When was the last time that you did nothing? I mean actually nothing? I bet you’ve always been told that doing nothing is lazy. Well, doing nothing all the time probably is slightly lazy, but a lot of the time we actually NEED to do absolutely nothing. So next time someone comes in and disturbs your peace by telling you to get off your arse – show them this!
Here are 5 reasons why you should clear out some time to precisely do nothing.
It Improves Your Memory
Contrary to popular belief, our brains are not actually built to be switched on all day, every day. In order to learn, store and retain information properly, our brains need time to process the details. Studies have found that you’re more likely to remember stuff by taking regular breaks from the tasks at hand.
So instead of just moving from task to task, cramming in loads of information, until it is time to go to bed, schedule in a bit of time to ‘be lazy’.
It Helps to Relieve Your Stress
Well this one is pretty self-explanatory. Being distracted from your ever stressful to-do list by doing nothing will help you relieve you of your stressors, it may also help your brain to distinguish between work and life, which is so important in this day and age.
Did you know that working 55 hours or more per week is linked to an increase of having a stroke (33%) and developing coronary heart disease (13%), according to a study from University College London.
It Keeps You in the Present
We often spend way too much time revelling in our past or planning ahead/ worrying about the future. So much so that we forget to enjoy and appreciate the wonders that we have around us. Doing nothing is a strong way to connect with your surroundings, which again is really important for your mental health.
It Can Spark Creativity and Help with Problem Solving
Doing nothing can work to de-clutter your mind and allow space for your subconscious to expand, which is great for creativity and problem solving. Going for an aimless walk or sitting there in your PJs with a tub of Cookie Dough Ice Cream might even spur on a lightbulb moment, helping you to think creatively and come up with some innovative solutions. Parents, think Horrid Henry shouting ‘Eureka!’ when he gets an idea for his next devious plot – this could be you, only for problems that are a lot less fun, I’m sure.
It Can Help to Regulate Your Emotions
Constantly being on the go leaves you with very little time to process your emotions. Without processing your thoughts and feelings, you could eventually combust and unfortunately end up with a variety of mental health issues. So allowing yourself time to do so is absolutely vital for your mental health, in which you can process and act accordingly.
There we have it, 5 key reasons why you should schedule in a bit of time doing precisely nothing. These days, we’re available 24/7, which is not good for allowing our brains to develop and work in the way that they should. So next time you’re planning ways to fill up your evenings, think about doing nothing. And if anyone calls you lazy, then send them my way!