The Importance of doing nothing
The importance of doing nothing – switch off your devices.
What makes our lives more meaningful? Do you turn off, rest and relax on the weekends? Do you unplug, and make time to be more creative, to be imaginative, to reflect, to enjoy being bored delightfully to space out and daydream?
I have learned that it is important to switch off. It is wonderful to take a step back sometimes, even if it’s only for a few hours. I think it is healthy for your gray matter and general well-being. Slacking off and set aside regular periods of ‘doing nothing’ may be the best thing we can do to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination, allowing new ideas to come through, to improve our mental health and lower our stress.
We are part of a busy social networked world; we work hard, consumed in a state of busyness. Just look around you and see how so many of us are glued to our mobile phones and iPads. We associate doing nothing as being irresponsible, wasting our life. I know I feel guilty if I do not have something to do. Being a business owner of an online store, it is important to me to let sometimes go of the never ending busyness. To find time to break free and connect with myself and with the people that are important to me in my life.
I know when I am pushing my body into overdrive. I get a tight neck and shoulders, my stomach gets sore, and I cannot think straight. We all put added levels of stress on ourselves. We feel the need to say yes to everything; we feel sorry for canceling plans because we have over extended ourselves. We accept over time, and we continue to work when we are feeling unwell. I think we all need to remove the negative connotation from resting and doing nothing. We need rest to be productive.
I am going to make sure that I take a step back and take time to recharge.
Do you struggle with this as much as I do? Getting enough rest, being away from your devices and enjoying some peace. So how do you “ do nothing? “ To get into the daydream zone, unplugging, and stopping yourself from the compulsion of keeping busy?
The importance of doing nothing – Take a break out of your working day.
The one thing that stops me thinking about work, or worrying about getting things done is to take a well-earned break through out my working day. Focusing on other enjoyable things throughout my day that helps me to be more relaxed and present. Going out for coffee/lunch with friends, taking my buddy boy ( my dog ) for a walk on the beach, meditating, going for a drive, read, listen to music, cook, tending to my vegetable garden or just sitting back on the couch. It is so important to take some time for yourself and not to feel bad about it. It is also important to rest, just taking a minute just to do nothing.
The importance of doing nothing – Home time on the weekend.
I love having home time on the weekend. I love burning candles, popping on a face mask, running a bath and listening to my favourite music in the background. My mind and body need some down time; no alarm clock, no rushing, sleeping in, sipping wine as the sun goes down, and enjoying precious times with my partner and family. If I am feeling tired, I will take a nap and not feel guilty that it is daylight.
I also try to keep emails to Monday-Friday and try to remove myself from the distractions on my phone especially with social media. I pick up my favourite book or put on a movie to keep myself from being distracted on my phone to scroll through Instagram or Facebook.
Go on vacation.
The other thing that I have been guilty of is not taking time to go on a holiday. Yes, I have booked a getaway in November. We both work so hard that taking a vacation were put on the back burner. Not anymore. It is so important! Being away from work is a great way to revitalize, to look at your life from a different perspective, to recuperate and to repair your body from all the stresses that life throws at you.
AND, we are going to switch off, no thinking about work, no emails and limit ourselves of all of our electronic devices. A digital detox!
Thanks for reading and I hope you take some time out for yourself. I think that we could / should all create more time for ourselves and make these things a priority. To try new things that make us happy. Remember no one is too busy, it is all about what your priorities are.
You may like to follow this link below Bored and Brilliant challenge project with Mannish Zomorodi – A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone.
“Are we packing our minds too full? What might we be losing out on by texting, tweeting and email-checking those moments away?”