40 Things To Do When You Have Nothing To Do
If something interests you at all, give it a shot. Ken Reynolds did just that:. I decided to be proactive instead of reactive.
Piccles says this is the key to feeling better about your life:. I guarantee there is someone, somewhere that cares about you. Having people around you that legitimately care about you, want to spend time with you, and want to see you succeed, can make a huge difference.
Seek out family, friends, or perhaps even a coworker to chat. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. Get professional help , and keep in mind that checking in on your mental health should be just as essential as checking in on your physical health. Maybe a particular passage from a book or a quote that gives you the jump start you need. Fiona finds strength in a speech:.
Whatever it is that suits you, you need support from time to time. So reach out for something—people, religion, inspiring words—grab it tight, and start to move forward. Something as simple as taking a walk for 25 minutes a day can get you moving and give you a change of pace. Commenter pdxwhy decided to start walking just for some time to think:. I started walking for fitness and then became an enthusiast for race walking.
Doing this allowed me to really think and just be present.
Thanks for your encouragement! Reading your article validates out very concerns. Wonderful article. Nice way of presenting the modern world stress causes and how to mitigate. Thank you Nick Wignall.
Search for:. Worry gives us the illusion of control. Yes, something terrible could happen to you or people you care about in the future. Shit happens.
1. Worrying about the future and other people’s opinions of you
People are jerks. But it will lead to a lot of anxiety. Work to become more aware of your habit of worry. Then question it: Am I productively solving a genuine problem, or doing mental hand wringing? What function does my worry really serve? What benefit does it really give me? Why would you apologize for feeling and expressing sadness? Alder 4. Why is this a lie? Stress management is a Band-Aid.
The stressor is the thing that causes a stress response. Fractured arm? Heart attack? Stop trying to manage your stress and start managing your stressors. Let go of the habit of isolation. Let go of the habit of going with the flow. Let go of the habit of trash-talking yourself. Let go of the habit of stress management. Let go of the habit of engaging all your thoughts. Pin Share Soundar Rajan. Glad it was helpful! You bet, Luann!
I needed to read this right now.
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Thank you! Impressive analysis. Thanks, Chris! Look for new music to listen to. Nothing beats the feeling of finding a new go-to artist. Schedule your month. Why not get ahead? Go for a walk.
a life with meaning: What Would You Do if You Had Nothing to Do?
Getting some fresh air often goes under appreciated. Read a new book. A good book and a cup of tea: a match made in heaven. Call someone that you haven't spoken to in a while. Hearing the voice of someone you haven't spoken to in a while is something you can't pass up. Start making a photo album. Subscribe to our Newsletter Thank you for signing up! Check your inbox for the latest from Odyssey.
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