the science behind why people should allow time to just do nothing

People will tell you that “doing nothing” is lazy, but it’s in fact a skill to be learned for a large majority of people, particularly by today’s modern lifestyles. Before we get into this, we aren’t just making all this up to persuade you to head off on one of our luxury UK cabin holidays! It’s really not just a case of stopping as it is fair to say that’s far easier said than done. The idea that learning how to do nothing might be the most essential talent for flourishing in our increasingly hectic and sometimes overindulgent culture is simply crazy, right? Wrong!

Here are four great explanations why:

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Rest, purposelessness, and boredom can increase vision/creativeness

There is valid motive behind why such a large number of renowned authors and artists integrate lengthy walks into their daily routines. A stand out example is the well-studied “incubation effect”: ceasing to focus on a project seems to give your unconscious permission to get to work.

Other studies that delved into the feeling of boredom suggest it stimulates people to find interesting ways of relieving themselves of that feeling – thus generating creative ideas. So this would be ideal for a relaxing glamping break away from the crowds. Furthermore, aimless thought fights the tunnel vision that can be the outcome from fixating on goals.


When you’re doing nothing, you’re not really doing nothing

With the exception of the deceased, you’re not “doing nothing” even if you or others think you’re doing nothing. Essentially, what’s usually intended by the phrase “doing nothing” is doing nothing that is of any use. The term “useful”, sadly, gets defined in ways that don’t always serve our interests. For example, going to work and grafting your butt off to earn more money so that you can buy more things is of use to those selling the things you’re working to buy – but that doesn’t automatically include you.


Excessive efforts at staying busy are counterproductive

The idea that trying hard is productive isn’t always the case. We habitually blur the lines of effort with effectiveness. Doing loads of mundane, trivial tasks will leave you feeling exhausted and virtuous, or so we accept, but we often accept this wrongly. It’s when doing nothing that we finally challenge what matters to us.


The brain depends on downtime

It can be argued that since the industrial revolution, people have been treated as though they were machines, presuming that the only way to get more done is to push ourselves, or indeed others, to keep doing what they are doing for longer. On the contrary, neuroscientists are progressively discovering that our brains are influenced, or rely on downtime. And this doesn’t just cover rest and relaxation- in order to process that data we’re often bombarded with, to consolidate memory and support learning, by reinforcing the neural pathways that make such achievements possible.



If you can relate to these points and you think that taking a vacation can help you to “do nothing” then why not come see the selection of simply amazing glamping accommodation we have to offer you?


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