Why You Should Allow Yourself to Be Lazy at Times

READING TIME: 5 MINUTES

Take_a_break

Sometimes, it feels like we just need to slip into a proper lazy mode, lift our mental feet up, and let our minds wander. In these moments, it's as if we only have an appetite for daydreaming, relaxing on a sofa and simply doing nothing at all.

But, in the modern, fast-paced society, where you always need to be on the go, we struggle with allowing ourselves to be lazy. Even when we catch some free time to relax, we can't because we feel like there's always something more productive we could be doing, like checking our emails or finishing cleaning the kitchen. 

However, there are many advantages to laziness that are backed by science. Being lazy and letting our minds wander are essential cognitive tools, helping us be more creative and productive. 

Let’s find out why!

Why Do We Feel the Need to Be Lazy?

Well, first of all, we're all just human beings, and laziness is our inherent human nature. If you take a moment and observe the world around you, you'll notice that even most animals, especially highly efficient predators, spend most of their time doing nothing in particular.

Secondly, we often push ourselves too hard to be super achievers and innovative thinkers at all times. We cram as many tasks as possible into one day, dodging slower and healthier activities, such as reading a book or taking a walk.

But, in a world where information, communication, and opportunity are moving faster than ever, we need to hit a pause button from time to time and give our brains a chance to process all that noise. 

We need to relearn how to truly relax and permit ourselves to be lazy at times. And by laziness, we don't mean filling every moment with pointless distractions, such as surfing Facebook and other mindless activities that drain us even more. We mean genuine idleness when we choose to do nothing. Only this way can we allow our bodies and minds to recover and reboot completely.

Is Laziness a Lost Art?

Couch potato, deadbeat, slacker are just some of the many pejorative terms you can find in dictionaries for 'lazy' people—even the Bible lists 'sloth' as one of the seven deadly sins. 

In today's culture, obsessed with efficiency, laziness is a lost art. Idleness is seen as something useless, as the flip side of the productivity coin. As a result, people who would rather take a midday nap often feel guilty and ashamed next to those who rise and shine at 4 am to hit the gym before their twelve-hour workday.

But, we shouldn’t be restricted by these social norms because, according to the scientific research, it’s these moments of idleness that help us develop our creative mind.

What Are the Benefits of a Wandering Mind? 

If you think back to your last great idea or creative insight - what were you doing at that moment? Chances are you weren't sitting at your desk, focused on a specific task. It probably happened while you were sipping your morning coffee, taking a long walk, or showering.

Research shows that only in these moments of unfocused attention when we're slightly bored, our mind begins to explore and contemplate different fictive scenarios and wonders to amazing places. According to a recent study led by Benjamin Baird and Jonathan Schooler, during our bouts of idleness, our mind visits past 12% of the time, present 28%, and future 48% of the time, and for the time that remains, our mind is completely blank.

While these percentages really don't matter, it's important to highlight that during this time, while we're unaware of all the processes our brain does when it wanders away, three crucial things happen:

1. We unearth new and creative ideas: When we allow our mind to travel through the past, present, and the future, it connects each of these mental destinations and comes up with more creative insights. For example, we might recall an idea we read about a few weeks ago and use it for solving a current problem.

2. We recharge our batteries: When our mind is at rest, so are we. If we don't focus our attention on a particular thing and let our mind roam, we store more energy to help us focus better later. Walking or running without music or other distractions, or doing any habitual and effortless activities, are beneficial for both our physical and mental health.

3. We make plans for the future: When our attention is scattered and unfocused, we tend to think more about the future and long-term goals. So, without even realizing it, we’re setting intentions and plans for the future.

    Having this in mind, what will you do the next time you feel the urge to just loll on the sofa? Are you going to allow your guilt to resist that instinct again, or are you finally going to give yourself permission to be lazy? 

    The risk of being stigmatized as a lazy slacker might be worth it because for great things to happen, sometimes you just have to do nothing at all.

    Certainly she was losing consciousness of outer things. And as she lost consciousness of outer things … her mind kept throwing up from its depths, scenes, and names, and sayings, and memories and ideas, like a fountain spurting.

    - Virginia Wolf

     

    If you enjoyed this post, sign up for our monthly newsletter where we share multiple perspectives from trusted sources that will help you better understand yourself, others and the world we live in. Subscribe here.

    20 comments

    • MY CRYPTO RECOVERY EXPERENCE WITH JETWEBHACKERS 2024

      I was left with a sense of hopelessness when I realized that my $34,000 worth of Bitcoin had been stolen from my wallet. I had tried every possible solution, but nothing seemed to work. That was until I discovered JETWEBHACKERS, a team of expert hackers who specialize in recovering stolen cryptocurrencies. With their expertise and guidance, I was able to recover my entire $34,000 in just a few days! The process was seamless, efficient, and professional. The team at JETWEBHACKERS was incredibly responsive, keeping me updated every step of the way. I was blown away by their level of expertise and the results they achieved. If you’re a victim of crypto theft, I highly recommend JETWEBHACKERS. They are the best in the business and will get your stolen assets back for you.

