Why You Should Make Time To Do Nothing

By: Leez Kuznetsova

When was the last time you made plans to do NOTHING as in NOT A THING?

The kind of nothing I'm talking about doesn't involve mindless scrolling through your Instagram feed while you catch the highlights from America's Got Talent in the background. Nor does it entail checking off simple chores while you and your frozen pizza wait for the oven to preheat. The kind of NOTHING I'm talking about is fighting the urge to check your phone or flip through the latest issue of People Magazine just to kill time. The kind of nothing I'm talking about is trading in your morning to-do list or evening errands to simply do nothing except quietly take in the world around you. 

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If you still can't recall the last time you truly did nothing, you're probably overdue for a date with boredom. And here are three good reasons you should probably pencil in that date tonight.

Doing NOTHING get those creative juices flowing

Even though it sounds a bit counterintuitive, doing nothing is often a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Translation: giving yourself a break during lunch or after work can actually help you resolve the complex issue you've been trying to tackle all this time. Just ask the ghost of the famous Italian painter, Giorgia Vasari, and he'll tell you that, “Men of genius sometimes accomplish most when they work least”.

Doing nothing cultivates mindfulness 

If you thought you had to follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love to cultivate mindfulness, think again. In fact, it's quite the opposite really. Just 5 to 10 minutes of intentionally doing nothing and going nowhere is all you need to start flexing that mindfulness muscle.

Doing nothing is good for your health 

Boredom is like the new dark chocolate — in moderation, it's good for your health! When we're always on the go, we rarely give our nervous system a chance to take a break unless we've burned out completely. And without a restful nervous system, our brains and bodies can't properly heal. 

So next time you're facing a laundry list of to-do's or just a mountain of laundry, try the act of doing NOTHING instead.

Shoutout to these lovely sources: 

The Upside of Downtime

The Energy Project

Relax! You'll Be More Productive

The Importance of Doing Nothing