Why Being Lazy Isn’t Selfish, It’s Necessary

Who doesn’t love a lazy day? Or for those of us that often find ourselves exceedingly busy, even a lazy few hours can feel like bliss. But often with a little downtime comes guilt. Our seemingly never-ending to do list of life weighs down upon us, making us feel like we are doing something wrong by doing nothing.

We worry we are letting other people down, that we are falling behind in our work, letting our house get messy. We worry that doing nothing is a negative thing because we aren’t attending to these important matters that drive our every day.

But here’s the thing. You are not doing anything wrong by taking time out. You are not being selfish by being lazy. Believe it or not, you are actually making yourself more productive, happier, and a better person for those around you.

Sounds crazy, right? Well it’s absolutely true. Because we need to rest and recharge. We need to allow our minds and bodies the time and space to break from all of our busy tasks, chores, and being there for others. If we do not take the time to do this, we end up being slower and worse at everything because we exhaust ourselves into not being at our full potential.

Think of a cup. When a cup is full, you can pour from it. When it is empty, you cannot. Think about that again. You cannot pour from an empty cup.

If you don’t allow yourself time to be lazy, to just be, to fully rest all of yourself, you are not allowing your cup to ever refill. You will be trying to give when there is nothing there. So, you NEED to be lazy from time to time, to fill your cup and keep on pouring.

Do it today. Do it every day. Allocate yourself time to be lazy. To do nothing. To be alone and just chill. And don’t feel guilty. Remember this will benefit others, just as much as it will benefit you.

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