Sunday, 26 April 2020

How Not To Feel Guilty For Having A Lazy Day

I can imagine that during this time there have been many people who have had a day of doing nothing. This is undoubtedly the case for me. Yet, for every bit of the day that I was doing nothing, I felt a pang of guilt. Along with a panic that there was a mountain of things I could be doing instead of "wasting my time". If you're anything like me, I've come up with five ways how not to feel guilty for having a lazy day.

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A day doing nothing doesn't just have to mean laying in bed or staring at the walls. It can be just as simple as choosing to spend your time without the pressure to something. Especially, going forward as we return to "normality", it can mean just not feeling pressure to make commitments on your day off. It can mean just taking a day to relax and be present with yourself.

Personally, I find one of the best ways how not to feel guilty for having a lazy day begins by planning when I will take a lazy day. Granted there are days when you wake up and think I just can't be bothered today. Those lazy days are possibly a good indication you're overworked and burnt out, so listen to your body.

1. Brain dump and get your 'to do' list in order

Before taking a lazy day, write down all that you need to do in a brain dump. Then go through the list and prioritise all that is urgent, to do, or just to remember. If you tackle all the critical items before you have a "do nothing" day, it can help eliminate the guilt or panic you may feel.

I find that as long as I know what needs to be done, then I don't need to panic as much. My 'to-do' list is still waiting for me.

After almost a year after deleting the app, I've started using TeuxDeux again. The only reason I stopped using the app was that I no longer had lots of different longer-term 'to-dos'. Everything I needed to do was much more reactionary. You do have to pay for the app (not sponsored), but it's about £3 per month or a yearly subscription, and I find that all the different lists that you can create work well with how my brain works.

2. Schedule the day with yourself

If you schedule in advance, it may help to alleviate some of the guilt that comes with having a day off. You also can look forward to the day, which might even help motivate you to do the less appealing tasks beforehand. Remember to book the day in your diary and block it out.

3. Let others know that's your plan

If other people know your intention is to have a specific day when you won't be available, then save for an emergency, everyone should be understanding of your plans.

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4. Having time to switch off will make you more productive 

Stress and getting overtired by overworking will only lead to lack of productivity. Your problem-solving ability will decline, and inevitably you will end up making mistakes.

By taking the day to rest, it will help you to destress and recharge. Imagine the benefits to your mental and physical health.

5. Make a lazy  day a norm 

You don't have to work really hard to earn a relaxing day. Life is hard enough.

Your overall health and wellbeing will likely also benefit if you take days to yourself and spend them the way you wish. After all, you could be doing something much worse than enjoying a blissful day to yourself.

Why not fully take advantage of the day and also use the time to indulge in some self-care?

How often do you treat yourself to a lazy day?

Lots of love,
Helen xo

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