Sometimes it’s really great to take some time…to do nothing.
I’m on vacation this week, although I haven’t really gone anywhere. Just had to take a week off of work. And I’m giving myself permission to do absolutely nothing.
Oh I’m spending some time writing. Going for hikes. Taking care of some business that is hard to get done on weekends. But for the most part, I’m allowing myself to do nothing.
It’s so easy to get bogged down in “I have to do all of these things”. And normally, I like being busy. I don’t like sitting. Sitting and doing nothing and getting into ruts is what feeds my anxiety and depression.
But sometimes doing things all the time gets me in ruts anyway. Going to work everyday. Coming home and dealing with bills. Feeling like I’m on a hamster wheel. Every day the same thing. Over and over and over. I know, the bane of adulthood.
The truth is I like working. I like being busy. But sometimes it’s really, really nice to be able to take some time and do nothing.
I’m out of the house right now, staying with my boyfriend up near Denver. And it’s nice. Relaxing. Comfortable. No goals. No deadlines. Nothing I really need to accomplish other than what I want to do. Taking naps on the couch. Walks out in the sunshine. Getting some writing done in the quiet, watching the birds flitting through his backyard.
Sometimes we need to do nothing in order to recharge our batteries.
I know I get overwhelmed sometimes with everything having to “be” something. If you go on vacation, where are you going. What are you doing. Skipping around on Facebook and seeing everybody’s amazing stories of the places they’ve gone and the things they’ve done. Feeling like you have to live up to everyone else’s lives.
And it is awesome to go places. There’s a ton of places I plan to visit. I love going and exploring and trying new things.
But sometimes it’s really good to give myself permission to do nothing.
To be okay with sleeping all day in the sun like a cat. With watching a little TV. With just reveling in the silence and peace. Relaxing. Contemplating. Dreaming.
I know this is a short post, but sometimes it’s easy to say what I’m thinking or feeling. And it is, this time.
Let yourself take a nothing vacation. Do nothing. Expect nothing. Just chill out and relax.
It’s amazing what doing nothing for a day or two can do for you.