Sophie Rosie

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In defence of; sometimes just doing nothing.

In defence of; sometimes just doing nothing.

 I'm one of those people that normally has to try and keep herself busy. I can't deal with doing nothing for too long and I'm not quite sure how I ever used to sit at home every weekend and never leave the house. But, like a few people have touched on recently, there's suddenly become this culture and fascination with 'being busy'. One, which particularly in London, I've totally thrown myself into.   I make sure that I have plans every weekend. I want to be busy and keeping myself occupied. I  want  to spend my mornings in my favourite coffee shop while I type up a blog post and answer emails and then run across London to meet my best friend and do whatever we have planned for the rest of the day. I  want  to be surrounded by people and have conversations and have been in 3 different parts of town on the same day. I  want  to be so productive with all of my time.

I'm one of those people that normally has to try and keep herself busy. I can't deal with doing nothing for too long and I'm not quite sure how I ever used to sit at home every weekend and never leave the house. But, like a few people have touched on recently, there's suddenly become this culture and fascination with 'being busy'. One, which particularly in London, I've totally thrown myself into. 

I make sure that I have plans every weekend. I want to be busy and keeping myself occupied. I want to spend my mornings in my favourite coffee shop while I type up a blog post and answer emails and then run across London to meet my best friend and do whatever we have planned for the rest of the day. I want to be surrounded by people and have conversations and have been in 3 different parts of town on the same day. I want to be so productive with all of my time.

coffee

Sometimes, it's okay to just do nothing if you need to.


And then, a few months ago, certain things started to go down hill, and so did my mood and some aspects of my mental health. And as a result, so did a lot of my productivity.

Instead of spending my evenings writing blog posts or catching up on emails or chatting with friends or doing some life admin... or well, literally anything - I was doing nothing.

I was spending every evening just sat in bed, having one eye on Netflix and the other on my phone. Not doing anything productive, but you know the drill - the endless scrolling on social media that I mention in this post.

coffee and avocado

At first, this really bothered me, and every night as I rolled over to go to sleep, I'd be filled with guilt and I'd be mentally telling myself off for wasting another evening by not doing something productive.

 But then I realised that actually, it's okay to do just do nothing if you need to.  And it's okay if you need to do nothing for days, weeks or even months. Sometimes we just need some time to mentally re-charge, to get over this little phase and look after ourselves by giving ourselves a little break.  I did the typical thing, and as we grew closer to Christmas and the New Year, I kinda gave up in trying to motivate myself again. I figured I'd just wait until the New Year to get my motivation back and give myself an extended break from beating myself up. And actually, it could've been exactly what I needed.  Like I mentioned at the start, and like a lot of people are talking about at the minute - we all suddenly seem to think we need to be doing all of the things all of the time. But actually, sometimes we just need to do nothing. And we need to do nothing for as long as we need, and not beat ourselves up for it.

But then I realised that actually, it's okay to do just do nothing if you need to.  And it's okay if you need to do nothing for days, weeks or even months. Sometimes we just need some time to mentally re-charge, to get over this little phase and look after ourselves by giving ourselves a little break.

I did the typical thing, and as we grew closer to Christmas and the New Year, I kinda gave up in trying to motivate myself again. I figured I'd just wait until the New Year to get my motivation back and give myself an extended break from beating myself up. And actually, it could've been exactly what I needed.

Like I mentioned at the start, and like a lot of people are talking about at the minute - we all suddenly seem to think we need to be doing all of the things all of the time. But actually, sometimes we just need to do nothing. And we need to do nothing for as long as we need, and not beat ourselves up for it.

What do you think? Do you ever just let yourself do nothing for a while?

Soph

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