On Doing Absolutely Nothing

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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.

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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!

 

  • I can 100% relate to this. Ever since we moved house a few months ago I have been practicing to take life a lot more slowly. Now I make it a point to enjoy sleeping in without worrying on the weekends, to grab a coffee and have real offline conversations with my partner or to simply sit and read a book. What really helps is to have a homely atmosphere: lighting some candles, making tea. Adam likes to make coffee in his cafetiere – all of these slow manual processes help us relax and wind down.

  • Louise Brown

    I’m the absolute worst for not switching off. I try and force myself to every now and then, whether it be reading or getting in the bath with the latest Lush products. But more often than not after ten minutes my mind starts to wonder about all the other things I COULD but not necessarily ‘should’ be doing! I’ve been practicing yoga for the past few months and the weekly classes are helping, if only I had the discipline to do it every day!

    The Little Things | Louise x

  • Sophie Stewart

    I find it really difficult to switch off, like you are I am always on my laptop or phone, thinking about what to cook for dinner or other work things, my brain just never stops! Sophie x

    sophiehmsstewart.com

  • I struggle with this a lot. I just can’t seem to switch my brain off, it’s like the gears in my head are so used to grinding all the time that they don’t remember anymore what it’s like to stop for a sec. I really need to learn how to relax more.

  • My brain is on overload most of the time, too. It’s hard to disconnect. I find it easiest to disconnect when I’m reading…but it has to be a fiction book with a good story line. If it’s non-fiction I find it adds to my brain overload. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Hisle

    Pssh, I do not do nearly enough of this. I am never just sitting there thinking because I also like to have a busy mind. Best case scenario I will try to focus on my thoughts while walking the dog, but more often than not I am making to-do lists. I know it’s bad for me, but it is so hard to live slowly when you have so much stuff to do all the time.

    waltzandwillow.com

  • I love nothing more, than just doing nothing. Having a moment to switch off and back away from everything for a while. It’s so good for you! Lovely post.

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • I’m just like you, doing nothing and ten things at the same time. It’s not conducive to actually getting much accomplished, but it isn’t really relaxing either! I need to learn to do one or the other.

  • I find writing in my diary, journal or planner is a great way just to relax and stay away from devices for an hour or so. Definitely a cup of tea or coffee is needed!

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

  • It often feels like I spend too much time doing nothing and then I stress out about not being productive. I think I’d benefit from designating time to do absolutely nothing and be totally at peace with it, and then be productive outside of that time, fully focused 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Yep, I definitely need to learn how to just switch off. TRULY switch off.

  • Today Souhaila

    I agree 100% ,switching off for some time is super duper important,and it helps a lot in soothing and refreshing the mind,lovely post

    todaysouhaila.blogspot.com

  • Shimmer Within

    Totally agree, easier said than done. And what’s with the guilt that creeps in too? I should be…I could be… Sit just for 5 minutes and your brain will thank you 🙂

  • I really like this, I always think a day in front of the telly and my laptop can be super relaxing but then I feel wired going from laptop to phone and back, I’d love an afternoon with a blanket, candle and a good book or even a tv series with no other device, that would be lovely!
    http://www.pagesfrombeth.blogspot.co.uk