I used to work a job that required 6 and 7 days a week, 10 and 12 hours a day. I maintained this daunting schedule for 5 years, then burnt out. I gave my 30-days’ notice, and decided to take 3 months off to really relax. There was just one problem, I didn’t know how to do nothing—after just 2 weeks in was going stir crazy.
There Are Lessons In The Silence
If you are accustomed to being on-the-go every second of every day, learning how to do nothing may feel uncomfortable. Many of us experience this on vacation. Either you pack it so full of excursions that you are exhausted, or you schedule in ample time to relax—but it takes almost the full week until you really relax. Consider adding 10 to 20 minutes of meditation to your day, because there are invaluable lessons in the silence.
Nothing Doesn’t Have To Be Nothing
The fact of the matter is, your schedule may remain filled to the brim. However, your goal should be to fill it with more of the things you truly enjoy. Call this your “me time”. This could be a hobby, reading a book, indulging in movie marathon, spending time in nature—or anything that feeds your soul.
Practice makes perfect, and there may be some weeks that it just doesn’t happen—but you can learn how to do nothing.