Enjoy your own company – it can make you healthier and more resilient to stress
In the modern society in which we live, relaxation and the abandonment of stress can be tantamount to laziness for many. It’s no coincidence that the term ‘burnout’ – from the English ‘burnout’ – now finds a place in our vocabulary. This condition is characterized by extreme emotional exhaustion and is mostly work-related. Sufferers experience apathy, lack of motivation, a feeling of frustration or passive aggression. How can we counteract these harmful effects on our health? The answer may lie not in what to do, but quite the opposite – try to do nothing. What are the benefits of “doing nothing”? Here are some of them:
You’ll have more time for your family
People who are workaholics often suffer from a chronic lack of time. It is important to note that it is mostly their loved ones, children and family who suffer from this. The fact that people who work for too long reduce their chances of rest and quality sleep cannot be underestimated. According to studies, systematic sleep deprivation (less than 6 hours of sleep per night) is one of the main causes of burnout. Too much work can push you towards nervousness, use of harmful substances and deterioration of relationships. So take stock and decide which is more important – your health or your career development. Of course they can go hand in hand, but don’t let one get in the way of the other.
You will become more relaxed
With the advent of modern technology, doing nothing is becoming increasingly difficult. Most people have a constant source of entertainment and distraction at their fingertips. Smartphones and tablets help us stay connected at all times, but they can also be a constant source of stress. You’ve probably picked up your phone to check something and not long after, found that you were already scrolling mindlessly. So, try putting the phone aside and do some “nothing-doing” – watch the birds, look at the sky, breathe in the scent of a favorite flower.
You will become mentally stronger
According to an interesting University of Virginia study from 2014, a large proportion of participants preferred to receive mild electric shocks rather than be left alone with their thoughts. Conversely, mentally strong people, take time to be alone with their thoughts.
You will be more compassionate
If you free yourself from daily distractions and stress, you’ll achieve greater solitude. And it can help you reflect on and understand other people’s condition, as well as delve deeper into exploring your own innermost feelings and desires.
You will cope better with change
According to a study conducted with college students, those who feel good when they are alone tend to be more mature and resilient to life’s challenges.
You’ll feel more relaxed
One of the best ways to recharge and rest is by simply doing nothing. For many, the day starts with getting up and an almost instant plan-schedule for the day, and this can be overly stressful. So at every opportunity, try to enjoy your own company, exploring your thoughts and feelings. This will make you more aware of yourself, your desires and life choices.
You will feel more fulfilled
Contrary to popular belief, according to a study, people who spend more time alone with less social interaction feel more fulfilled.
You’ll be more productive
People who spend more time relaxing feel better prepared and recharged for the work commitments ahead when they return to their jobs.