Surprise! Being Lazy Can Be Healthy For You
August 10 is National Lazy Day. Why? Whoever began the tradition was too lazy to document its history. Nevertheless, the National Holiday does exist and it’s a wonderful opportunity for all of us to take a step back from the busyness of our lives and just be in the moment.
To get ahead in today’s society, it may seem that one has to be constantly moving or doing. And while there may be some truth to that, it is also true that enjoying the fruits of our labor is best felt with a healthy body, mind, and soul. Like everything, there is a balance, so apart from being lazy to the point of it being detrimental to our lives, relationships and careers, taking time for ourselves to be lazy or rest helps us improve our health on all levels.
So, if you’re the type of person who may feel guilty about being lazy, keep in mind that it may actually be good for you in the long run. Here are a few surprising ways how.
Sure it seems like a no-brainer. If you don’t have anything you have to do, what is there to be stressed or worried about? But it’s amazing how often we forget this. Even if we’re already busy, it’s tempting to say yes to that additional favor or volunteer for that new project at work. However, it is ok to say no regardless of if that task will add additional, unnecessary stress to our lives.
Allows Time to Find a Better Solution
Have you ever been so stressed about making a decision that you decide on something that you’re not even sure you want simply because you didn’t want to have the responsibility of choosing an option over your head? We’ve all been there. What may not be as common is the experience of waiting and having an even better third or fourth solution arise out of nowhere. But it does happen. So, if that decision doesn’t have to be made right now, don’t make it. Take some time and ask for guidance to come to you. If nothing new does appear, make the same decision you would have before you gave it some thought, and you’ve lost nothing.
Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the force of our blood continuously pushes against our blood vessels at too high of levels. Stress is one of the leading causes of Hypertension according to the Mayo Clinic. They go on to say that one of the leading ways to lower your blood pressure is to reduce stress. They suggest to, “Take time each day to sit quietly and breathe deeply. Make time for enjoyable activities or hobbies in your schedule, such as taking a walk, cooking or volunteering,” which sounds a lot like, “Be lazy for a little bit each day."
Resets Our Brain
Our brains are constantly working, whether thoughts, worries, and to-dos are running through our mind or not. They’ve got an encyclopedia’s worth of involuntary tasks that they are responsible for running at all hours of the day. Allowing for time in which we quiet our active minds gives our brains much needed rest and a better ability to handle everything else.
Relaxes Our Body
Just like our brains, our bodies are constantly going and going. Our stress and our worry live in our bodies, whether it be in our stomachs, our muscles, or our hearts. Taking the time to relax and just be allows for a nice rest, allowing our bodies to recharge.
We’ve all had the experience of having trouble falling asleep. We lay in bed, close our eyes, and suddenly, our minds are wide awake. Often times this is because it’s the first moment of the day in which we’ve allowed our minds to take a break and rest. Creating space for ourselves to do this during the day, before we go to bed, assists us in falling asleep more quickly and sleeping more deeply.
The best relationships are often those in which both people show up equally and support each other. However, some people insist on doing everything for themselves. And while it’s good to know that you can take care of yourself, it’s equally good to show yourself that you are worthy of being taken care of. So the next time you go out to do a task you insist only you can do, allow someone else to do it for you. Also, it brings people joy to help those whom they love.
Arguably one of the most beneficial forms of being lazy is sitting and not doing anything. It gives our bodies rest and our minds space to wander. Often times this leads to day-dreaming or future fantasy, which is an absolute playground for creativity and imagination to run wild.
Quick Tips for Being Lazy
Do you find it difficult to be lazy? Are you a person who doesn’t seem to feel comfortable unless you are getting something done? Are you struggling with where to begin? No fret, below are a few ways you can try your hand at being lazy. Give one a shot, or do something else that you would normally call others lazy for doing or not doing.
- Do the dishes tomorrow.
- Lay in the grass and watch the clouds go by.
- Binge-watch a TV show.
- Turn off your cell phone for a couple hours, or the whole day.
- Take a nap.
- Order delivery or take out rather than cook.
- Get a massage.
- Read a book purely for entertainment.
- Pay a neighborhood kid to clean out those gutters.
- Take out a paper and a pen. Do a mind dump of all the things you know need to get done within about a week or so. Now, don’t do any of them. (At least for a little while).
However you celebrate... or don’t... we here at David Couper Consulting wish you a magnificently lazy day!
Melissa Schoenecker is a freelance writer and co-creator of the universe based in Venice, California. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master's Degree from the University of Santa Monica. She contributes to a number of blogs and online postings, but her best work can be found in her gratitude journal.