A Guide to Doing Nothing for People Who Are Really Bad at It

This exercise won’t automatically solve whatever’s wrong (and it’s easier said than done for a lot of us!) but it can prevent you from grabbing your phone to avoid feeling your feelings, Dr. Zucker says. Similar to the guilt advice above, once you’ve identified what you’re struggling with, you may be able to address it—whether […]


How to Make the Most of Your Time Off, Even If Your Family Is Exhausting

This article is part of SELF’s Rest Week, an editorial package dedicated to doing less. If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that taking care of yourself, physically and emotionally, is impossible without genuine downtime. With that in mind, we’ll be publishing articles up until the new year to help you make […]

Food & Nutrition

How to Stock Your Kitchen for a Week of Doing Nothing

“Pairing healthful foods with relaxing surroundings or a beautiful presentation creates a positive association,” Dr. Boseovski says. “It helps to remind you that this week is special.” Consider the following to turn up the special while turning down the stress.  1. Walk through a specialty food market.  Whether you head to an outdoor farmers market […]


6 Ways to Feel Happier With Your Free Time, According to an Expert

If you’re feeling resentful about your lack of downtime, Dr. Holmes says that, instead of focusing on the time you don’t have, aim to spend the time you do have more strategically. Organizing your days to include less of what hampers your happiness, more of what matters, and just enough time to do nothing at […]


What Does It Mean to Truly Rest for Your Health?

“The most striking thing I noticed was from the Garmin Venu 2, which gives stress readings throughout the day based on your heart rate variability (HRV),” she told me recently. “You get short blue bars when you’re calm or at rest, and tall to very tall orange bars when you’re stressed or very stressed. When […]