With so much to do and so little time how can we possibly even consider the notion of doing nothing? That’s going to put us even further behind, right? Wrong. Actually, by taking little steps back regularly we gain much more momentum to move forward towards our goals and to where we ultimately want to be. Now let’s just make sure you understand before I go any further, I’m not necessarily saying you should do nothing at all, I’m talking about doing nothing with regard to work or specific responsibilities.
Your ‘nothing’ time in this instance is the time you dedicate to doing something for yourself – whether it’s chilling out with a book, a massage, dinner with friends, a walk, taking the kids to a park, or exploring an area of the City you’ve never been to before. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s something you want to do and something you get pleasure from, where you can simply be in the moment and be yourself. If you only have 10 minutes, that’s ok – it’s plenty of time to find a seat (this can be the toilet if necessary) and breath – yes, even that counts my friends!
So why do you want, even need, to do this and how will it help you to move forward faster?
When we’re on the go and thinking ALL the time our brains think we’re in danger, so they send signals to our bodies to protect us. These signals initiate a chain reaction of bio-chemical events that prepare us to be able to fight or run away from that danger (commonly known as fight or flight mode), however since the danger is only perceived (such as stressing out about how much we have to do or how many emails are in our inbox) we don’t need to fight or run away so we’re left with excess hormones running around in our systems, that then start to wreak havoc in our bodies.
Do you experience random bloating? Do you get particularly tired at specific times of the day (i.e. 3pm)? Do you rely on coffee to get through the day? Do you find it hard to get to sleep at night? These are just some of the side effects of constantly being in fight or flight mode unnecessarily. What are the benefits of doing sweet FA? What happens when we allow ourselves to do sweet f a however, is it sends different signals to the brain that tell it everything is ok, and you are indeed not in danger, so it can simply carry on business as usual.
Subsequently, your digestive system remains functional so it can process everything efficiently and deliver all of the appropriate nutrients to the different areas of your body, your energy levels remain more consistent because your adrenal glands are not being over-worked and the correct nutrients mean you’re energised right down to a cellular level, and you’re able to switch off more easily at night because the body doesn’t believe it needs to remain alert to protect you from the danger.
And the result of all this? Well, you’ll physically feel better so you’ll have more energy, clarity and motivation to:
- Work faster and more efficiently, rather than procrastinating
- Be more focused on the activities that will get you the greatest return on your investment of time, rather than being bogged down with the lower level tasks
- Think and work on a bigger scale, rather than simply doing just enough to get by
And what does this give you?
- More satisfaction
- More enjoyment
- More time to do what you want with the people you want
- More time for yourself
- More shit done
- More Uppy!
Sound good?! So if you truly are serious about wanting to achieve all of your goals and live a happy and fulfilled life at the same time, it is integral that you schedule in regular times to do sweet FA, even if it is just for 10 minutes. I urge you to grab your diary now and start today!