Wasting time is easy, but there is an art to doing nothing and using this ability to reduce stress and increase productivity.
How to Begin
Initially, spend 5 to 10 minutes doing nothing, choosing a time and place where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure all distractions are removed such as phones, computers, and the TV. Now, just close your eyes and do nothing. After 10 minutes or so, go and do something else but try to practice this art regularly.
Next, while you’re doing nothing begin concentrating on your breathing. Start by breathing in slowly and then slowly exhaling. Be aware of your breath as it enters your body through your nose, slowly filling your lungs. Notice how it feels when you exhale. Practice for 5 to 10 minutes whenever you can.
Learning How to Relax
When you master the art of doing nothing, you also need to relax completely. Make sure you find a comfortable spot and use the breathing technique to begin emptying your mind. Another technique to try is to tense each muscle in your body, before letting the muscle relax. Start with your feet and work your way up to your eyebrows.
Once you are comfortable with the art of doing nothing, get out into nature. Here, you can practice the art of doing nothing for 20 minutes or even longer, ensuring you are completely removed from the stresses of life. Try not to let your mind wander and instead concentrate on the natural surroundings and truly appreciate the beauty of the natural world.