The Wellness Edition No.41 // Doing nothing
Sometimes it is important to not do a single thing at least for a day or even a few days in order to recharge your batteries - without feeling guilty! I know, we constantly feel pressured to be productive, to work, to do something for our social life, to work out, to clean, to cook and so on…all of that is fine but from time to time you need a break and you should be able to take a break without feeling guilty.
Often I struggle here because there is always something on my agenda but really, once you have recharged your batteries after taking a small break, you will get better results instead of trying to get everything done while you can’t concentrate or don’t feel inspired or whatever is holding you back from giving yourself a break. I don’t want to say “become a lazy person”, that for sure not but just that it is important to realise when it makes sense to step down and to unwind - in order to become energetic and productive again in consequence.
In my opinion doing nothing from time to time is a way of healthy boundary setting with yourself and your work morals. I am super ambitious and I used to work a lot more than I should have and it really burnt me out so I learned that doing nothing from time to time does the trick and that way I also set a healthy boundary for myelf in order not to overdo it and not to be overworked again.
When you want to be good to yourself, treat yourself with love, care and respect then you may not overstep your limits, even though this is something that most of us do and that gets heavily promoted in our pressured Western society - but if I know one thing, this is bad for you and therefore it is important to just step back and do nothing once in a while. Of course this is not possible when you are at work or have to take care of your family but at least you should try to squeeze in a time slot that allows you to relax, to unwind and just to chill out and literally do nothing in order to stay sane and to gain new energy again.
I had several stressful jobs that really left me feeling emotionally empty because I felt that I only lived to work, to get yelled at for my ‘horrible work’ according to my bosses and then to come home to be depressed, drained and feeling utterly worthless. Then I ended up doing nothing because I had no more energy for anything but this is the bad version of doing nothing, it is the one that only lets you sleep and sink further into depression. This is not what we want. There is a form of doing nothing just for the sake of doing nothing in order to unwind and to recharge, this is what we want.
I hope this makes sense to you and that you understand what I am trying to say here but I truly believe in the power of doing nothing in order to stay sane and not to burn out. And it has nothing to do with laziness, believe me because laziness is something that I really hate and that makes me aggressive, but the kind of doing nothing that is a part of self-care and self-love. That is the one I am talking about.