The Importance of Doing Nothing

The Importance of Doing Nothing

Happy Monday, friends! Today I wanted to pop in and share some thoughts on being busy. Our culture loves to glorify being busy. If you don’t have a packed schedule, stressful work life, and a million things to get done in one day, you’re assumed to be doing something wrong. Being constantly on the go and filled with stress with no time to wind down and relax/recharge is so bad for our mind and our bodies. Today I’m sharing a few ways that I personally wind down and recharge my body and my mind. For me, doing nothing and recharging is a priority!

The Body

  • Yoga: Yoga is my favorite way to clear my mind and relax my body. I love a nice gentle stretching yoga flow for this. It’s a great way to shake out the stress of the day and stretch out before ending your day.
  • Walk: Going for a walk outside is a great way to relax the mind and body. I try to walk during my lunch hour at work. It’s a great way to relieve the stress of sitting all day and get your body moving. It helps me feel more productive and ready to return to work.
  • Relaxing Scents: There are a variety of ways you could approach this one. You could enjoy some relaxing essential oils to unwind or light some candles of your choice. Find the scent that relaxes you and enjoy it with a relaxing book (or a glass of wine!).

The Mind

  • Journal: Write out what you’re grateful for, describe your day, or even write down goals for the next day. Anything that still has your mind racing should be written down. Let the act of writing it down be your way to clear the mind for sleep.
  • Music/Meditation: Listen to some relaxing music or a guided meditation. This doesn’t have to be traditional meditation in any shape or form. Find what works for you! I personally enjoy listening to ASMR relaxation videos on YouTube to relax.
  • Avoid Screens: I’m definitely still working on this one but it’s really important! When you’re trying to unwind for bed, avoid screen time so your brain has time to relax and prepare for sleep. I’ve been trying to end the day reading rather than staring at my phone and then going right to sleep!

Final Thoughts

I hope those few suggestions help you unwind! I hope that you all set aside some time for yourself, even during busy seasons of life to relax. Your mind and body will thank you and you will feel ready to tackle those busy moments of life! Let’s make rest and relaxation a priority in life and not a luxury!

How do you relax your mind? Your body? Do you glorify being busy?

Tell me in the comments below!

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17 thoughts on “The Importance of Doing Nothing

  1. OH boy, I do glorify being busy and it just becomes stressful, honestly. One of my very favorite ways to get out of that is to go for a walk or to go read my Bible or a book outside and journal. I need to do that more. Thank you for reminding me Heather. <3

    • Yeah, I think that’s the norm now that we all carry smart phones! It’s hard to cut down but I’m always happier when I do!

  2. This post could not have come at a better time! I’m actually working on a post about being too busy! I need to take your advice and find the time to unwind and relax. I feel like I don’t have time to do that and then when I do have the time I have a hard time unwinding. I definitely love taking walks and writing things down. I am usually making lists of things I need to do, but that helps me to get it out of my mind. And, I listen to music all the time! Thanks for this!

  3. I think there’s a great balance between being busy and doing nothing that very few people achieve. For example, if I do nothing for too long, I get antsy and want to be busier. Yet if I’m too busy, I just want to slow down. Yoga and walking always help!

    • I agree! If I do nothing for too long I am roaring to go do something. I like the middle ground activities that are still relaxing…your mind and body are resting but you’re still engaged. That’s why I enjoy yoga!

  4. I relax my mind by listening to music or a podcast. I love my essential oil diffuser, and that helps me relax too. Same with yoga, meditation, and journaling! When I am stressed, praying always helps too 🙂

    • Which diffuser do you have? I’m in the market for one! Those are all great ways to unwind and decompress thanks for sharing!

  5. This post made me realize that I DO glorify being busy. Instead of making “me time” a priority, I make in a last resort. This post was very thought provoking! I love reading and crocheting in order to relax 🙂

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