Sometimes It's Perfectly Okay to do Nothing

Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like a glob of goo? One of those days where any type of movement feels like your ultimate nemesis & the thought of chipping away at your growing list of errands gives you the heebie-jeebies? That's how I feel today & that's okay. Sometimes it's perfectly acceptable to do nothing.

Today I am feeling a bit sickly & sore, which I might add is not the norm; I rarely get sick & albeit I'm not very ill. However, my nose perpetually runs, creating a red & raw itchy patch. My jaw is aching from my oral surgery procedure yesterday, so I'm stuck slurping down liquid foods. Here I am sipping on a now lukewarm mug of Earl Grey tea with a splash of almond milk. Apparently hot food or drink are not good for my stitches. (If you add me on Snapchat (carmenvarner), you could have seen me lisping & drooling post-surgery!)

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I have a pile of crumpled tissues & a half drank glass of water by my side, while I permanently apply lip balm to my cracked lips — a byproduct of yesterday's surgery. I'm lying in bed with laptop in my lap (so that's why it's called that...) watching Whitney Houston powerfully belt out the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, which somehow led to my watching Mariah Carey's live performances circa 1995, which promptly guided me to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."

Then I remembered I had yet to watch the finale of Project Runway: Junior, which eventually influenced this post. I realized that in the midst of our busy bee lives, we really have to take a moment to rest & relax & just enjoy the little things. There will always be a list of things we have to get done & priorities we have to switch around. Sometimes we need that moment of pure nothingness, complete & utterly void of productivity, to feel our best. That's where I'm at right now.

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Let this be a public service announcement to say: sometimes it's perfectly okay to do nothing. There's no need to feel guilty about sleeping in on the weekend or taking a moment to heal your mind, body, & soul. Think of it as an investment. If you take a moment to repair yourself, you'll be much more constructive when the time for action comes.

Join me today & this weekend in watching the gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic, endlessly browsing videos of puppies learning to howl, & drinking cups of tea to make ourselves feel better. This is our temporary bliss.

How do you like to do nothing? What's your favorite movie to watch when you're feeling under the weather? :]

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79 comments

  1. I absolutely love spending the day on the couch watching Netflix or Disney movies! Nothing else fixes things quite as well haha. Feel betterrrr!

    Elainea
    Toast the Girl Almighty

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  2. I have the exact same feeling today, I've done nothing! I like to binge watch Disney films on days when I stay in :)

    - Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

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  3. Off topic: but if those are your bed sheets I love them! On topic: I completely agree! There's nothing better than taking a day to just chill out. I hope you feel better and recover soon! That's how I felt when I got my wisdom teeth removed... living off Jello for a few days!

    www.lindseyginge.com

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  4. Aw, hope you feel better! I like to watch chick flicks when I am under the weather. One of my favorites right now is Love, Rosie. Let me know if you ever watch it!

    Melanie | The Mel Division

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  5. I hope your pain goes quickly! When I'm feeling blue I like to have a shower or bath, listen to music and just watch videos or cuddle my cat while drinking tea. Sometimes just having a nap helps too!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  6. I hope you feel better! :)
    When I feel like crap I like to go for long baths & I mean loooong and have music playing in the background with a book, it always makes me feel better.

    Kerri - http://lsbyx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Hope you are doing well from the surgery! It is always good to take some time for one :)

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  8. Feel better soon Carmen! When I am a bit down a love a bit of Eat, Pray, Love. It always makes me feel positive. And I can't agree more that it is definitely ok to do nothing every now and then. I'd say it's actually necessary to do nothing for a little bit every day.

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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  9. i need to get a few teeth pulled out, this scared me even more hahaha
    hope you feel better soon!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  10. I agree 100% with this post! We are all always so busy that sometimes we need to just take a step back, sit down and 'be.' I'm a huge advocate for this, we all need some me time now and again! Hope you feel better soon Carmen!

    Musings & More

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  11. I hope you feel better, girl! And days with nothing to do are just THE BEST! I spend my days off reading, napping, singing - pretty much anything that doesn't require me to leave the house.

    Jasmine | The Sixth Disney Princess

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  12. I hope you feel better soon! I'm all about relaxing and reading and burning a candle when I hang out at home!

