How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterwards. – Spanish Proverb
Sundays are for resting, and taking a break. And sometimes, the best way to spend a Sunday is to do absolutely nothing.
We live in such crazy busy times that stress has become the norm for most people, and because of that, most of us don’t even realize how stressed we are until we allow ourselves to slow down. It’s well known that the more stressed we are, the more damage we do not just to our mental health, but also to our bodies. Our bodies are not designed to distinguish between a real threat – “I’m being chased by a tiger!” and a looming deadline. Your adrenal glands release the stress hormone cortisol regardless of the trigger, and higher and prolonged cortisol levels in your bloodstream wreak havoc with your system.
This busy lifestyle carries over into what is supposed to be our leisure time. Weekends are filled with activities and errands and social engagements. All of this busyness leaves no time for what is one of the best things you can do for yourself: spend some time doing absolutely nothing.
Doing nothing without feeling guilty is something all my cats have taught me over the years. As a culture, we tend to always feel rushed, and many consider being busy a badge of honor. However, there is great value in doing nothing, in simply being.
We need down time. We need time to relax. If you can’t remember the last time you did absolutely nothing, start today. Just sit on the sofa, preferably with a cat or two or three, and just be. Don’t think, don’t plan. Just sit and read a book, or watch mindless TV, or admire the way your cat’s fur looks.
Make doing nothing a daily practice, even if it’s only for a few minutes. You’ll find that not only will you feel less stressed, you’ll actually accomplish more in the long run.
I’m off to do nothing. How about you?