ACT and Downtime


Q:  I’m not sure if where I’m headed is where I want to go.  What now?

A:  Take some downtime

Life is hectic.  We live in a world that is continually demanding more and more of us.  We are so connected that sometimes it feels as if it is virtually impossible to switch off.  In the midst of all this clamour, all this noise, it is easy to get lost.  Sometimes it feels as if we have become strangers to ourselves.  What to do?

ACT suggests that periods of quiet, times when we settle still and become more mindful of what is going on both inside and outside is helpful to us.  When we are on automatic pilot we are not really present to what is going on in our lives.

Sometimes we may prefer that!  Sometimes we deliberately keep ourselves busy to distract ourselves from the reality of our experience.  But we can only do that for so long.  Taking downtime helps us to make sense of what is going on, helps us to make better choices.  It doesn’t have to be an extended period of time.  Even a few moments of being mindful practiced regularly will improve our relationship with ourselves.

I wrote “DOWNTIME” to remind me of that.


  • How good are you at taking downtime?
  • Do you remember to be mindful regularly?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others?

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.






A bit of downtime coming, and a chance to stand apart

From the normal life we’re living, and to listen to our heart

Which may clamour for attention in a world that takes its toll,

Yes a little bit of downtime can do wonders for the soul.

It is hard to glimpse horizons when we’re struggling at sea,

Or perceive the bigger picture when we’re living thoughtlessly,

When one thing leads to another, just like cogs in a machine,

And we don’t know where we’re going and we’re not sure where we’ve been.

Oh yes it’s good to take some downtime, to make time ourselves to know,

To decide if where we’re going is still where we want to go,

And in the midst of our uncertainty be brave enough to say,

“If the way I live’s not working, then I’ll find another way.”

And so if we are due some downtime, and we’ll know if it is due

If our heartstrings have been pulling, for they’re giving us a clue

That we may have lost direction, wandered up a cul-de-sac,

And now this little bit of downtime has a chance to draw us back.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed, “DOWNTIME” please pass it on, and do leave your comments.  I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT …..

I read yesterday that almost £1 billion is being set aside by the British Government in a bid to transform mental health services across the UK.

With one in four people expected to develop a mental health problem this year alone – such as depression and anxiety – and suicide now the leading cause of death for men under 50, the Prime Minister will say it is time to stop sweeping the issue under the carpet.

This is good news!  For the first time, there will be waiting time targets for teenagers with eating disorders.  There will also be a new waiting time target for people experiencing psychosis.  £290 million is pledged towards more beds in mother and baby units, and extra classes for new mothers before and after their baby is born will give 30,000 more women each year until 2020 access to specialist mental healthcare.

There is a recognition that the health of the nation means both physical and mental health and, with a cost of billions to the economy in terms of lost working days and pressures on a creaking NHS, mental health is now emerging as a priority.

Money will be ring-fenced for the Talking Therapies and those of us who have benefitted from ACT and Mindfulness have a responsibility to share the message.

Mindfulness is becoming mainstream.  ACT is one of the therapies of choice.  Let us not be shy to pass the message on.

ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

Just-for-today-some peace

How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes


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Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher for thirty plus years, and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at ACT Made I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.

4 thoughts on “ACT and Downtime”

  1. I think the NHS is pretty slow – they were not able to offer me CBT when I experienced psychosis. Now they can offer after one year and the early intervention service is pretty supportive so I am really satisfied with them. Hope the money that the government spend on these services will help patients to get help earlier.


    1. I hope so too. It is unacceptable that people have to wait for so long to get support. The system does seem to be creaking at the seams and you don’t really understand that until you need to access it yourself or know someone who does. I’m glad you got what you needed eventually. Let’s hope that this investment really makes a difference.

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