I cook almost every single day and night. I try so hard to keep my house clean. Sometimes it feels like it’s a losing battle because I’m an ADD cleaner. What I mean by this is, I’ll start a task, get distracted, begin another one, and before I know it, I’ll have ten half-finished tasks I need to complete! I even like to get crafty right in the middle of a chore.
We may have liberties and privileges our foremothers never could’ve imagined, but we still have a ton of pressure on us daily. Waking up with the baby, cooking, cleaning, calling the pediatrician, the babysitter, the school, making sure backpacks are all packed correctly, lunches are made, laundry, remembering where everything in the house is when no one else can, Pinterest boards, crafts, gifts, baby showers, wedding showers, calling our family and checking up, work, homework, etc. etc.
I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way, I told myself I had to avoid rest in order to be the beloved housewife and homemaker I want to be.
It’s just not true.
Sometimes we’re so wrapped up in what everyone else needs, that we forget what we need. I’m always so distracted with tasks that I even forget basic survival necessities like eating. And washing my hair? I’m good if I get to even do that three times a week.
I need to be able to turn my brain off and I need to be able to be a total slug every once and a while.
Be Lazy & Make No Apologies
Of course, you need to be disciplined in all your day-to-day activities. Just because it’s OK to be lazy sometimes doesn’t mean it needs to be a regular occurrence. Look at being lazy as a treat you get every once and a while.
Designate time to be lazy
Make sure on the special days you squeeze in being lazy & unproductive that you can feel joy & happiness about it. We’ve all pretty much accepted that being unproductive and lazy are usually symptoms of being down or depressed or even unambitious. But by all means, clock out from your normal duties and feel the warmth of your accomplishments while you rest your mind and spirit. You don’t have to feel guilty about taking some time off!
Let go of the fear that something isn’t getting done
Are you wanting to decompress but you’re too afraid that something isn’t getting done? Listen, you already know to designate special days to be lazy. The key is to get everything done before these days so that you can enjoy your designated time. Is everyone fed? Did you remember to eat? Are the dogs inside and fed? As long as everyone is taken care of and happy, don’t let your mind wander to the laundry, to work, or any other unfinished chore. Let it go!
Allow yourself to conserve energy & consider your future goals.
The last thing you need to do is to push yourself to the point that you forget about what keeps you going – setting new goals for tomorrow! Being able to turn off your brain is one of the hardest things to do every day, but we have to learn to do it so that we can rest.
When we allow our brains to rest, we let down our daily defenses and give our brains permission to dream, remember, and plan. Relaxing gives our bodies and minds the opportunity to come out of survival mode and to recover.
When your brain is safe to daydream, your creative side can begin to aspire and to dream up a new vision for tomorrow.
As it turns out, being lazy can actually be pretty healthy for you. So give it a try!
Some fun things to accessorize your lazy days: