Do you ever find yourself so busy you neglect taking time for yourself? You may be caring for a spouse, child, grandchild, pet, or business, and your needs get pushed to the last place. But sometimes, setting aside time for laziness is beneficial for your health and mental state. You don’t have to think about anything important and may find solace simply chilling out.
Being lazy is challenging if you’re the type of person who lives to get things done. You may feel like you’re wasting time by not being productive but in many ways, you’re adding value to your quality of life.
Here are 6 ways to enjoy laziness without guilt
1. Don’t confuse being chronically lazy with taking strategic timeouts
A chronically lazy person is typically not clear about their purpose in life. They may not care what happens to them in the future or even think people are out to get them. Study how dogs take strategic timeouts. They zone out when they need it but are ready for action when it’s time for a walk or the mailman shows up.
2. Laziness has nothing to do with procrastination
Procrastination is a reaction to fear or stress. A procrastinator wants to take action but makes up excuses not to proceed. He or she may be afraid to reach a goal or achieve success and sabotage themselves by procrastinating. Laziness just may mean you need a break because you want to regroup and rest.
3. Take a lazy break to conserve your energy
Even a short moment to yourself will refresh and renew your spirits. Let your thoughts take you where they may. You may come up with a great idea out of the blue.
4. Enjoy the moment like Pooh Bear
Pooh is a creature that lives in the present. He doesn’t let the craziness of life get him down and enjoys his laziness. Here are some of my favorite Pooh quotes.
Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
You may enjoy reading one of my favorite books, The Tao of Pooh! It will give you insights and inspiration on how to live life with simplicity and less stress.
5. Don’t overschedule yourself
As we grow older it’s important to prioritize what’s most important to you and what will make you the happiest. It’s easy to get bogged down by minutia. You don’t have to do everything that’s requested of you and striving for perfection can make you crazy.
6. Welcome spontaneity
Planning has its merits but can also add more stress to your life if you don’t allow time to do something on the spur of the moment. Instead of filling up your calendar with tasks, leave space open to have a leisurely cup of tea, take a walk, or simply close your eyes.
I’m too lazy to write anymore so I’ll end this post.
How do you enjoy laziness? Please leave a comment below.