Shawn Blanc has an interesting post about something he calls “Margin” (roughly speaking, metaphorical breathing room), titled “Why Margin is Critical for Doing Your Best Creative Work”, which is an important read:
Margin is so important because having that breathing room in your life is healthy. You need margin in your schedule, in your finances, and in your relationships. You need breathing room for your creative energy. Margin helps you show up every day to do and focus on your best creative work. And much more.
He has been writing about Margin for a little while and has collected all his thoughts and other materials in a central repository you should spend some time with if this topic interests you. This idea of building some breathing room into your life to give yourself a buffer between your daily craziness is such a good idea.
I know that I need it. I am not the sort of person who thrives on constant stress and pressure and, if anything, that stifles my creativity and capacity to be productive. Stress now and then is unavoidable but too much of it is utterly destructive.