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.
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?