Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Do for Yourself Is Nothing

Written by Judy Klipin

You know that feeling of overwhelm? Of having so much to do that you don’t know where to start? Of realising that it is June already, even though it feels like January has just started?

That “there’s-too-much-to-do-and-not-enough-time-to-do-it-in-and-I-have-to-do-more-be-more-say-more-earn-more-play-more-love-more-laugh-more-exercise-more-lose-more-weight-eat-fewer-carbs-and-still-be-happy” kind of feeling?  That “stop the world, I want to get off!!!” kind of feeling?

We all get that feeling from time to time. And our instinctive response when we have too much to do and not enough time to do it in is usually to try harder to be more effective and get things done.

Until we can’t do anything.

Until we are so tired and stressed and strung out and freaked out that we hit a wall and have to stop.

And only then can we rest and regroup.

And only then do we start making healthy choices that allow us to be efficient and effective.

We don’t always (or ever) make the best choices when we are in a panic-driven, exhaustion-fuelled state of mind and body, and we often don’t give ourselves the time and space that we need to make better choices.

Next time you are feeling over-worked, over-committed and overwhelmed, take some time to stop. To breathe. To come back to yourself.

It is very important to be proactive about creating the conditions that support you and your journey through life. Because if you keep having to hit a wall before you can allow yourself to stop, those walls are going to get higher and harder until you arrive at the Great Wall of Burnout. And that is really not a fun place to be.

If it is at all possible I recommend that you set aside time every day to do nothing. To just be with yourself and in yourself. To make a space in your outer world that supports a space in your inner world. To make a space that allows you to remember who you are and what is important to you.

Because when you have done enough of nothing, you’ll be able to do everything that much better.

How to do nothing regularly is one of the skills I will be sharing with people who attend the 4-week Take Back Your Life Group Coaching Programme, starting on 19 June. 

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