Rest Days: The importance of (occasional) Laziness

Laziness, especially amongst young people, is categorised by society, as a characteristic embodied by under achievers. After all, how can one achieve his/her/their dreams from the comfort of their warm bed on a Tuesday afternoon? However, laziness is a part of our society; a fundamental for the nature of our evolution. We need laziness (occasionally), and we need time to be lazy; we need our rest days.

A rest day, often described by gym-goers and the like as the day in which not to visit their holy temple, is a god send – a day in which you have no commitments, no plans and no responsibilities; you have room for laziness. These days are like gold dust to the young, though over excessive use of the lazy day, can lead to some pretty hefty problems.

Having a lazy day, every day for the week, for four months can be lead to a lot of problems health wise. Looking at it one way, we can understand that just sitting on your arse watching TV, playing Xbox and eating Doritos could lead to some problems related to your physical health and your weight, but the mental effects can be more severe. The young mind is a pretty dark and depressing place (as I’m sure we all know) and without room to breathe, is can pretty claustrophobic all alone in that head, pushing the bad thoughts into the back and praying that your prior commitments will just disappear.

Laziness is a habit, and mental health problems breed within the battle grounds of habit. 1 in 3 young people are said to be effected by a mental health problem, and just that shows how our view of mental health has changed so rapidly. Just less than 5 years ago, I started year 10 at new high school, and there were posters all over the campus that started: “One in ten teenagers are affected by a mental health problem.” – And that’s just 5 years! Our understanding of mental health has changed so rapidly, as our modern NHS looks more widely at health and wellbeing, and with our countries current nature of austerity and recession, depression is breeding fast.

It has never been more in important for people, especially young people, to do more. Without doing, you cannot aspire, or at least make any movement towards your aspirations; but laziness, and the room and right time to indulge in brief intermissions of laziness, gives us that aspiration; the excitement to do more, and the drive to do best.

So at your next presented opportunity, do nothing. Just for a while, try sitting relaxing and just thinking, maybe listen to some music, but trying very hard to use as little brain and body function as possible. See what you come up with; you may just find your new life passion at the back of your brain. With this lazy time, you can also plan ahead within your life schedule to do new things, try out new hobbies, make more time for laziness or work on a new project in your spare time; or you may never know what your full potential is, and without those little pieces of humanity, we are nothing.



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