When the going gets tough…do nothing.

October 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm 2 comments

Or for me: When your head gets filled up with mucus, just relax.

Yesterday I took my first sick day in years. I went home early. I just had to. It was raining outside, I was feeling lousy, and I wasn’t getting any work done. Matt coerced me into leaving the office early to come home to rest. For the first time, I listened to his advice and did just that. And after waking up from a delicious nap with my dog, I’m glad I listened to him.

If you’re like me, you’re a go-go-go getter. You live your life flitting from one activity to the next and come home at the end of the day exclaiming, “What a long day!” That type of lifestyle can get addicting, like you want to see if you can top the day before. You would be amazed at how adept I am at squeezing in activities between other activities.

However, my cold forced me to diverge from that and to just go home and do nothing. I feel like a million bucks  now(well, almost a million) since I listened to my body and came home. So that got me to thinking: When life gets pull-out-your-hair-crazy, overwhelming, frustrating, or you just get sick, perhaps we’re just meant to slow down to the point of doing NOTHING.

Imagine that: Allowing our bodies and minds to recharge. Giving ourselves permission to stop what we’re doing (homework, making a big business decision, even exercising), flop on the sofa, and watch some really trashy TV. Or read a book. Just do nothing.

Our society tells us (and especially women) that we’re lazy and unmotivated if we’re not doing something every second. Well here’s something: Resting can be profound. Enlightening.

Try  it on…Next time you feel in the midst of overwhelm, resist the urge to do, fix, and be and just do nothing.

I hear there’s some America’s Next Top Model reruns on TV. You might want to start with those.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Patti  |  October 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Ah, very wise husband. Do nothing, breathe, be still, turn off phone….feel better! Bravo.

    Reply
  • 2. Abbey  |  October 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    You needed that!!!

    Reply

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