09/27/2018
Benefits of rest

Why Your Brain Wants You to Have a Lazy Day

What does an average day look like for you? Maybe you wake up early, get in some exercise, shower, cook breakfast, meal prep, go to work, come home, do laundry, cook dinner, and by the time you know it, it’s time for bed and do it all over again the next day. Our society is constantly on the go. Yes, being productive is a wonderful thing, but we need to remember to give ourselves a rest. Not only will our bodies benefit, but so will our brain health. Find out why you should have a lazy day!

  • Prevent Burnout
  • Creativity
  • Deeper Thinking

 

  1. Prevent Burnout. Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need to relax. Our schedules become jam-packed and there may not be any time to relax and unwind. You need to take time to take care of yourself. When you have a lazy day, you’re ensuring that you don’t become overwhelmed with life’s tasks. Think about the quality of your work when you are feeling rushed. Quality probably goes down. When you take a step back and give yourself time to relax and refresh, your productivity down the road will increase. Your brain health will thrive when you de-stress with your much-deserved lazy day!
     
  2. Creativity. You may not have thought about this before, but taking your lazy day can actually increase your creativity! There is actually a study that was done that showed doing nothing is actually essential for creativity and new thoughts. Giving yourself permission to let your mind wander will put your brain at work in a new way. You can form new ideas and thoughts that perhaps you hadn’t thought about before. Seriously, take a lazy day if you’re ever feeling in a creative rut. Your brain will think in new ways!
     
  3. Deeper Thinking. When you dedicate a day to allowing yourself to relax, you’re also allowing yourself to self-reflect. Letting your mind wander will lead you to think deeper thoughts. If you’re overwhelmed with your work or home life or have a certain issue you’re trying to figure out, make it a point to sit and think about new solutions. This will allow you to strengthen your problem-solving skills. Even though you’re having a so-called “lazy day,” you’re still putting your brain to work.

The next time you have your lazy day, don’t feel guilty about it. The truth is, we all need a day to ourselves every once in a while. Believe us, you’ll be glad you took the time to yourself! Happy relaxing!