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How can I help you Thrive?  I'm Ellen Leonard, a huge nerd using my expertise in Ayurveda, Yoga, Positive Psychology, Stress Management and Health Coaching to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.  Be happier, be healthier.

Give yourself permission to do nothing


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Give yourself permission to do nothing

Ellen Leonard


I find it incredibly challenging to give myself permission to relax.  As a business owner, I am constantly working.  Or thinking about work.  Or feeling guilty for not working when I’m doing anything that isn’t work.

Last week I was lucky enough to take some time off and visit a friend.  However, before I left, I couldn't help being filled with a sense of dread that I would not be getting enough work done. I knew I would have fun, relax, and recharge, but I find it extremely challenging to do these important things.

Consider the following ideas
for incorporating more
‘not work’
into your life:

1.  Schedule the things you enjoy with the same commitment that you schedule a business appointment.

When did I decide that having fun was less important than work? 
When did I decide that seeing my friends or relaxing was not important at all? 

CEO’s make time to do nothing tooCheck out this article about LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.  He schedules time to do nothing every day.  If he can do it, then so can I. 

2.  Set a goal. 

I set goals all of the time for my business, for my health, for projects around the house…so now I set goals for taking time off, for not working, and giving myself time to do nothing. 

3.  Mindfulness Meditation

While meditation isn’t technically ‘doing nothing,’ it doesn’t involve me working or thinking about work.  As this article discusses, meditation has been proven to help reduce stress, improve resilience, and increase immunity.  Mindfulness meditations are not only a great way for me to sit still and ‘do nothing,’ they are a way for me to secretly multi-task and be healthier overall.  

4.  Make a list of what’s really important

It’s so easy to get caught up in the craziness of life – work, social media, television, work.  I’ve made a list of the things that really matter to me.  And what’s funny is work isn’t on it!  It’s a list of people.  But I spend the majority of my time working.  I struggle with this obvious disconnect, but I’m working on it.  I look at my list, and I remind myself that it’s ok.

So, did I just write an entire blog post to convince myself that it’s ok to take some time off and enjoy myself?  Yes! I totally did!  But that’s ok.  If I needed the pep talk, then maybe you did as well.

I give myself permission to do nothing today.

I give you permission to do nothing today.

Now, let’s go forth and be awesome!


Some additional benefits to doing nothing: here