What is a lazy day?
A lazy day is one of those dreamy, perfect days when you do as little as possible, all day! Some people call them ‘duvet’ days or ‘pyjama days’ or a ‘mini retreat’ yet the principle is the same. Lazy days provide the ultimate antidote to a hectic, adult lifestyle by allowing us time to rest, restore ourselves and recharge our worn down personal batteries. For just one day we can forget the hustle and bustle of daily life and start to go with the flow.
Why are lazy days so good for our wellbeing?
Life can be hectic, fast-paced and stressful. Having a lazy day is the complete opposite of this. It allows you time to rest and unwind and to allow the stress to start to leave you. Often when life is going at 100 mph it can feel like we don’t have time to catch a breath, to be able to think things through or to plan ahead. It allows us to press ‘pause’ for the day so we can catch up with ourselves, restore our bodies and take a nap!
I remember once being very busy, and feeling like I had a thousand things to do every day. My daughter told me to ‘just breathe’ I remember yelling ‘I DON’T HAVE TIME TO BREATHE!’ I know, I know! Of course I had time to breathe, even though at that moment in time, it didn’t really feel that way!
Lazy days allow us to rest and restore our body and calm our frazzled minds, even if it is by binge-watching a box set on Netflix or reading a great book!
How do I have a lazy day?
Firstly clear your diary of anything else. Put ‘busy’ in your diary to protect your time. Ensure you don’t have any meetings, mum/dad’s taxi runs to do and ensure that the wider family and your friends know that you’re not available (unless it’s an emergency!)
Next think about what your ultimate lazy day is going to look like. For me it is sure to include a pot of nice coffee, maybe some beautiful stem ginger biscuits. I’d need a good book and / or a magazine, and some chocolate. I also love making and eating soup (and find soup making deeply relaxing) I also love pre-baked bread buns which take 10 mins to finish in the oven.. I’d need access to some paper and a pen as I love writing and find that deeply relaxing too. I love giving myself a holistic facial using beautiful facial products and hot cloths so I’d need that too. You could treat yourself to a face mask if you wish.
Ensure you’ve got the yummy food you’re going to eat, already bought, or the takeaways menu to hand.
Once you know what you need in order to have your perfect lazy day, ensure you have it all to hand ready. You might like to create the ultimate ‘lazy days’ playlist on Spotify with all your favourite lazy days songs on it.
Switch off your alarm clock so you can let your body wake up naturally!
Decide what you’re wearing
What to wear for your ultimate lazy day is up to you. I’d wear something that’s comfortable and fairly floaty, so you can move/nap with ease. Some people love pyjamas, others love having a long hot shower or bath and then popping on some comfortable clothes like leggings or a tracksuit. I have a stash of what I call ‘daytime pyjamas’ which are pyjamas that are too thick and warm for wearing in bed, but perfect for mooching around the house in on a lazy day!
Enjoy your day!
Enjoy your lazy day. Listen to what your body needs and give it what it’s asking for (within reason!) If you need to nap, nap!
If you need to stretch a little bit, look online for a yoga workout or go out for a short walk. If it’s a nice day and you have a garden, you might want to spend time outdoors in a shady spot.
Read if you fancy that, or do some art or sewing. Or whatever it is that you love doing and that allows you to relax. There really are no rights and wrongs with this as long as the goal is to rest and relax for a while.
Sarah Cooper is a Reflexologist, Reiki Master Practitioner, Aromatherapist and Writer based in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, England.
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