When was the last time you did absolutely nothing? And I mean nothing whatsoever, and just took some time?
Often I think I’m resting, but in reality am intermittently checking my phone while scanning through pinterest and flicking through channels on the tv. I’m a bit of an over-thinker, with a mind that likes to go at 100 miles an hour. With a fairly busy full time job, this blog and a few other creative hobbies, as well as all the regular life stuff, my brain tends to be fairly full, making switch off time and downtime very important. This is often, however, much more easily said than done.
I’ll sit down with a coffee on the sofa to chill out for a bit, flick on the TV, and pick up my laptop. Already my mind is picking up speed, racing between finding something to watch, before wandering off to consider what I’m cooking for dinner, before meandering back towards the laptop, picking up strands of work, emails and writing, and all that’s before I click on the shortcut to twitter or pinterest, almost instantly bombarding myself with thousands of other peoples thoughts, stories and ideas. Sitting still with your head in a phone or laptop opens you up to a world of information, with very little contributing to your relaxation.
We need to learn to switch off, in regards to both devices and brain overload. Put your phone in a drawer if you can’t leave it alone. Switch off the TV, close the magazines and take sometime with just yourself and your thoughts. Spend a little while clearing your mind, and find a little focus. Busy brains are often tired ones, and a little period of nothing might be just the rest you need. Listen to music if you like, or even snooze, but try taking some time away from the rest of the world to do absolutely nothing, your mind will thank you for it!