The Joy of Doing Nothing – Ethical Advent Day 24

Christmas Eve is upon us, and the traditional plans (whatever they may be, and however you choose to celebrate) for many have been changed. It may be a quieter, less sociable Christmas for many of us, and I just want to make the statement that you won’t hear from many places – it’s OK to enjoy doing nothing – and by nothing, I mean resting and relaxing, and doing the things you enjoy. The things that society and the need to be “busy” may stop us from doing, or make us feel guilty for enjoying.

Perhaps you like creating art for enjoyment – not for sale. Maybe you love nothing better than binge watching an entire series on Netflix. Are you an avid reader, who never usually gets a moment of “Me Time” over the holidays? Or are you and your loved ones into gaming – be it a console gaming session, or gathered around a board.

You don’t have to have the holidays all planned out. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same as every other year. And you don’t have to be busy or productive. Just take joy from doing nothing – and from taking entertainment from the things you love. After all this year has thrown at us, don’t feel guilty for taking rest.

Last year, I spent 2 weeks solid without leaving the house, over the Christmas period. Little did I know I was in preparation for lockdown, but I did not regret a moment of it. With warm snuggly heating, and candles lit, it’s the perfect weather to hide away from. And that’s a real moment to be grateful for just there – because there are many this year who sadly don’t have a home to snuggle in.

You can also take the opportunity for some pamper time, give yourself an hour or two for a yoga class online, go for a walk, and spend some mindful moments of pure silence and peace. There’ll be time for doing again after Christmas. Until then, just give yourself permission to rest.

So, I’ve reached the end of my Ethical Advent, which I hope you’ve really enjoyed. All that’s left is to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. For those who don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you all the very best of the winter season, and enjoyment as the days get longer.

I’d like to thank everyone who joined me to create some wonderful guest posts. Thanks to Rebecca, Emilia, Sophie, Lynz and Martin.

Let’s hope 2021 brings more positivity for us all.

Thanks for joining me for this series! I’ll be taking a much needed break, to do nothing. See you in the New Year!

Merry Christmas!

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