    Mary Kate
    www.mynewchicagolife.com

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  13. I hope ur better soon! And yes it's ok we can have day offs and not just on the weekend!
    Thestyletune.com

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  14. Disney movies sound like a great idea. :]

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  15. Good idea. Any Disney film in particular? :]

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  16. Doing nothing is the biggest challenge for me! I find it very difficult to relax and take time out. And staying off the phone for a few hours is just inconceivable for me.

    www.luxessed.com

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  17. Yes, it's my bedspread. Definitely chilling out this weekend. :]

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  18. You have any other chick flick recommendations? I haven't watched Love, Rosie! :]

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  19. Sounds like you need to get a cat. :]

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  20. Hmmm looks like a long bath is in my near future. :]

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  21. Thank you. I'm feeling much better each day. :]

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  22. Do you watch the movie or read the book? :]

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  23. I got my wisdom teeth removed about three years ago. This gingivectomy surgery is actually a complication of that surgery. Don't let it scare you though. :]]]

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  24. Rest is so important. Thanks for your kind words, Emily. :]

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  25. Reading, napping, & singing sounds amazing. :]

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  26. Oooh burning a candle is a great idea!! :]

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  27. That's very true. A day off doesn't have to be only on the weekend. :]

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  28. I hope you're feeling better soon...I love to take a day every now and then to recharge my batteries and feel better :)

    X

    Anjelique

    http://www.anjelique.com.au | snapchat: anjeliquetv

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  29. I totally had one of those days today. We got snowed in (or iced in, rather) and I literally did not leave the couch all day. I also just had a glass of wine in bed. No shame.
    Hope you start feeling better!
    Sweet Horizon

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  30. That's crazy. It's so important to spend some time, if not daily then weekly, to unwind. :]

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  31. You & me both. Well, today did some grocery shopping & meal prep. :]

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  32. It really is so important to remember the little things. Hope you feel better!

    Via Sora

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  33. oh my, hope you feel better dear! I feel like a glob of goo pretty much every Sunday haha, and I'm totally okay with it! And I wish I could have more days to do nothing, since the week days usually are so long..

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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  34. This is really cool dear..spending sometime for oneself is always great and relaxing..

    http://www.colossalcloset.in/taandav-movie-review/

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  35. I hope you'll be better soon! Kiss.

    Camy xx

    www.osiarah.com

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  36. I'm also extremely sick!! I have pretty spent 99% of my day in bed watching Lost and eating m&m's. :) Lovely post!!

    Kathy xx
    www.alongcamekathy.blogspot.com

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  37. Hope you are all better! You can never go wrong with Titanic xx :P -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

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  38. I am so sorry sweetheart, get well soon. We all have those days when we just wanna laze around in our pjs and do nothing and that's totally me today.
    www.fashionstylemogul.com

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  39. I totally stand by you on this. Lately I've been so run down but powered through the long working week and then had so many things to do of a weekend I couldn't take a break. This Saturday however was completely free so I decided to make me time a priority. I'm not saying I didn't do anything because I did.. I watched 6 episodes of Ru Paul's Drag Race, filed and painted my nails and drank copious amounts of tea :)

    ox Lucy // theonewithlucy.blogspot.com

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  40. Oh gosh, I already spent a lot of time doing nothing; no need to remind me ;P // Get well soon! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  41. I hope you will feel better soon
    Alexandra xx
    http://littlefrenchblog.blogspot.fr

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  42. I watch the film. I've seen it a few times already :) x

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  43. I have those days, sometimes it's good to feel unproductive.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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  44. Ahh so refreshing to hear this from someone. It really is okay to do nothing for a few days without the guilt!

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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  45. I hope you're alright, Carmen, and I wish you all the best in recovery. As someone who always has an unending pile on her plate, learning to take a step back and enjoy some good quality rest has definitely been the light of everything. In an age where work is the norm, it's wonderful that we're being reminded that it's okay to take a break.

    Thank you for sharing, Carmen! x

    May | THE MAYDEN | bloglovin'

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  46. Totally agree!! Love this post

    Have a fabulous Tuesday Doll! Kisses,

    BLOG | TAISLANY

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  47. My favorite way to do nothing is to snuggle up with my pup on the couch and read a good book, or binge watch a good show like The X-Files. If I'm sick, however, my go-to movie is Breakfast at Tiffany's. Always seems to get me better!

