Why We All Need Lazy Days

14/08/2018 Lifestyle 17

Why We All Need Lazy Days

Recently I had a couple of weeks off work, and whilst I went on some wonderful day trips, I also spent a few days just lounging about, reading books and watching TV. And you know what? I really needed that!

Whilst calling it a ‘lazy day’ makes it sound unproductive, I actually think that those days are essential to our wellbeing, so technically they’re super productive in terms of taking care of ourselves!

So here’s why we all need those lazy days:

  • To rest and wind down.

In our modern society where everyone is sleep deprived, overworked and living in a ‘busier is better’ culture, the one thing I think we could all use is some proper rest. So whether it’s having a lie-in on your day off, or just watching some TV, I think it’s so important to take some time to let your body and mind switch off, and get some much needed downtime!

  • To refuel.

As well as giving you time to properly rest, lazy days give you time to refuel and re-energize, by doing the things you love to do.

Personally I often find myself feeling frustrated by the way I have to squeeze the things I enjoy – such as reading and writing – into tiny increments of time around work, and so it feels so good to spend uninterrupted time doing just that. We spend so much of our lives doing things we have to do, but don’t necessarily want to do, and it can really drag us down. So a nice lazy day spent doing all the things you love can really revitalise you, and leave you feeling more positive.

  • To be alone.

A huge benefit of lazy days for introverts in particular is that they can use them to take some much-needed alone time. Being around people for hours each day at work can really be draining, so a day alone in your pyjamas, watching daytime TV with a bag of Doritos can do you the world of good!

  • To spend proper time with our loved ones.

Alternatively, I think lazy days offer you the chance to spend some real quality time with loved ones. Whilst day trips out are fun and can mean making loads of memories, I sometimes think that the best time you can spend with your family, friends or partner is just having a takeaway and watching a movie.

Why We All Need Lazy Days

 

So do you make time for lazy days every now and then? What do you like to do on your lazy days? What do you think the benefits are?

17 Responses to “Why We All Need Lazy Days”

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    I agree with all of these points. I love lazy days, or just days where I don’t do too much. It’s fun to watch TV with friends or family, or just get lost in a good book. Also, I’m always trying to sleep as much as I can on days off because I get physically sick if I don’t sleep enough.

    -Lauren

    • Laura

      Sleep is a great thing to catch up on during lazy days! I always feel like I don’t get enough sleep throughout the week (I’m usually in work at 6am), so I like to catch up on my days off by having a lie-in.

  2. Pamela

    Most of the time my life is super fast-paced. The week’s not over and I’m already worrying about tasks that need to get done for the next one.

    Refueling is the main reason why I NEED off days. Days where I don’t blog, or do homework, or think about posting on Instagram. I can just read and if I want to just lie in bed listening to music all day (with breaks to eat XD)

    • Laura

      Refuelling is definitely essential! I really enjoy taking those days too where I literally do nothing but read, watch TV and listen to music (and usually eat a lot!) 🙂

  3. Kristina

    I so agree!! ❤️
    Being part time I have so many lazy days 🙈 as of which I use to nap, play my videogame and overall pass the time with the weeins and my boyfriend. I do really need to acknowledge it is needed, I always feel somewhat guilty if I dont atleast read a few blogs or write a post or two .. *aherm* stop it brain!!

    • Laura

      I get that too where I started to feel guilty about not doing blog things on my days off, but sometimes I think we need to take actual days off from everything, just to laze about and read and binge watch TV 🙂

  4. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    I have been having so many lazy days this summer. I think that if a lazy day is not a procrastination day then go for it! During semesters I try to avoid lazy days, since they take away from work time, but when I have no work to do I’m all for them. Quite obviously, I’m one of those people who would rather stay home to relax and read, than go out with a packed schedule.

    • Laura

      I’m exactly the same, in that I much prefer staying in and relaxing over having a hugely packed schedule!
      I definitely used to do that too though back when I was at university, where I would try and not take lazy days during term time, and save it for the holidays. Once I get into lazy mode I find it tough to get back into work mode, so it was never a good idea to take too much time to relax when I had essays and coursework due! 🙂

  5. Gayathri

    While I agree with all these, I usually take a lot of holidays from blogging due to the dreaded reading / writing / blogging slump. Hate them but they are indispensible.

    • Laura

      I think sometimes when you’re in a slump it’s best just to go with it and take some time out to relax. I’ve definitely done that before too!

  6. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    You’ve made me want to have a proper lazy day now and I don’t think I’ll be able to have one until mid-September which just makes me sad. I agree, sometimes a day for yourself is exactly what you need. With how crazy hectic life can get it’s important to just relax every once in a while and not give yourself a guilt trip over it. I am bookmarking this post as I have a friend who most definitely needs to read it as she never gives herself a break.

    • Laura

      Aww, I’m sorry it’s going to be so long until you can have a proper lazy day! I hope you enjoy it though!
      That’s so true that we all need to stop guilt tripping ourselves! We all deserve a break, and I think it’s something we all need for our wellbeing.
      I really hope your friend gives herself a break!

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