7. Give yourself permission to take a totally nonproductive time-out. When to-do lists are running through your mind at warp speed, it can feel irresponsible to drop your plans and veg out instead. But sometimes that's exactly what we need to do! Everyone deserves some real downtime — not writing-cards-while-watching-TV downtime, but really doing nothing. Lie down and take a nap, or just stare at the ceiling for a while. Do whatever you are really craving and nothing else, if only for an hour. Take a hot bath, read your favorite magazines and for goodness' sake turn off your phone.