Embracing the One Lazy Day: A Day to Rejuvenate and Recoup
In the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives and now the holiday season, finding time for relaxation can seem like an impossible feat. However, there’s a simple yet profound concept that can transform your well-being—one lazy day a week dedicated to rejuvenation and recouping. What’s Your Lazy Day? This week’s Sparkleup blog post, let’s learn more about the art of embracing a lazy day and the incredible benefits it can bring to your mind, body, emotions and soul. (Especially during the holiday season!) Years ago, during my in person workshops I would share about the One Lazy Day Strategy and would receive push back, especially in the mist of a complicated life crisis, the carry over affects of practicing the One Lazy Day Strategy ripples through out.
Setting the Stage
In a (holiday) world that never stops, intentionally scheduling a day for relaxation becomes crucial. It’s not about being unproductive; it’s about recognizing the value of taking a break. Imagine a day where your only commitment is to yourself—a day to reset and recharge. In the past my day was Sunday, a football watching, meal prepping kinda relaxing day. But even for me I found myself fudging the football day and working. So I have loosen up on myself and some weeks a “day” was a few hours of “lazy”, go easy with you!
Planning Your Lazy Day
To make the most of your lazy day, plan ahead. Ensure there are no commitments or obligations looming over you. Create a cozy environment with blankets, pillows, and your favorite soothing music. This day is all about comfort and tranquility. ( I even have to work on this!)
Disconnecting from Technology
In the age of constant connectivity, a technology-free day is a breath of fresh air for your mental well-being. Put your phone on silent, step away from the computer, and embrace the simplicity of the analog world. You’ll be amazed at how liberating it can be.
Activities for a Lazy Day
Fill your lazy day with activities that bring joy without requiring too much effort. Whether it’s reading a captivating book, taking a leisurely nature walk, or practicing mindfulness, choose activities that nourish your soul. A wonderful mantra for your lazy day is “I am here now”.
Nourishing Your Body
Your lazy day should extend its care to your body. Treat yourself to comforting and healthy foods. Simple recipes or your favorite comfort food can turn this day into a culinary delight. Remember, the goal is to pamper yourself in every possible way.
Reflecting and Gratitude
Take some time for self-reflection. What are you grateful for? Acknowledge the positive aspects of your life and savor the present moment. Practicing gratitude can bring a profound sense of contentment. I heard Colette Baron Reid say she doesn’t get up in the morning until she goes through her rituals and feels the deep sense of gratitude. If you heard me speak or present, as soon as my feet hit the ground I close my eyes, hand on heart and say three times “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you” before standing up. I have now incorporated the practice of accessing deep feelings of gratitude.
The Power of Doing Nothing
In a society that often glorifies constant productivity, there’s immense power in doing nothing. Allow your mind to wander, rest without guilt, and discover the creative potential that lies in stillness. Doing nothing is a form of self-care too.
Incorporating a lazy day into your weekly routine is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. A lazy day gives your brain a break and your body a chance to recover. It also reduces stress which could help you be more productive in your non-lazy days, lazy days prevent burnout and reduce susceptible to chronic diseases. It’s a gift you give yourself—a day to unwind, reset, and embrace the simplicity of being. As you navigate the demands of life and the holiday season. Remember that taking intentional breaks is not a sign of weakness but a celebration of you!
Call to Action
I invite you to share your lazy day experiences and tips in the comments. Have you tried scheduling your own lazy day? How did it impact your well-being? Let’s inspire each other to prioritize self-care and make lazy days a regular part of our lives.