I is for Idle: mindfulness in nature
Being idle in nature in good for your mental wellbeing, so slow down and be unproductive for a while
How is idling good for your physical and mental health?
Don’t be pushed around by FOMO (fear of missing out) on social media – or rushed by absurd modern demands on our time.
Dawdling, day dreaming and walking without a clear destination is wonderfully liberating.
Giving a bit of time to ourselves to mooch and peruse is proven to reduce stress and improve self esteem as you take control of your time. Try not to set a time limit or a hard target on your next walk; linger over that second cup of tea in the café; gaze into a stream for that extra hour; and simply sit in the garden rather than fussing over weeds and watering.
Idling – being less demanding on yourself and blocking out the endless voices telling you to be active and more productive – takes a bit of practice but is an act of gentle rebellion.
Go on: slack off, drift a little, be idle.
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