7 Reasons Why You Should Allow Yourself to Have a Lazy Day

7 Reasons Why You Should Allow Yourself to Have a Lazy Day

If you’re someone who feels like they’re always going, going, going, you’re not alone! In today’s world, especially here in the U.S., it’s easy to feel tempted to always be working nonstop and never take a break, but even on-the-go gals really do need a little R&R every now and again. In fact, it may even help you come back more refreshed than ever!

From putting on some comfy loungewear to making some time for self-care, here are seven reasons why you should allow yourself to have a lazy day—plus, some tips for making yours soothing and special.

Give yourself some time to relax and unwind.

If you fill your day with activities, you may make yourself exhausted by skipping out on time to rest and reset. A lazy day might feel like you’re wasting time, but there’s a lot of value in using that time to recharge. It’ll give your body and your mind a bit of a chance to reset, and planning a lazy day in advance helps you avoid waiting until you’re simply too tired to function.

You’ll be able to engage in a little bit of self-care.

When you’re always working hard, going from work to school to other obligations, it can be really exhausting! Burnout is real, and so it’s important to take care of yourself to avoid it. It might seem a little weird to schedule self-care, but it’s something that we forget to make time for all too often.

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You get to cozy up in your comfiest loungewear.

One of the best excuses to have a lazy day is that you can snuggle up in your coziest outfits. From cute sweaters to comfy loungewear sets to hanging around in your pajamas all day, enjoy a day without the pressure of having to put together a fancy outfit for a big event or important presentation at work. Don’t forget a to wear a pair of fuzzy socks and to tie your hair up into a cute “messy” bun!

It allows you to practice gratitude and enjoy the little things.

When you’re always busy, it’s easy to start to feel like you’re on autopilot, moving from one obligation to the next without a second thought. If you take some time to get yourself out of that routine, even for just one day, you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the little things in life—like the beauty of nature or the warmth of your boyfriend’s smile. It’s getting the chance to literally stop and smell the roses, and it can help remind you just how many beautiful things there are in the world.

You can give your brain a well-deserved break.

Ever notice that when you come back to work after a vacation, you pick up on little details that you would’ve missed had you not taken some time off? It’s not an uncommon experience to feel like you’re returning from a break with a clearer mind and increased focus. By separating yourself from your many obligations, you allow your mind to rest a bit so that you can hopefully bypass burnout and come back better than ever.

You have the chance to enjoy the company of your loved ones.

If you don’t usually have the time to relax with your significant other, your besties or your little ones, a lazy day gives you the opportunity to reconnect with those you love. Use this as an opportunity to catch up on what you’ve all been up to and maybe enjoy a nice meal together, without the pressure of needing to rush back to the office. This is also the perfect time to give your furry friends some snuggles, too. They miss you when you’re busy!

There’s honestly no good reason not to have a lazy day!

We could list a million and one reasons for why you should allow yourself to have a lazy day, but the reality is that there are really no good reasons not to. The benefits are nearly endless and there likely isn’t anything so important in your work or social life that you can’t take a little break in order to care for yourself a little better. Work will pretty much always be there for you tomorrow.

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Self-Care Tips for Lazy Days

Once you’ve committed to having a lazy day, remember that you don’t need to schedule out every waking moment. In fact, the whole point of a lazy day is to take a break from nonstop activities!

If you could use a little inspiration for how to make the most of your day off, here are some ideas for ways to relax and unwind:

  • Draw a warm bath and add soaking salts with essential oils. Or, tie some eucalyptus around your showerhead for an at-home spa experience.
  • Dim the lights, set up some snacks and stream a double feature of your favorite movies from the comfort of your couch.
  • Enjoy some time outside in the sunshine with a light walk around the block or by lounging on a park bench.
  • Move your body gently with easy stretches or a light yoga sequence.
  • Set aside your lazy day uniform: a women’s pullover sweatshirt, cozy leggings and fuzzy socks are all you need!

Remember, a lazy day should be whatever you want it to be—whether you spend your time reading a good book or simply sleeping in.

Lazy Day, Happy Heart

We live in a world that rewards hyper-productivity, but even people who are super-efficient and hardworking need (and deserve!) a break every once in a while. Take comfort in the fact that a lazy day can soothe your soul, and enjoy every single moment of yours!

Ellen Hollington

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