Mindful Sunday: The Art of Doing Nothing
A relaxing, steady weekend – that's what we have been dreaming of and looking forward to after a stressful, busy work week. But in a competitive world, where people's mindset is to be more productive, be busy 24/7 and achieve something each day, we tend to forget to take some time off and rarely give ourselves time to do nothing. There is nothing wrong with this "productive mindset" and having a long list of "things to do" each day but give yourself at least an hour or more (I recommend at least 3-4 hours) each week to practice and embrace the art of doing nothing.
Some people think that doing nothing is a complete waste of time, or they tend to feel guilty when they do nothing, but If you want to be more relaxed, creative, and mindful in your life, you need to give yourself and set a schedule for your "Do Nothing Day." If you don't, chances are you'll get more easily irritated, burned out, tired, and stressed. Think of this day as your recharge day – melting away the stress from the previous week and recharging yourself to get ready for the coming week. When you get used to this practice, you'll find yourself more relaxed and more accomplished at the end of your busy workday.
Doing nothing may sound pretty easy and may deem synonymous with laziness, but practicing nothingness mindfully is different than just laying around all day looking at the ceiling. Remember that there is great power in allowing yourself to zone out mentally and physically. This is where most people struggle because society tells us always to be productive, which puts pressure on us to do more.
There are some ways you could try to practice the art of doing nothing without any guilt and pressure. Remember always to be kind to yourself and always find the balance between being productive and being still and doing nothing. Please slow down and practice it with ease. Remember, there is no right or wrong in this practice; find what will work best for you and how you can recharge yourself with nothingness.
Below are some examples you could try for your Mindful Sunday.
Shut all the distractions
You may want to start your "Do Nothing day" at home. Avoid busy and crowded areas like your office, gym, or public places. Find a time and a business without distractions – people, noise, and electronic devices such as tv, computer, and even your phone. Now, close your eyes, breathe slowly and do nothing. It is also best to play some Zen music while practicing this method 5-10 mins every day.
Leave your house without your phone
Deep relaxation comes from letting go of your environment that controls you. For this case, social media plays a huge role in occupying most of our supposed free time. Disconnect from your phone from time to time and leave the house without it. Take a walk, enjoy the scenery the nature if it's accessible to your place and allow yourself to zone out.
Watch the sky
Lie on a greenfield or sit under a tree and watch the clouds shift in the blue sky. Listen to the birds' humming sound, breathe slowly, and enjoy the cool breeze of fresh air. This is the perfect spot to daydream and allow yourself to be in "Idle mode."
Sit on your favorite chair and look out the window
Find your favorite spot in your house overlooking a window. Now, put your favorite comfortable chair and make this a place for your "Do nothing day." Enjoy your coffee while sitting on your favorite chair and look out the window. This kind of relaxation is a great way to give our thoughts some space to breathe while enjoying the moment of nothingness. Notice how your mind float while watching the birds fly, how the rain falls, or how the leaves sway with the wind. This sweet moment of idleness gives us a chance to be more present and aware of our thoughts.
Practicing the art of doing nothing can be mastered over time. It's best to set a time for this practice and let your mind and body wonder as you allow yourself to be in Idle mode. Remember that you don't need to make every second of your day productive and that it's completely okay to do nothing and to do less. Be kind to yourself and enjoy every sweet minute of nothingness.