Over the past few months i’ve really learned that doing nothing is one of the best things you can do.
At this point i’m sure you’re like YES LAURYN… WE KNOW YOU’RE LAZY!!
Though just for a minute i’d like you to really think about it. The idea of doing nothing isn’t about sitting in a chair staring at a wall, it’s more the idea of not doing anything useful. Like watching netflix 24/7, sleeping, or hibernating in your room colouring in those ridiculous adult colouring books that honestly make me more stressed then calm haha.
Back in December I found myself just feeling completely dead to the world. So what I did was sit in my room, be stupid and take maybe 100 steps in a day (literally when I checked my step counting app… it was kind of ridiculous). Course there is always a point where doing nothing for such long period of time where it gets ridiculous.
Though in that time I quickly learned a few things!
Doing nothing for long periods of time can boost creativity.
There was a week where I knew I did nothing productive in the slightest and by the end of the week I was so restless to do something creative or productive I pulled out my sketch book for the first time in months. Oh it felt so good. I guess it’s like most things in life, you really have to hit rock bottom for anything to click. My rock bottom was running out of netflix shows hahaha.
I began to play more guitar, started wanting to write poetry again, looking for ways to improve my blog. It really surprised me that some of the things I put on a back burner for half a year came back so naturally after the feeling of extreme boredom.
You have so much time to think.
Literally when you are all alone and putting off the important things, it really makes you think. For me I made loads and loads of lists in the past months. Things that were on my mind, or things I knew I needed to eventually figure out in my life were scattered all over the pages of my journal and notebooks. During that time I made a game plan of how I wanted the next year to go, and even some goals that I want to achieve in the next 5 years. I think that this was something that really pushed me to try my hardest to get out of the slump of nothing.
You’re brain needs downtime too.
It’s not just your body that can get exhausted. Doing too much at once can really mess with your mind. I always found in high school that knowing I had to hand in culminating activities one after the other was really too much for me. Especially when I wouldn’t take breaks. My brain needed the time to recharge and loose focus. I remember by the last assignment of the year, I really bullshitted it all in an attempt to just get it over with and out the way. If I took a day to loose focus and recharge I could have probably done much better on that assignment. After school I found myself worrying way too much about what i’m going to do with my life, or course I still do now but not to the extent. I found that taking a break and really just loosing myself was how I found out what course I wanted to take in college. Funny thing is I was watching youtube and came across a girl my age who was just talking and mentioned how she was going to school to get into PR. After looking into it and finding out what you could do with a communications degree, it hit all the points that I was so confused about.
I strongly believe life brings what you need at just the right time.
For me what I needed was that break!
What do you do to unwind or relax? Leave me a comment down below!
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