Can you do more by doing nothing?
This morning when I woke up, and sent the kids off to school, I just felt completely exhausted! My body has been giving me signs for days now that I’m over doing it. But my todo list was huge and I just pushed through. Of course my self care has gone, and I’ve been pushing and pushing. I have to say though, I’ve mostly been doing things I enjoy. They have been things I regard as good for me like writing courses, writing blogs, writing bits for my book, decluttering my home…. All of these are good things. But I’m completely exhausted.
I wrote a blog recently on self care, a great blog so please check it out if you haven’t already. But one thing I missed out on this blog was doing nothing. Not switching off by doing something else, but switching off by doing nothing, or having a nap.
How do we do nothing?
There are several ways you can do nothing, haha who would have thought I would have to list different ways to do nothing. 😄 But in all honesty we are always so busy doing things, that I think we have forgotten how to do nothing! We fill nothingness with scrolling mindlessly through Facebook, watching tv or films, reading a book, chatting to a friend, we are always doing something.
This morning I decided to come up to my bed and read a book, just to rest a bit – a total luxury for me. But I was too tired to even do that. So I just lay propped up in bed, looked at Facebook, read a couple of things online. But I was too tired for that also. So I just lay there, looking at the frost on my bedroom window. Then I closed my eyes and just did nothing……. I just allowed my thoughts to wonder by, the only thought I can remember is ‘this doing nothing is actually really nice!’
As I was laying there in my bed I could see the windows had defrosted and steam was rising up off the roof tiles and passing by. Just watching something like that is so therapeutic, so incredibly relaxing. My mind switched off and I became very present.
This is like meditation without trying to meditate. No expectation, no desired outcome, just relaxing with no distractions.
Other ways you could do this is to go for a walk and grab a seat for a while and just watch the world go by. Sit in a coffee shop and drink your coffee and watch the world go by. Sit in your garden and look at the insects and flowers. Just keep off your devices, don’t read your magazine or book.
And I would just like to finish by saying after my time of doing nothing, I still managed to get things done. No forcing, no exhaustion. Much more energy.