Life in quarantine can wear on a person, as all of us can now attest. A weekend at home doesn’t seem like a bad idea and one we might even enjoy given the temporary distraction and the chance to slow down.
But an entire month? Or possibly two? It can be emotional torture, testing the limits of even the most introverted among us.
Suddenly having our mobility restricted is a shock to us. We’re social beings and we’re accustomed to coming and going whenever and wherever we want. It’s not our fault. It’s just the way we are. Or were.
Still, we do it because it’s a trade-off most of us have made between boredom and subjecting ourselves to a potentially deadly virus.
Part of the problem with this radical change is that we’ve become so accustomed to being in a state of constant motion and hurriedness that we consider it the norm. If we aren’t, “hustling”, we’re being lazy, or so we’re told.
But now might be the perfect time to rewire our brains to seek some solitude and calmness on a regular basis. And I’m not merely talking about meditation and mindfulness, although both offer much in the way of getting our minds right.
I’m talking more along the lines of embracing some occasional boredom and laziness (for more on this check out my posts, “The Art of the Chill and “Hustle with Balance” at http://www.head2paper.com).
Over the past few years there’s been a trend towards a hustle mentality. Personal development experts everywhere preach the benefits of waking up at 4am, starting the day with an ice-cold shower, and practically shaming us for downtime when we could be, “hustling”, towards our goals.
But what’s missing in all of this are the benefits of doing nothing and emptying our minds of all the clutter. And now more than ever, we should consider embracing this concept that while working hard towards our goals is necessary to achieve them, doing nothing is an essential element that will help us get there.
Lay on the couch, go outside and sit with your morning coffee and take in the surroundings, go for a walk without your phone, and just let your mind wander with no goal in mind other than relaxing.
Now that we’re locked down and forced to slow down, why not embrace this new reality and shut out the noise and the guilt that comes along with the hustle mentality. I think you’ll start to consider it time well spent.