Is Doing Nothing Good For You?

by laury on January 22, 2013 · 12 comments

Baby it’s coooold outside! Brrrrrrr!

As some of you may know we’ve reached a difficult stage with E and her sleep patterns. We’re working on it and haven’t made consistent progress but I am definitely not giving up. The reason I bring that up is not to complain but more to convey the point that I don’t get as much time for myself at home as I used to. The house isn’t spotless, heck it’s usually a mess. I rarely get to return emails unless it’s from my phone during Ella’s naptime in the car. If you notice a time when I tweet, instagram or update my facebook page those are usually times when I am sitting in my car with an hour or so to kill :/

I’ve been thinking more and more about the concept of doing nothing. Aside from the fact that I really don’t choose to blog as much anymore (don’t want to say I don’t  “have time” it’s that I choose not to do it as much with the time I have). Well, Mike and I do have very little time to ourselves anymore and I choose not to jump on the computer to write or read blogs as much when we have it. But that, again, is not my main purpose of writing this evening.

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I’m one of those people that has to always be doing “something.” I am sure 9 1/2 out of 10 of you reading this can relate. We are in an era of hectic minded people. Everyone is “so busy” “all the time” and no one really even feels comfortable in stillness. I taught another yoga class last Sunday morning, we had a great turnout (10 people!) and a few of them were first timers (some clients from my boot camps). During Savasana I noticed one of my clients eyes wide open looking around, and I looked over and her and motioned her to close her eyes and quite her mind. It reminded me of my first time in Savasana when I pretty much did the same thing. It’s a new and difficult thing to lye there in silence, chasing thoughts out of your mind for those few minutes of peace.

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When I am at home in those rare moments that I get Ella to sleep early enough, or down for a nap IN the house where I don’t have to by lying there in the room with her, I jump at the chance to vacuum, do my dishes, fold laundry, catch up up on emails, plan client workouts, or something else. I can not just be. This is understandable given that these are all things that need to get done. But  what about sitting down, clearing my mind and allowing myself to “be bored” for a moment. I have been trying this more lately and I must say that there is something to it! I will admit that I have used the time where Ella is asleep and I’m “stuck” because she’s lying on me or by me (super light sleeper). Most of the time I am reading, on my phone writing emails, or studying, etc. The last few times  plugged my phone in, my nook was in the bedroom, the TV was off and I just sat there in silence and cleared my mind. Doing so has actually made me more productive when I am doing the things I need to get done. Sitting there, sipping on some tea, or not, and allowing my mind be clear for several moments. It’s made me a calmer, more patient person.

When I teach, even though I am still unsure of some things, I allow myself to fill space with silence and collect my thoughts, remain calm and keep things flowing without anyone noticing if I “mess up.” There really is something to be said about living in the present moment. It takes time and work to quiet our busy minds, but it can be done!

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I truly believe that a lot of our stress and anxiety comes from our “overworked” minds. Everything will get done. When we have “less stress: we will be more effective in doing the things that matter most—and we will be able to enjoy our lives much more!

Homework for you guys: Try to sit for 15 minutes and DO NOTHING! No twitter, no facebook, no texting, reading, TV. Nothing. Be bored. Clear  your mind. Not quite meditation, but it’s a step in the right direction!

Also, anyone that lives in the area I would love to invite you to one of my yoga classes! Sunday mornings and /or Tuesday nights. We got heaters and blocks this week, the space is great too! It’s $10. a class or $5. for you if you bring a friend ($5. for your friend too!) Email me if you’re in the Plymouth Meeting area and I’’ll give more details about the studio Smile 

I wanted to do a whole post on this but not sure if it’s feasible. My friend Jen Fugo Gresh is a having another Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse. I HIGHLY recommend signing up. It’s fantastic and Heather from NibMor is joining her! If you missed my previous posts on sugar addiction check it out and then go consider that investment in your health! It starts Thursday and is almost full!

Talk soon!

-Laury

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1 thehealthyapron January 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I am going to try this tomorrow! I’ve noticed myself more run down lately. I think it’s because I’m not sleeping as long or as well and I’m nursing and I’m busy keeping/being a mom/trying to blog/be a good friend, etc. It’s stressful! I think I can try to dedicate just 15 minutes to ME! I will try to do this tomorrow morning and let you know how I do! Thanks Laury!

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2 laury January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Yes, I hope it worked for you, Erin!

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3 Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner January 23, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I wish I was closer! I would love to take your yoga class!

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4 laury January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

North Jersey isn’t THAT far ;-)

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5 the delicate place January 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm

i am freezing. brb dying. of course doing nothing is good for you! i force myself to do my headspace app almost every night (i am up to 20mins now! you start with just 10 and work up to 20 over a couple months :)

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6 laury January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I need to get that app!

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7 Wendy January 23, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Sorry to hear Ella is having so many problems. You guys are going through a lot! Be sure you stay consistent. if you want to do that same routine, with you sleeping on the floor and all that, do what you need to do, but do that EVERY NIGHT. At some point, she’ll get the idea and will sleep on her own.

One of us does have to lay down with our tot to get her to sleep. But it’s in her bed, And she wakes up in the middle of the night wanting us, but even when she’s been sick, we’ve made her stay in her bed. But we do lay down with her. Baby steps here compared to where we started.

It’ll be a lot easier when Ella’s old enough for a big girl bed and then you can lay in the bed instead of on the floor :) Hang in there!

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8 laury January 28, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thanks for the words of wisdom, Wendy! She is in her daybed but there is NO room for me there..or barely, it kills my neck. WIll be easier when we live in a house where her bedroom isn’t next to the living room :(

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9 Jennie January 25, 2013 at 12:56 am

Hi Laury! I have a quick unrelated question. I know you give Ella hemp milk and I have been planning to do the same as long as our pediatrician agrees for our daughter but I was curious which brand you give her? Seems all contain Carrarageenan. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

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10 laury January 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Shot you an email, but for anyone else wondering the same thing I would recommend Simply Hemp or making your own to avoid carrarageena

http://www.thefitnessdish.com/?p=12270

http://www.thefitnessdish.com/?p=12396

Plan to post about this soon

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11 Lisa January 28, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hi Laury,
Just wanted to say I’m a long time reader and I miss your post. I have a 9 month old and can imagine how tired you must be. Just wanted you to know myself and many others miss your always amazing blog post but of course I totally get it as my blog has also been on hold lately. Hang in there, don’t stress.

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12 laury January 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thank you so much for saying that, Lisa! I really appreciate your comment. And I am sure you know how it is! 9 months is such a great age :-) I hope to get some more posts up soon! I really do miss blogging regularly, but it just hasn’t been a priority. Thank you again, that meant a lot :-)

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