Day.

The concept is simple: Zero-Tasking Day is just a set period of time that you dedicate to doing absolutely nothing.

Austintown-based author Nancy Christie came up with the idea. She says many people feel stressed as they push to fit more things into their day which only leads to more stress - and less productivity.

She encourages people to use the extra hour we gain at the end of daylight saving time - to take a break instead of looking at is as time to fill with other tasks.

Studies show that even taking short breaks has benefits for the brain that can increase levels of creativity and help people cope with stress.

"Its not only good for you, its good for the people around you. It gives you an opportunity to take another look at what maybe is causing the stress and say OK how can I find a little bit of zero tasking everyday because the cause of the stress isn't going to go away so if I can just build ten minutes of zero-tasking into one day that might help,” Christie said.

Christie says that daylight saving time is a great time for Zero-Tasking Day not only because of the extra hour, but also because people are about to enter the high-stress holiday season.