      CONTACT THEM VIA

      EMAIL:jetwebhackers @ gmail .com

      TELEGRAM: @jetwebhackers

      You can also contact them for the service below

      Western Union Transfer Blank atm card Bank Transfer PayPal / Skrill Transfer Crypto Mining CashApp Transfer Bitcoin Loans Recover Stolen/Missing Crypto/Funds/Assets
      LISA ANDREWS
    • LOTTERY WINNING ☎+256789510542 MONEY SPELLS UK, CANADA

      Psychic Rowan ☎+256789510542 Odds of winning a lottery with my help are very high. Lottery spells that work instantly, Lottery gambling spells to win lots of money at the lotto jackpot . Get the lotto winning numbers using lottery winning spells to increase your chances of winning. Attract good luck when gambling, increase your chances of winning & enhance your psychic powers when gambling using my good luck lottery winning spells that work.

      Lottery spells to change your luck at the lottery, help to change your mathematical mindset using numerology to predict accurately the lotto winning numbers. Good luck lotto spells to change your spiritual mindset to make it possible for you to win millions in the lottery.
      Unlimited winnings using good luck lotto spells. If you want a gambling spell to neutralize and cancel out any spells and hexes against your gambling success, then get one of my powerful gambling rival gambling spell.

      Stop losing money and make millions from the lottery with lotto spells that work fast. Lotto spells that work to draw money towards you when playing the lottery. Choose this lotto money spell to receive a large sum of money at the lottery or make someone else receive a large sum of money at the lottery.

      Make it possible for you to win million in the lottery. Lottery spells, sports betting spells, horse betting spells, casino money spells, spells to win the lottery jackpot & gambling spells.. Bring the odds of winning in your favor with gambling spells for luck & positive energy. Lotto spells to win the lottery by increasing your psychic powers.

      Call/WhatsApp: +256789510542
      Email: info@courtspells.com
      Website: www.courtspells.com

      $how to win a court case in USA<><)) +256789510542 $spell on a court case in USA ,-((+256789510542_)) !!<win court cases in USA##(+256789510542( $$ how to get a case dismissed in USA%%(+256789510542< $#how to make a court case disappear in USA!#$((+256789510542 ^%&how do i win a court case in USA#$&((+256789510542* $%win your court case in USA*&^%(+256789510542^^ :""how to win a criminal case in court USA%%(+256789510542))) ???win a divorce case in court USA#$^^&(+256789510542 ><:what to do to win a court case in USA$#(256789510542(((
      ||get child custody in court USA )()(
      &(256789510542@
      ^how to win in court without a powerfull lawyer in USA_)(+256789510542:
      &#court spell in USA:"*(256789510542((
      ^&*court case freezer in USA#$%256789510542

      Email: info@courtspells.com
      Call/WhatsApp:☎ +256789510542
      Website: http://www.courtspells.com

      psychic rowan
    • I Have At Last Located A Trustworthy Cyber Expert Who Deals With Lost Bitcoin Troubles contact Lost Recovery Masters

      I wanted to take a moment to express my utmost gratitude for the incredible service LOST RECOVERY MASTERS provided in helping me recover my lost cryptocurrency. When I first found myself in this unfortunate situation, I was feeling helpless and unsure of what to do. That’s when my friend recommended Lost Recovery Masters to me, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their suggestion. From the moment I reached out to Lost Recovery Masters, their team displayed professionalism, expertise, and genuine dedication to helping me. They patiently walked me through the entire recovery process, ensuring that I understood each step along the way. Their knowledge and guidance gave me the confidence that my lost cryptocurrency could be retrieved. I was truly amazed by the level of skill and precision Lost Recovery Masters exhibited throughout the process. Thank you once again for your exceptional service.
      Website: https://lostrecoverymasters.com/
      Whatsapp: +44(7537)-(105921)
      Email (Support@lostrecoverymasters.com)

      Leon Hader
    • Read For Help With Lost Crypto Reach out Lost Recovery Masters

      I must give special thanks to Lost Recovery Masters, Specialized hackers in Cryptocurrency Recovery and lost Bitcoin wallet tracing, My wife and I happened to be scammed by an online scammer who claimed to be professional and knowledgeable in the field of investments. My wife and I had agreed to invest our savings pounds worth $623,400 in the form of Crypto. This scammer persuaded us to invest in an online platform called Cryptos-seed.com.’ ’I was persuaded to deposit the funds to a platform that would generate us much profits on a daily basis. The profits generated significantly, but on asking about my withdrawal of the funds ,the swindler provided multiple excuses and was asking me to invest more funds. On search on how to recover The lost funds I came through Lost Recovery Masters who were able to recover a significant portion of the lost funds. Contact them through:
      Whatsapp: +44(7537)-(105921)
      Email (Support@lostrecoverymasters.com)
      Website: https://lostrecoverymasters.com/

      Vera Chekan
    • LEGIT AND FAST WAY TO RECOVER YOUR BITCOIN/CRYPTO 2024

      I was scammed over ( $345,000 ) by someone I met online on a fake investment project. I started searching for help legally to recover my money and I came across a lot of Testimonies about ETHICREFINANCE Recovery Expects. I contacted them providing the necessary information’s and it took the experts about 27hours to locate and help recover my stolen funds. I am so relieved and the best part was, the scammer was located and arrested by local authorities in his region. I hope this help as many out there who are victims and have lost to these fake online investment scammers. I strongly recommend their professional services for assistance with swift and efficient recovery. They can reached through the link below.

      Email Address: ethicsrefinance @gmail com

      Email Address:ethicsrefinance@proton.me

      Telegram: @ethicsrefinance

      mary christina

    Leave a comment