Can You Do Nothing for Two Minutes?

can you relax and do nothing for two minutes?Can you do nothing for two minutes?

In our stressful and fast-paced world, it’s important to take time to relax every once on a while. This is especially true if you have a demanding job, a home business on the side, a family, along with the many other responsibilities of modern life.

How often have you felt just totally tensed up, rushed, hurried, and pressured during your day? It happens to all of us sometime.

I know there are the exceptional people who are always laid back and seem to function in slow motion, but even they might have fun trying this.

Sometime we just need a short mental break. If you’re used to working and doing at a fast pace, all day long, you might find it really hard to just “do nothing” for two minutes. It sure doesn’t seem like a long time, but it’s amazing how difficult it can be. When you’re in “hyper” mode, two quiet minutes can seem like an eternity.

Go for it – just click the image below then come back and let’s compare notes. Be careful because even moving the mouse just a little bit causes you to fail and the timer resets.


can you relax and do nothing for two minutes?


How did you do? When I first tried this, I thought it would be a total piece of cake. I was thinking, two minutes, that will pass by really quickly. What I discovered is that, at least for me, it takes some focus and concentration to do absolutely nothing but enjoy the waves for those two minutes.

The idea is to learn how to put yourself in a relaxed state, just briefly, to help refresh you both mentally and physically. Once you get the hang of it, it works!

If you’re having trouble making it through the two minutes, here are four stress relief tips you can use to help relax yourself before you try it.

1) Stand up and stretch your arms high over your head – feel the stretch and bend back a bit if you can.

2) Sit quietly and concentrate on your breathing. Take a slow, deep breath and hold it for about six seconds, then let it out slowly for six seconds. Do this four or five times. It helps your blood absorb oxygen and carry it to your brain, which helps you be more alert.

3) Look in a mirror and make really exaggerated faces. Stretch your facial muscles up and down, right and left. This definitely helps relieve tension.

4) Visualize a quiet, relaxing place that you enjoy being. This could be at the beach, at a lake, in the middle of a forest, or wherever you enjoy taking a retreat from the demands and pressures of life.

5) If you have a few minutes, go outside and take a brief walk. Just unwind and let yourself walk away from work for a few minutes. Enjoy the open air and just relax.

I like this “do nothing for two minutes” drill because it is excellent practice for learning how to truly relax. I think that most people think they know how to relax, but put to the test, really don’t. I’ve seen so many people burn out because life becomes all work and no play – don’t let this happen to you.

Get started with relaxing and doing nothing for two minutes every day. You’ll quickly begin noticing the benefits.

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  1. Since I started working, I have never been relaxed. I am so busy working and trying to make a living. yes, sometimes I dream of taking a break but even 2 minutes i dont have time for it. This is great and inspiring post! I will definitely have a minute or 2 to relax, sometimes you think that money is more important than health but you prove me otherwise!

    • Eldon Beard says:

      We can always take a minute or two away, Crescele, the problem sometime is just getting away from all the action just long enough to get that little mental break.

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