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What's So Great About Doing Nothing?

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What’s so great about doing nothing?

Let me tell you… EVERYTHING!

We live in a go go go society with a must be producing all the time attitude.  This is killing us. Why? Because human beings aren’t meant to produce 24/7. There’s a reason it gets dark at night. We need to sleep in order to rejuvenate for the next day. It’s in our basic make-up. How productive are exhausted and burnt out people? Not very.

Doing nothing at times is the antidote to doing everything all the time.

Every up needs a down.

Every on needs an off.

What makes up “doing nothing”?

You get to decide.  Anything that when you are finished helps you feel more relaxed, less tense, more rested, or rejuvenated. You have a sense of “aaaahhhhh”.

It could be:

  • napping
  • reading
  • watching nature
  • taking a walk
  • watching a movie
  • meditating
  • getting a massage
  • going out to eat
  • goofing off with friends
  • Add your own "do nothing" thing

This is a short list but you get the point.

You need balance. 

Doing nothing can get you there.

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~ Susan

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What to do when you get tired?

This simple question has a simple answer. 

You rest.

Yep. That’s it.

You need to know what real resting means for you. Resting your mind. Resting your body. Resting your soul.

Is it a walk in nature?

Sitting by a lake?

Reading?

Sleeping?

Being alone?

Watching the clouds go by?

Of course you’ve heard it before. We’re human beings not human doings. You must rest in order to do.

Resting brings refreshment, rejuvenation, relaxation, space to breathe. 

The world will be there when you return. 

Your to-do list will be there when you return. 

Most importantly, you will be there when you return. 

Tired?

Rest.

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~ Susan

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Busy is a 4 Letter Word

                                            Are you a busy bee?

                                          Are you a busy bee?

Are you busy? Are your friends busy? Is anyone not busy?

Are you tired of being busy?

Being busy equals productivity for many of us. I know that’s what I learned from an early age. If I lollygagged around, I wasn’t being productive, wasn’t getting things done, I was lazy. And of course, lazy is a four letter word to many.

I was quite busy the past couple of weeks working my part-time job at REI. We had our members reward sale for 17 days. Near the end I came home one night, plopped on the couch, and fell asleep watching tv before 8 o’clock. Too busy equals tired. Now I really love my job, the people I work with, and the people I help. Sometimes we are too busy.

The antidote to too busy is whatever you need to rest and rejuvenate. Maybe it’s more sleep, less on your to-do list for a few days, a walk outside. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as when you do it, you feel more like yourself again, more relaxed, less stressed. 

You do not have to be so busy. Busy is a choice. Of course there will always be times in life when you might be busier than you’d like. This doesn’t have to beyour experience 24/7.

But people will tell me, there is SO much to do. So much that has to get done. And I challenge them on it. You are the one in charge of your life. You decide what’s on your to-do list today. You also decide what isn’t. 

Your life will never be what you want it to be until you stop B-U-S-Y. If you want more time, energy, and freedom, you must start saying no. It’s that simple. No doesn’t have to mean never, though it might. It could also just be no right now. 

Busy isn’t going to win you awards, it isn’t going to make you happy, it isn’t going to help you get it all done. 

Don’t let busy be your friend, because she isn’t. She will drag you down every damn time. 

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~ Susan

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These are Darker Days

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No matter what you may be thinking I’m talking about with the title above, I’m literally talking about the shorter days we are experiencing in the Northern Hemisphere.

Until December 21st, the days will get shorter, and the decrease in light will affect many of us in numerous ways. A few years back I created a fun little PDF called How to Thrive During the Darker Days of Winter. Because after the solstice it’s not like all of our glorious light is going to return in one short week. No, it may take several weeks before you notice there is enough light to help you feel more like yourself again.

So I’m sharing my PDF with you again here, in case you need a little help getting through the next several weeks.

Let me know what you think.

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If you found this helpful, let me know. I’d love to hear from you, susan@susancarrollcoaching.com

~ Susan

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Powering Off

My most fantabulous yoga instructor has a cool little portable bluetooth speaker that she uses for music in our yoga class. When class is over and she turns it off, it has a female voice that comes booming out that says, “Powering Off”. And with just those two words, this post was inspired.

How often do you Power Off? I mean really, truly, decidedly, meaningfully Power Off?

The kind of Powering Off where you take away as many distractions as you can from your life, hopefully all. Phone off, tv off, radio off, away from people, traffic, noise. I mean a REAL Power Off.

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We are inundated constantly with information coming at us full blast all day long through all of our senses. Requests from other people, horns honking, radio, the internet, anything having to do with the U.S. election coverage, the list is absolutely endless. It is non-stop and will continue to be that way.

And we are not designed to keep up with it all. To be ON all the time. It isn’t healthy for our minds, our hearts, or our souls. In fact, it poisons us. The stress level most people face on a constant daily basis is a huge contributing part to many of the illnesses and disease millions of people have in this country. Disease and illness do not overcome healthy immune systems. Healthy immune systems can easily fight off the crud that comes in.

But that has to be a conscientious decision on your part to decide what you let in. You, and only you have the power to decide that. There are countless studies that show constantly running on the hamster wheel of life without Powering Off does not help you get more done faster. It only wears you out, diminishes your immune system, and invites illness in.

You must choose to Power Off on a regular basis. I don’t care if it’s 10 minutes if that’s all you can spare today, 3 hours this week, or a maybe it’s time every day you schedule. If you actually want a life that feels good to you, you must stop making excuses and choose what you know to be right for you. And I can almost assure you that Powering Off regularly is one of those essentials. It’s your life. Your time. Make it matter.

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If you found this helpful, let me know. I’d love to hear from you, susan@susancarrollcoaching.com

~ Susan

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Spending Time Alone

Spending time alone has shown up in my life twice in one week. My Simple Abundance book mentioned the importance of it and so did my kick ass yoga instructor Ruth Ann when she shared a reading both at the beginning and end of our class. So I thought I’d make it three times and share it with you. Spending time with you and only you is so very important. Maybe it’s because I’m an only child and spent so much time with just myself when I was young that I got really comfortable with it. And to this day I can spend hours, days, and probably even weeks alone without any problem.

We humans are social creatures, yes. And we need to spend time with each other for work, for recreation, for connection. Our relationships with each other are vital to a life filled with meaning.

But then there are the in-between-spaces. The time where maybe we aren’t working on a project for our job, or enjoying down time with friends and family. It’s the space of alone time where it’s just you. And I don’t mean you reading a book, I mean just you and your mind, you and your life.

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It’s such a sacred space. Or should be. It’s the time where you are with yourself to think about what you want or need to think about. When you feel your emotions. When you dream big or small dreams. When you give gratitude for what you love about your life. And gripe about what you don’t. When you cry for what seems like an earth being destroyed, and feel your heart swell when you see the geese fly above you. It’s time where you try to let go of nagging things from the past, and make optimistic plans for the future. It’s when your soul might actually have your full attention to speak to you and you may even be able to hear it.

And maybe, just maybe, you find peace. Quiet. Stillness. Bliss.

But I dare say, you must spend sacred, quality time alone to find out.

Doing that this week might nurture your life. Give it a try. You might just love it and make sure it happens on a regular basis. I hope you do.

Leave a comment on the blog below if you’d like.

If you think, “I know one friend who would really like this”, please forward it to them.

If you found this helpful, let me know. I’d love to hear from you, susan@susancarrollcoaching.com

~ Susan

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