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  48. definitely ok to do nothing, especially when your feeling rubbish. hope your feeling better now

    Lauren

    livinginaboxx
    | bloglovin

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  49. This post is spot-on! I tend to beat myself up for having lazy days to the point I was working every day, which drove me to exhaustion. My immune system went crazy and I ended up being really ill for two weeks.
    Now I make sure that I have at least one lazy day a week or at least a lazy night after work, and I feel so much better for it!

    I love watching chic flicks when I'm down - especially Legally Blonde or Bridesmaids!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

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  50. I hope you are feeling better now. Everyone needs an off day now and again without feeling guilty.

    Love, Eline | www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com

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  51. Yeah, I find myself feeling like I want to do nothing sometimes. During such lazy days, I just lie in bed and watch modern family or friends.
    wendeeisaacs.com

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  52. Totally get those days! When I feel like that I just lie in bed and read with a cup of tea.

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  53. Oh I have days like this all the time where I just feel like I need to do nothing and just recuperate, but always feel so guilty about doing it and thinking that there are other things I should be doing with my time. Hope you're feeling better :) xx

    eat-sleep-breathe-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. Awww poor you babe, hope you are feeling much better! You are so right, it's perfect fine and actually recommended to allow yourself to have those kind of days. I had one on Monday and it was a complete waste of a day and my free time but I needed the down low key time <3
    It gave me such a boost next day & for the rest of the week.
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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  55. Mademoiselle CoconathFebruary 18, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    I agree, totally fine to spend some days doing nothing. :)

    xx

    Mademoiselle Coconath

    http://mllecoconath.com

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  56. Haha totally agree! I am a full time student with a demanding part time job, so I relax and do nothing whenever I'm not occupied with either of those things.

    P.S. I love the layout of your blog!

    http://krustydonut.blogspot.com/

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  57. Totally agree with this post! Hope you're felling better :)

    tyanalois.blogspot.com

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  58. I think I do nothing a little too often, but you're right - there's absolutely nothing wrong with it!
    I hope you feel better real soon. <3

    Minaali
    The Snap Narrative

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  59. Glob of goo weekends. I love them! :]

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  60. That sounds like a marvelous combination! :]

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  61. Yes, Titanic is the perfect sick movie! :]

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  62. It's vital to just rest sometimes. Stress doesn't help any. 6 episodes is a good amount. Maybe this weekend you can make it 10. :]

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  63. Yes. Guilt free rest days should be a thing! :]

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  64. Thanks May. My stitches are coming out & it's not the most pleasant, but I'm almost healed. Rest is simply necessary in this concrete jungle we live in. :]

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  65. X-Files! Yes. Have you caught up on the latest season/mini series? :]

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  66. Stress will do that to you, causing more illness & fatigue. Hopefully we can always carve out the time to just 'be.' :]

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  67. We shouldn't feel guilty, especially it a rest day is a rarity. :]

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  68. Great point, Nadia. That (necessary) rest day can actually end up benefiting our productivity for the week. :]

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  69. Thank you for the compliment, Kristi. I know how it feels. My worst year in university had me juggling being a full time student with a part time job & a part time internship. Those moments of rest are welcomed & needed. :]

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  70. As a student, it's my job to do nothing most of the time. When you think about it, doing nothing is what got me to start my own travel blog http://www.inshanetraveler.com . Moral of the sotry do nothing more often. :)

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  71. Love this topic! I'm a self confessed introvert and just love spending time on my own to recharge from time to time. Sipping a cup of fine tea doing yoga in a candle-lit room are just some of things I do when I feel under the weather (or when the weather outside is actually yikey!). Self care time is totally underrated I feel :) Cheers for sharing.
    x Juliet
    http://lacenruffles.com/

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  72. This is so true. Sometimes I have whole days odd to relax but spend the whole time feeling guilty about it that I isn't even that relaxing. Great PDA - also I haven't had almond milk in my Earl Grey but obviously need to try that immediately,...

    So glad I found your blog

    http://www.rosycandlin.com

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  73. I'm a huge advocate for taking days for yourself! I definitely agree that taking a day for yourself is an investment. I usually find that when I take a day for myself I'm more productive because I've taken the time to replenish my energy and balance things out! This is one of those things people need to hear more often!! :)

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  74. I love reading when I want to relax myself!

    xx
    www.cherry-mag.com

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