Today, I will mostly be doing nothing. Well I will eat, make the odd cup of tea and complete a few household chores but apart from that, I will do nothing and actually that’s ok. Normally, I am so busy that having half an hour to myself is sacred so a whole day! Well, that is unheard of but here I am, starting to do nothing and it’s bliss and actually, quite important and here are 5 reasons why:
1. The pleasure of idleness
We are never ‘doing nothing’ but why not plan to be idle? It is important to rest and recuperate. Give our bodies and minds a rest from daily life. Having downtime is important for our health. Switch off from work. Switch off from social media (ok that is harder!). Switch off from seeing friends. It’s only for a short while but it’s needed.
2. Boredom boosts creativity
I remember as a child that I was always outside, up a tree, dreaming about fairies or watching the tadpoles in the pond. These unscheduled times were actually time to create. Sometimes ‘being bored’ is good as it makes you think about things for a while and come up with new ideas. Try it! Leave your children’s sometimes too; it’s good for them to be bored!
3. Give your mind a chance to reboot.
I don’t know about you but I am often so busy that my mind feels scrambled. Actually that could be my age…..anyway, you know that feeling? There is so much going on that I can’t actually focus on one thing. I am a maker of lists at times like these and I do find this helps but other times, I need time just to switch off. Then everything feels much easier and I can get on with life again.
Being too busy never gives us time to reflect on things; important decisions. I know that when I get very busy I don’t eat healthily or exercise. I don’t have time! Reflecting on our life choices also becomes harder when the daily grind gets in the way. I know that we have bought things for our house because the shop was there rather than because we really liked a certain product! It’s like when you go to the supermarket and throw in the same food as last week because you haven’t had time to make a list.
5. Being attentive
It’s crazy to think that doing nothing will make you more attentive right but think about it? How can you give your full attention to something when your mind is full to capacity of all the other things you have to do? Learning to do nothing will retrain your mind to give your full attention at other times. That’s got to be a good thing.
Try scheduling ‘doing nothing’ and see if you are happier in your own life. It is a start but it’s an important one.
I wrote this yesterday and feel better today because of my scheduled ‘doing nothing’ day. Have a great week my lovelies….back to school. X