A figure leaning back and relaxing while floating in the air and doing absolutely nothing.

Doing Nothing Isn't Always a Waste of Time

TGIF. Thank God it’s Friday! Ok, so it’s not 1978 and Love and Kisses are not singing a disco song about finding a new love while on a night on the town. However, it is the right time and place for a little self-love and kisses. I am exhausted and it is time to relax and recuperate.

A busy week

I have had a busy week being a modern, active, visually impaired old lady. Monday was errand day. I also had to shop for clothes for a wedding. Tuesday was a full day of work. I taught and saw clients Wednesday as well as running more errands. Thursday I was a lab rat all day. Then I came home to an exercise class. Today was another day of work. Top that off with hay fever season. It is hard to rest when you are coughing up a lung...or two. Even with allergy meds that seems to happen every night this time of the year.

I imagine you can identify with the feeling. Being visually impaired is a challenge. Things take twice as long as they once did and frustration is not helpful for tension levels. If you are anything like me, you come to the end of a busy week and you are FRIED. Extra crispy.

Doing nothing can be good for you

So why am I writing this? I love to write. I find it both relaxing and therapeutic. It also satisfies that little voice in my head that is chastising me for basically doing nothing and wasting time.

But is doing nothing really wasting time? That renown, English philosopher Winnie T. Pooh was reported by his biographer A.A. Milne to have said the following: “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” He also said, “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” Silly, old bear.

So, having it on the finest authority I could find, nothing time is good for you. How do we “waste” time in a manner that is good for us? What to do when we are drained?

Recovering from a stressful week

For some strange reason beyond my ken, the Sunbeam people published a four-point list on recovering from a stressful week. That’s right, we are talking the toaster people. Now, while, to me, there is something relaxing and recharging about a thick slice of toasted bread dripping in butter, that is not one of their points. Their points are as follows:

  • Disconnect: Put your phone aside and turn off the TV. Stroll in the yard or take a hot bath.
  • Release tension: While Sunbeam heating pads (Aha! Understanding is dawning here!) and other appliances can be helpful, a simple self-massage can work, too.
  • Take care of yourself: Early bedtime is not a sin. If you are sleepy, sleep!
  • Do what you enjoy: Do what you want to do, not what you have to do. Stop pushing yourself. The job will still be there tomorrow.

What I'm doing

Pretty much what I am doing. I am staying away from emails and texts. I soaked in a hot tub and got into bed at about 8:30. I already told you, writing is often what I want to do. I am doing it. I am ignoring things I “should” do to do what I want to do at least for the evening.

Friday evening. Thank God it’s Friday. Ladies, cue the music! (Love and Kisses’ Thank God It’s Friday can still be heard on YouTube right here.)

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