In her post on The importance of doing “nothing” WelliesAndPearls points out that scientific research shows that the brain needs downtimes to regenerate. She goes on to mention a few nice ways of doing “nothing”: taking a walk, reading, watching a movie, doing simple arts and crafts projects. I like these manners of doing “nothing” but all of them are still an activity of some sort and this got me wondering: Can I stand really doing nothing? If I were locked up in a completely empty room for three or four hours, would I be okay or would I go crazy?
Some time ago I was very busy, lots of work, lots of pressure, and all that kept me going was looking forward to a one-week-vacation, a vacation that I planned to spend doing nothing, just relaxing. When it finally came, this long-awaited vacation, I finally sat down to rest – and I felt rotten.
It was like all the thoughts and feelings and the exhaustion that I had been suppressing the weeks before now bubbled up and overwhelmed me. And it was too much for my brain to take, too much to process in that moment. So I had to get up and find some distraction from myself.
Locking me up in an empty room at that time would have been a disaster.
When I have the chance of providing my brain with small downtimes on a regular basis by enjoying some of those doing-nothing-activities that permit my thoughts to flow freely, clearing out my brain, then: Yes, you could lock me up in an empty room for a few hours and I would be okay just thinking and daydreaming and really doing nothing. I might even enjoy it for a while.
(Side note: This is a zero to hero day 12 post.)