Artist of the month: Chuck Prophet:
Chuck Prophet’s “Leave the Window Open” ( a great new downtime song and one of the best I’ve ever heard)
I’m back from vacation. My wife Marsha and I have enjoyed the pleasures of New Orleans and also visited some of the city’s horrific history, namely slavery and hurricanes (Katrina). But I’m not going to use this space to rant about horrors. I’m going to talk with you about down time–the importance of time off, relaxation, getting away from it all to recharge emotional and physical batteries, to engage in activities that make all the work and struggle worthwhile. Here’s an article from Psychology Today that describes the benefits of down time, the importance of vacations on our mental and physical health.
In addition to recharging your emotional and physical batteries, time away can help bring you and your loved ones closer. Marital relationships can be recharged. Relationships with family members– children, parents, grandparents– are more deeply bonded. And friendships can be solidified for a lifetime on some wonderful sojourn. Summer is traditionally a time for holidays around the world. (“Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy,” Billie Holiday https://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8jRgPcO7JQ). We all need some easy living and if you haven’t planned time off for a while think about it now. You don’t have to spend money on a fancy vacation to enjoy the benefits of downtime. Go to the beach, the park, or hang out in your yard, den, or in a local coffee shop. Walk around your town or city, take in a movie, become a tourist in your own area.
For some of us taking a vacation, allowing ourselves to engage in downtime, may not be so easy. Internalized admonitions against having fun, getting away from work, relaxing and resting may make downtime difficult if not impossible. Workaholic clients in my practice report feeling anxious or depressed when they are not in occupational battle. They cannot let got of phone, computer, or thoughts of work. Alcohol abuse, and other addictions are sometimes the only means of dulling the driving voice in the person’s head insisting that downtime is letting down and shouldn’t happen. Others have trouble taking time off because of traumas in childhood related to play and family outings. And for some avoiding a vacation with a partner is a way of avoiding intimacy.
Dr Ike wants to know about your downtime experiences. Can you chill when necessary or is the retreat from responsibilities difficult for you? He’s here to help. So if you have issues with relaxation, freedom from work, and avoidance of fun let him know. Also if you do take care of yourself by getting away from it all, lets hear where you go and what you do. And, of course, vacation, summer, fun,travel and relaxation are the stuff rock ‘n’ roll and all music are made of. Just the act of listening to something you love can be your getaway. Dr. Ike will play what he loves. He’d loved to hear your music about the topic .
Here are some of Dr. Ike’s faves.
“Summer Days” Bob Dylan
“Going Down to Cuba” Jackson Browne