The importance of doing nothing
In order to tap into this DMN, we need to include downtime in our lives. Just looking out of the window on public transport, letting the mind drift from one thought to the next. Holidays provide a refreshing escape and a chance for good sleep. A brief midday nap can improve performance and attention but may not always be practical. Spending more time outdoors – walking in a park, by a river, among trees – regularly getting out into nature. Also, mindfulness has been shown to strengthen the DMN and make the brain more efficient.
So, doing nothing is vitally important because, by allowing mental breaks, you are encouraging the mental processes that allow your brain to learn from the past, consolidate memory and prepare for the future.