Sundays and specially weekends are meant for doing nothing. You just want to laze around, surround yourself with solitude and may be even have a cheat meal. We have been accustomed and programmed in a way, where we always have to do something. I have realised every time; I find myself doing nothing for long, panic begins to seep in. I find myself feeling anxious, my heart and my thoughts both begin to start racing at a speed that I rarely can fathom. We have spoken and often heard about finding our moment of calm. Motivational coaches across the world too lay stress on how doing nothing can actually be beneficial for our emotional health.
So while, you have been doing nothing every once in a while and getting worked up about it. Let me tell you that doing nothing is actually good for you. People often say, “nothing is impossible, but Winnie the Pooh says he does nothing all day!!
Honestly if we are so used to filling and cramming every square of our life with something or the other, that doing nothing can be really bothersome sometimes. So here are few things, I am going to leave you with. You can think over these things and do these things while you plan on doing nothing!!
As millennials having nothing to do sometime on a regular basis can quickly change from keeping our mind calm to certain perplexing thoughts. Hence, while you are taking that well deserved break and realigning your thoughts, do this too!
Enjoy your surrounding
Often, we when are doing nothing, we are sitting by a window or around nature! Enjoy the fresh air, the greenery and the chirping of the birds. It is when you do this, you realise how the smallest of animals and birds can inspire you to go about your everyday chores!
Maintain a small goal book
Yes, a goal book. You write down your small term goals, mid-term goals and long terms goals. I learnt to do this from my perpetually better half! Doing, this helps you focus on what you want to do right now and stops you from worrying about something that is going to happen later. It helps you concentrate on your own goals and wishes along with focusing on the wishes of your loved ones as well!!
Pen down a letter
I have done this several times as a teenager. The only difference was that I did it not when I was doing nothing instead did it to express my emotions. As a child and even as an adult when I wasn’t ready to talk about my thoughts or didn’t want my emotions to get to me, I wrote them down. Write a letter to your future self, your spouse or your child. Also, take your time to draft that letter, don’t be in a hurry to finish it.
Often, our emotions are related to other people’s emotions. Sometimes the chaos in our lives begins to multiply due to the unattended feelings of the past. So, while you are trying to do nothing and relax, maybe you can try forgiving someone. Forgiveness may not necessarily change your past but it does help you from letting their behaviour affect you!
Don’t let the stress of doing nothing bother you.
As kids, we had recess time at school. At work, we had our break times and for our kids, we always have scheduled nap time. All this points to some, ‘downtime’, we require in our lives, even machines need that, ‘downtime’. There are times, when you have to choose, your time over making money or people over things. You will have days when you will have to miss out on a few things and measure yourself by who you are! So do anything that makes you happy while doing nothing. Talk to a friend, read a book, listen to music, read, sleep or may be even day dream!
I can say this with conviction that while all of this will not happen in a day but if you practice setting out some downtime for yourself and family, it will soon become a habit.
“The only way to avoid failure is to sit in a corner and do nothing.”
― Kevin Leman, The Firstborn Advantage: Making Your Birth Order Work for You