I would love to tell you that I was brilliant, full of energy, hard working, and inspiring every single day of my life. But the reality is that sometimes you just don’t have anything to give. So I am taking up the cause of self healing by advocating for doing absolutely nothing. We live in a busy world full of iphones, snapchat, uber, emails, CNN and anything else that vies for our very short attention spans. Causing us to have more and more bouts of “adult attention deficit disorder”. The body breaks down when under extreme stress. As you have heard “stress can kill”. And for that reason I would like to remind you of 5 benefits when you do nothing.
You give yourself a break. For some reason our culture believes that doing nothing is a sign of laziness. But our brains need the rest. Sitting and doing nothing allows for the mind to recover from all that it has been processing. It helps you to notice your thoughts, emotions, sensations, external environment factors and other things you might have missed in your busy day. When you have a practice of doing nothing, you naturally increase your awareness of your surroundings.
Stress goes bye bye. Stress is the leading cause of so many diseases. In order to relieve stress you don’t have to do an activity like working out (although it greatly helps). Just by doing nothing you free up energy that your mind and body have been using. Doing nothing can help promote the natural process your mind and body need to keep you healthy.
It keeps you in the present. We are constantly worried about tomorrow. Doing nothing allows you to focus on the present instead of all the things you need to do for the future. Sometimes we just need to be. Being helps to keep you grounded. Especially in a world fixated on what is to come. When you are grounded you are better able to be appreciative of what you do have.
Your intuition gets better. Intuition is the ability to understand something without the need for conscious reasoning. There is so much stimuli in our world, we are often preoccupied with external factors instead of listening to the voice within. Doing nothing can allow your intuition to be magnified. Often times it is your intuition that will hold the answers you seek.
It releases what has been suppressed. Both a blessing and a curse, releasing emotions that you have long suppressed can be one of the healthiest things you do for your emotional health. Doing nothing allows for introspective thinking. Giving you the time to address what you have hidden deep in your inner world. Although painful and scary, there is nothing like addressing and conquering your problems. Doing nothing gives you the space to do that.
It’s extremely tempting to be on the never ending cycle of achievement. But more often than not, you accomplish more when you give yourself space and time. Doing nothing is not only helpful in maintaining your sanity but is mandatory for your overall health. So the next time you are doing nothing, don’t feel guilty. Realize that it is all for your ultimate goal; a better quality of life!