THE TIME TO DO NOTHING

berries on a bush

 

Today, I had a self-care day. I had nothing that I had planned to do, no places to go and no blog posts to write. The day was free for me to do whatever I wanted.

The night before involved many tears from my sensitive self (I’m ok!) and it wasn’t until I was laying in bed this morning did I realise how much I needed a little rest.

I’m definitely guilty of feeling like I’m wasting time when I don’t do anything, and to be honest doing ‘nothing’ can sometimes be a struggle, there is always tweets to schedule, worktops to clean. You get so ingrained into the daily grind that you forget, most of what you do on a daily basis is a choice you’re making. It is not necessarily ‘needed’ for you to function. Guaranteed we all need to work to live (and if you don’t, share me your secret) but the things we add to our lists are usually tasks we’ve created for ourselves. And lets not even mention when you don’t manage to get it all done.

Anyway, back to my day. I spent the morning consuming all my favourite Youtube videos and reading favourite blog posts while eating breakfast. I did a yoga video to wake my body up a little. I had a lovely lunch and then went for a long walk with the pup and finished off listening to two podcast episodes.

It was so nice to go at a lower pace, and really make the most of the day, which is something we all struggle with I think. Weeks fly by and before we know it its the end of November and Christmas is coming up. I think back to the New Year and it’s gone so quickly.

I really want to plan some more of these days in my diary as I really truly felt like I was living life, not just rushing by in a daze until its 7pm and I can get in cosy pyjamas.

 

Have you had a day to do nothing recently?

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  • marblebeauty

    I’ve been ill recently, so I’ve had a lot of ‘nothing’ days whether I like or not haha! I loved this post though, sometimes you really do need to just slow down and look after yourself.Sounds like a really good day 🙂

    Chloe xx
    http://marblebeauty.co.uk

    • Thanks so much for reading! I hope you feel better now 🙂

  • I regularly attempt to have no plans. I need them, to just you know, read, sit in bed, (like now) then go have an unplanned nice day…
    Glad you had a good one!

    • Ahhh I love a good slow morning with no reason to get out of bed. Isn’t that just the life? x

  • I find days like these so helpful, especially if I’ve had a rubbish day or I’ve just needed one of those days to just relax. I think it’s so important to have those self-care days every so often! Sounds like you had a lovely day 🙂 xx

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • Thanks so much for reading Kayleigh! I definitely need days like this too x

  • I so need to do this. I can totally relate to feeling guilty having a day doing nothing. In fact I literally can’t even think of the last time I did this, always so many things to do, always working through a to do list! I am non-stop with things to do on my tube journey, lunch breaks and evenings! A day off sounds dreamy, (and needed!) xx

    Frances Kayleigh | Fashion & Lifestyle

  • Oh, Natalie, how I wish we lived closer to each other! I think we would make such great friends. Your day yesterday sounds so lovely. I am so sensitive, too, and sometimes I have to remind myself that it is okay to take a mental health day.

    Madison http://breakfastatmadisons.com

    • We totally would, at least we can be online friends for now! It’s totally okay to have a day off xxx

  • You’re so right! I always forget that what I think I need to do isn’t actually a necessity. There’s not enough time in the day sometimes but doing nothing is good for us, it reminds us how to slow down!

    Emma http://www.limeafterlime.com

    • I’m always go go go and then I wonder why I feel so tired or have a headache! x

  • That sounds like such a lovely ‘nothing day’. I really struggle to switch off as well, considering my blog is my hobby, but it’s so so important to take some time away from it – even it if makes you happy.

    Sharni xo
    A Girl & Grey

    • Totally- couldn’t agree more! I don’t do any work through the PM so that helps me keep a balance x

  • Self care days are so important! It’s so easy to get swept up in everything that’s going on. I also usually find that when I break down and have a little cry it’s because I’m in need of a rest haha…good for you knowing when it’s time to take a break! Xx
    http://www.millievyse.blogspot.co.uk

    • I do the same! I’m not a big crier so I kind of know that I need to take it slower when the tears come! x

  • Truly so important, ESPECIALLY this time of year!

  • Amy Eade

    I always feel guilty when I don’t do anything productive but I have found ways of having self care days while still being productive – things like doing crafts, baking etc really help me relax buit still feel kinda productive!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • That’s so good you’ve found a balance, I’ve heard a lot of people say baking is really therapeutic for them x

  • Oh gosh I resonate with this post so so much. I always feel guilty about having wasted days but it really gets on top of you if you don’t have a day off now and again! You have inspired me to have a chill out day soon for sure 🙂 xx

    Tash | natashatodd.co.uk

    • So glad you liked it lovely. Deffo book one in for yourself! x

  • Diana Maria

    I feel that familiar pang of guilt when I take a day off to myself, and we really shouldn’t feel guilty for it! It sounds like you had a wonderful time enjoying youtube videos having a relaxing, slow day for yourself. Doing nothing helps recharge, I need to take one soon too! Hope you’re feeling better Natalie 🙂

    Sending light & love your way,

    My Lovelier Days

    • I hope you manage to have one soon, they are so so valuable! xx