Weekly #5 – The Art Of Doing Nothing

A few ways of doing nothing and reducing stress in your life.

Meditation

The maybe most popular and known art of doing nothing is meditation. With meditation, you are focussing on your mind, so that you are disconnecting from the world around you. You are getting yourself into a state of calm and focus, that is relieving stress. In the beginning, you maybe think that it's not worth it. And yes, you will not see instant results. Meditating is a progressive process of learning and getting better. But as soon you are getting better and better you will notice a lot of differences. You become calmer and have less stress. If you want to learn how to meditate and you are still a beginner, check out the following starting steps & tips:

10 easy steps to learn meditation

  1. Start slowly

  2. Focus on your breath

  3. Built a habit

  4. You can't do anything wrong

  5. Develop awareness of yourself

  6. Love yourself

  7. Be curious

  8. Watch your thoughts

  9. Try different meditation methods/classes

  10. Use tools like apps, music, books to get better

Top 3 meditation apps

  • Headspace - Meditation & features for a good & healthy sleep.

  • Calm - The market leader, is made for beginners and intermediates.

  • Insight Timer - Lots of value for not much money.

Nature

A powerful way to get some stress away from you. Go for a walk, on your bike, or go for a run. Leave your phone at home. We want no distractions. Seek out unoccupied paths where you are alone and just be with you. Maybe you know a perfect spot in the mountains, where you can just be with yourself and have a seat. Let the sunshine on your face and body and just relax. Think about nothing and just rest. Maybe if you are alone you can also try to meditate. Tips on that above in this article.

Relaxation & Sleep

Sleep is probably the most underrated human activity. Most people think good sleep isn't important. But the opposite is the case. A night of good sleep is important for good health. Your body will be thankful for it. Following are a few true facts you should know:

  • The need for sleep varies according to your age

  • Sleeping on the side is the best sleeping position

  • In each night humans are going through 4 stages of sleep

  • The most common sleep disorder is insomnia

  • Your diet can affect your sleep

  • Snoring is more than just a minor nuisance, visit your doctor for a check-up

  • Sleeping apps like Headspace or Calm can help you to get a better sleep

  • Track your sleep with a sleep tracker to improve

  • Optimal sleeping conditions are a must (temperature, bed, pillow, and blanket...)

As you can see now, there are a lot of ways to do nothing. Just to be with your mind and fade out of the outer world. Comment below if you have any questions or experiences with doing nothing.


Weekly Inspiration

A collection of my favorite websites & products of this week.

Pluto App – Stunning website you should check out!

A.L – Very simple, but still so significant!

Pine – Like the use of auto-playing video content here.


This Weeks Insight

It’s absolutely crazy what robots already can do. This blow my mind!


Cool Things

A list of links to tools, products, articles I think are worth a look at.

Video Ask – Cool way of interacting via video with your audience

Coda – Platform for creating, editing & sharing documents with your team

Circle – Create a community with your discussions, memberships, and content

Ontraport – Grow & automate your marketing & sales

Firstbase – Launch a company in the United States, from anywhere


I hope you enjoyed this week’s newsletter. If you have any suggestions on new topics or questions, just get in touch with me on Twitter @cedric_design. 💬

Sincerely,
Cédric