In Defence of Laziness

In Defence of Laziness

Being lazy gets a bit of a bad rap sometimes, disproportionately so.

Since when has lying around in bed on a weekend done anyone any harm? Is taking your time over a hot cup of tea, whilst engulfed in the fluffy, billowing comfort of a crisp white duvet really the crime of the century? I think not.

In fact, if you ask me, I think this would do most people a whole lot of good.

But it seems to me that we’re increasingly putting ourselves under pressure to go at 100 miles per hour, 100% of the time. I constantly see people putting themselves down online (myself included) for not being organised enough, for not keeping to an unrealistic schedule, for not socialising enough, or for having taken more than 24 hrs to reply to an email. I feel exhausted just thinking about the list of things I tell myself I should be doing.

The reality being that it’s impossible to do it all.

The result of this pressure we put on ourselves, is that it takes away the enjoyment we experience from taking a day to just be. It turns relaxing into a dirty word and brings with it connotations of laziness and lack of motivation.

Think about it this way. How many times have you taken a lazy day for yourself and labelled this as a moment where you lacked motivation?

I’ve done this more than once.

But do you know what? This point of view massively overlooks the huge benefits that can be derived from taking a few moments peace here and there.

Firstly, spending your Sundays lazing around, rather than filling your diary with unnecessary chores and duties means that you’ll be more refreshed for the week ahead. That Monday to-do list will be easier to conquer and you’ll be an all round more efficient human being. All thanks to that extra bit of shut eye on Sunday morning.

So, rather than looking on relaxing as a bit of an indulgence, we should think of it as a necessity. Laziness isn’t an obstacle to living a successful and productive life, its actually an essential ingredient.

With this in mind, I’m giving myself permission to enjoy being lazy. To make the most of it, to make time for it, and enjoy it.

No more guilt. After all, it’s good for you.

*Disclaimer – the bed linen in this post was gifted to me by Sainsbury’s.

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9 Comments

  1. October 5, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Yep. I totally subscribe to this!! I love being lazy. I’m not naturally lazy by nature, so I definitely have to rein it in everyone in a while and take my time; get out of bed half an hour later. Have a bath for a whole hour.

    And when I do, I definitely feel better for it 🙂 Being lazy is definitely underrated xx

  2. October 5, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    Yes! I’m trying hard to slow down and give myself grace when I have a day of pottering rather than full-steam-ahead-productivity. It makes a difference for sure.

  3. October 5, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    OMG I love this post I so agree we used to be so busy all the time but now make more time for lazy weekends and I live for those days we can just chill out until late into the morning and go for long walks x

  4. October 6, 2017 / 8:13 am

    Yes, yes, yes!!!! You can defend laziness to me all day, every day. My husband doesn’t get it because he loves being active and is always making me feel guilty for wanting some relaxing bedtime on a Sunday morning. I honestly feel so much better and ready to tackle the day when I’ve had a lovely lazy morning. Absolutely gorgeous bedlinen too, by the way.

  5. October 7, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    This is a hard one and something that I know I struggle with. I feel that I need to justify my time not to anyone in particular, more to myself. I don’t know what’s behind that but it means that relaxing, is seen as being ‘lazy’ (in my head). I definitely need to allow myself to chill out a bit more. Starting with tomorrow afternoon! xx

  6. October 9, 2017 / 7:56 am

    I love the light in your bedroom. There’s nothing quite like a lazy morning all cozy with a cup of tea and a book. I always try to book a weekend in the diary like this. I love the bedlinen!

  7. October 9, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Love this Kerry. I’ve had such a busy few weeks and feel like I’m desperately in need of a lazy day. xx

  8. October 9, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Totally agree with you. I have started taking weekends off besides social media like instagram maybe at night to share what we have been up to or ig stories here and there I don’t do blogging, vlogging, emails or anything during the weekend and we take our mornings slow and enjoy every bit of no rushing. I rush way too much. I have become ill because of it. But I am learning how to still get things done but at a slower pace. IT’s not been easy to retrain myself either but I am working on it. I have a similar motivation to do things slower sitting in my inbox hahaha Great minds think alike. #wrc

    • Kerry
      October 10, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      I think that’s a good idea Jenny! I think it’s too easy to underestimate the benefits of taking a bit of time off. Not having a good rest is a recipe for anxiety! xx

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