Starting spring right: Doing nothing

What are you up to today?

Ticking all of the items on your list?

Running 30 errands in an hour?

Do you feel pride in being able to do the above tasks, quickly, effi­ciently, and repet­it­ively?

Have you ever con­sidered that sit­ting and star­ing at the wall or just sit­ting out­side and smelling the air might be just as pro­duct­ive?

May showers bring more flowers

In my office, I see many people who are very tired not only in their bod­ies but in their minds. The dis­ease of over­activ­ity is wear­ing them out, and their bod­ies and minds need rest.

Why can we not sit without play­ing with our phones, or hav­ing a mil­lion thoughts stream­ing about what is next to worry about or knock off of our list? Even the idea of slow­ing down or just tak­ing time to observe the pre­cious moment always comes across as “new age hocus pocus” when in real­ity, neur­os­cience is preach­ing con­stantly now that we need to train our minds, we need to clean out the clut­ter, we need to slow down. Multi-task­ing is actu­ally a myth; the more we try to do, the less we actu­ally do well.

Our brain and body respond very positively to time-outs, and restful activities.

When our brains are more rest­ful, we actu­ally have a bet­ter abil­ity to assign the right pri­or­it­ies, to make the right decisions, and to respond to the right emo­tion­al cues. If we are feel­ing upset, we can calm ourselves down faster. We can be more lov­ing to those around us, espe­cially those around us whom cause us dis­tress. We also heal faster in our bod­ies, and most often, our bod­ies when in pain, are try­ing to bring atten­tion to a lack of atten­tion and care. To give one example, flare-ups of dis­ease with colit­is or Crohn’s notori­ously hap­pen when people are tired and over­sched­uled, as with so many oth­er med­ic­al con­di­tions. Poor eat­ing, poor sleep, high stress are all ideal con­di­tions for health to go awry.

Your inactive challenge

Our bod­ies and minds need time to enjoy this won­der­ful weath­er, to feel the sun on our faces, to smell or view the new bloom­ing flowers, to take joy at the col­our that is emer­ging into nature right now.

I dare you to take 5 – 10 minutes each day and decide to do noth­ing. Ideally, it would be great to be by a win­dow to look out­side and just observe.

Do noth­ing. See how it feels.

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