How Doing Nothing Can Be a Path to Greater Contentment

It’s so hard to turn your brain off these days and get some quiet. There seem to be endless distractions or tasks that demand our attention. And this makes it so hard todisconnect for quiet and rejuvenating time to simply do nothing. Restorative breaks such as simply breathing, sitting quietly, or laying in Savasana for 5-10 minutes—is a simple strategy for taking care of yourself anyone can implement.


Doing nothing is time for you to unwind and relax. And that will mostly mean being offline. If that scares you, fear not. Start small. You’ll benefit from even the smallest change in your online habits. And when you start feeling these benefits—less stress, more focus—you’ll put yourself in a feel-good feedback loop. The more time you spend offline doing nothing, the more you’ll want to put your phone away and connect with yourself, friends, and the world around you.

Practicing doing nothing will equate to better sleep, lessened anxiety, deeper relationships, and less stress. The largest benefit is that you’ll find yourself enjoy life more. By regularly taking these restorative pauses, you prioritize your wellness (it feels good to do something positive for yourself), you make yourself a more engaged and present friend/sibling/parent/employee, and you get clarity on the things, people, and activities that make you feel centered, whole, and most of all, content with what is just as it is.