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.