5 Ways to Do Nothing
I’m sure you’ve heard it too. I know I have. We all need to reset, to recharge our bodies and our minds. Sure, we all sleep, most of us every night, or day. But it doesn’t always seem like enough. And I don’t believe that is what we are really being told.
I know days are busy. There always seems like there is something else, more important, that needs our attention. Trying to find some balance between work, school, family, kids, friends, or any other combination can be difficult. So, how then do we find time to recharge? You don’t have to have a ton of time available to do nothing either. It’s awesome when you can find a decent sized block of time, but even just five to ten minutes or so will work.
Nothing is different to everyone. Your idea of doing nothing will probably be different than mine. It will likely change depending on the day and what you have been doing leading up to thinking about doing nothing.
Personally, I try to squeeze in nothing whenever I can. In those rare moments during the day when the house is quiet and I have no immediate deadlines, I might grab one of the four or so books I am currently reading and steal ten minutes or so if I can. If I have been doing a lot of writing, research or editing, I would probably not want my nothing to have anything do with any more words. On those days I will usually wait until the kids are in bed, and pick a show off my DVR.
To help get you started on your road to doing nothing, I have compiled a few good options.
- Reading a good book.
A good book doesn’t have to be a story. It can be fiction, non-fiction or even something that may help in your career or life. While I wait for Winds of Winter by George RR Martin, I have been reading Maurice Druon’s The Accursed Kings series. I also have a few non-fiction books laying around that I will pick up when I can.
Finally watching that movie you have been dying to see, or catching up on your favorite shows, is another good option. I probably have around a dozen shows set to record on my DVR each week. When I get to actually watch them… well, quite often I end up binge watching the last 3-4 episodes in one night. Supernatural and Justified are two that I have to watch the night they air, those days are always nice because I know I will get my chance to do nothing later.
3. Go outside.
Although this option depends on the weather, it is still a great option to keep in mind. Even just stepping out onto a porch or balcony can be refreshing. You don’t have to have a nice view or mountain fresh air either. My favorite is when it is raining. When I was younger, my dad and I would hang out in the garage, just watching the rain.
4. Going for a run.
Running or any exercise for that matter. It’s the most physical of the options here, but many people swear that this helps them to recharge. I have heard that this option, aids in stress relief, helps clear your mind and it’s obviously one of the more healthy options. The only way I can do this, is if I have some good music playing.
Playing can be many things. Literally playing with kids or pets, or just goofing around with friends or family. It can also mean spending time doing something you enjoy, a hobby perhaps. When my husband is missing, I usually find him in the garage under a car. To me it looks like work, but he enjoys it and insists it’s relaxing.
Think about the last time you did do nothing. What did you do? How did you feel before and after doing your version of nothing? If you are reading this, you are probably either doing nothing right now, or really in need of doing nothing. And even staying up late to do nothing works.
Sometimes I know I should go to bed, but I fall asleep faster and wake up feeling better when I did nothing first the night before. So, go on, do nothing.1