Do you remember the last time you were doing absolutely nothing? Or the last time you were both physically and mentally at rest?
As college students, this may sound like a myth or nearly impossible, because there is always something to do. At least, that’s how it feels.
We have been taught that doing nothing is equivalent to being lazy, and when we feel we have nothing to do, most refer to this as boredom. Because of this, we are in an era where people fill their days to the brim with school, work and socializing. It’s almost like there is a recorder in our brain telling us we must do more if we want a prosperous life. It makes sense to take a second job, join new organizations and volunteer on weekends, all while not getting a proper night’s rest for yourself for months at a time.
I used to be the same way. I used to think everything was a necessary task when it was trivial. Even when I had nothing to do, I thought of something to do. However, now I’m learning there is power in doing nothing and it is full of potential.
Think about how much stress you can cutback in your life if you took a moment to do nothing? A time to be at peace within and reboot. We get so caught up in our responsibilities. Even when we are sleeping, we think about what we have to do when we wake up.
It is important to take the time to think about yourself. I promise you will eventually be able to return to your obligations, refreshed and calm. Take a step back from being occupied 24/7, take a deep breath and know that you will reach your full potential.