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Yesterday I stayed in my pyjamas for the whole day. Well, to be perfectly honest, I stayed in bed all day…and I had a great day. My house was clean, my work was done and I knew I had the whole day to myself. What a fabulous feeling!
I made myself coffee and snacks, propped myself up on pillows and spent most of the day reading and mucking about on my computer.
There once was a time that I would feel guilty for being so lazy, but not anymore. My responsibilities for raising children are behind me, I work hard at my job and I deserve some down-time. Some people like to cram their weekend with all sorts of hectic activity, and I’ve been known to do that, too, but my favourite thing to do is to relax and become completely absorbed in reading or writing.
I belong to a writing group here in the Barossa Valley in South Australia, and at our last meeting, we chose to write a short piece about ‘our ideal day.’ There were five of us around the table – all of different ages, cultures and lifestyles - and yet we all wrote about the same thing; a sunny day with nowhere to go and nothing to do but read or write - so I guess I can consider myself lucky that I’m able to do that now and then.
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In fact, I read somewhere that occasional laziness is actually very good for our health. Feeling lazy is our body’s way of telling us we need a break. If we ignore the message, we’re likely to experience burn-out. A day of idleness can refresh, revitalize and restore us.
The only time that laziness becomes a problem is when it begins to interfere with our normal daily life - ignoring our responsibilities, neglecting our health, or inconveniencing others. If this happens, we need to consider whether we have underlying issues that need to be addressed.
Generally though, laziness is something that we all should enjoy now and then - guilt-free - so go ahead, spend the day in bed, alone or with a loved one. Indulge yourself a little, comforted by the thought that you’re doing it for your health.
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Here is an excerpt from a fun poem by Patrick A Granfors:
My alarm went off the other day
But in my bed I chose to stay
Had no sick excuse for the boss
Simple motivation a total loss
Did not feel bad
Did not feel sad
Did not feel mad
Felt just fine
Mind wasn't hazy
I just felt…….