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Lazy Day, why do we need it?

By Sara Stefanovic
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Lazy Day is a special occasion that you can celebrate comfortably sitting on your sofa. No, we’re not kidding, it’s a real event. But what is it about? The concept behind this day is not to encourage laziness, but to admit the human need to unwind.

Lazy Day, away from the computer

These days, this celebration has certainly taken on a different connotation. Smart working, designed to allow workers to self-manage and organize their day, can sometimes lead to its opposite, ending up turning into a continuous work, without rest. Don’t feel guilty, disconnecting is important and, contrary to popular belief, it increases productivity.

Lazy Day

Lazy Day was born as a day of complete rest, in order to help us reduce the accumulated stress by dedicating ourselves to activities (from the sofa or not) that allow our body and mind to find their balance. Stress, in fact, a part from leading to insomnia, loss of appetite and chronic fatigue, can be the driving force for the development of much more serious diseases.

Lazy people waste less time

Lazy people are the ones who waste less time! A paradox? well, behind this statement there is a sensible reasoning: the lazy ones make sure that every activity or work task is worth their energy and their time. Furthermore, they tend not to waste their resources on activities that lead to nothing. It is about organizing your time effectively, choosing how to spend it in the best possible way. In this regard, Bill Gates’ phrase is famous:

I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because he/she will find an easy way to do it.

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If he says so it must be true. Lazy people are also the most efficient, scientists’ word. Their ultimate goal is carry out the task as soon as possible so that they can rest. Moreover, the last thing a lazy person wants is to have to redo the work they have already done, so don’t worry they won’t make a single mistake.

But how was Lazy Day conceived and how can we celebrate it?

This day came about by accident, so we don’t have an actual starting date. It just happened. As for the methods of celebration, well, what can I say, you can do whatever you want to! Dare to be lazy for a whole day.

Let’s see practically how to do it: deactivating all the alarm clocks and postponing all the appointments is the first big step. Second step: sleep until fully recharged, cook, enjoy food in peace and enjoy your favorite activities. How many TV series have you put off because you were too tired to devote yourself to some healthy binge watching? now is the right time to get back on track.

Lazy Day

A tip: try, for a day, to detoxify yourself from social media. For many people, facing the unreal perfection shown on social media every day is a source of great stress. Let’s forget the phone, let’s focus on the positive things in our life, let’s turn it into an appreciation day!

The health benefits

Obviously in this case we are talking about a kind of laziness that protects us, and not about sloth, one of the seven deadly sins. We are talking about a praise for calmness, respect for time and natural rhythms. The truth is that stopping makes you happy.

Lazy Day

These moments of rest stimulate the precuneus, a region of the brain closely linked to contentment. However, some people may deal with horror vacui, the fear of stopping, of being alone with their thoughts. For this reason it is advisable to do what we like the most, avoiding staying in bed contemplating the misery of our existence.

Lazy Day

Anti-stress: as anticipated, stress brings with it a thousand problems, gastritis, dermatitis, tachycardia… in short, the complete package. But it’s not just a physical issue, stress also makes us more anxious and fragile. Rest, on the other hand, lowers blood pressure and leads to the release of serotonin, the happiness hormone. And if that’s not enough, we can rely on chocolate.

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