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New Research Finds a Lazy Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Researchers say taking a day out of the week to relax and enjoy what they’ve dubbed a “lazy day” could be the key to reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and living longer. Here’s why you no longer need to feel guilty about kicking back!

In our fast-paced lives, where schedules are packed, and responsibilities never seem to relent, the concept of a "lazy day" might sound like an indulgent fantasy. However, according to experts, incorporating at least one lazy day per week into our routine can have profound effects on our overall health and well-being.

Health Optimising Biohacker Tim Gray says lazy days are about long-term health, not just reducing stress from day-to-day.

"If you don’t pick a day to relax, your body will pick it for you. You know it’s true. If you admit it to yourself. Relaxing really is precursor to being more productive,” he says. “We often think that productivity means to work. It doesn’t. Productivity means making intentional choices towards a goal. And sometimes that choice could be to have a lazy day and replenish.”

But what exactly does a lazy day entail? It's a day where the to-do list takes a back seat, and the usual work-related hustle is put on hold. Picture this: no checking work emails, no answering work calls, and revelling in the simple joy of spending the day in comfortable pyjamas. It's about engaging in activities that bring genuine pleasure—whether that's gardening, binge-watching a favourite movie or show, trying out some art and craft, or savouring good food without a worry about calories.

The benefits of a lazy day extend beyond just a break from routine; they offer the brain a much-needed respite and provide the body with a chance to recharge. Stress reduction is a key outcome, contributing to increased productivity on non-lazy days. Importantly, incorporating lazy days into your routine serves as a preventative measure against burnout and guards against the risk of chronic diseases.

If you've been feeling persistently under the weather, it might be a signal from your body that accumulated stress needs addressing. Embracing the occasional lazy day could be the antidote, offering a holistic approach to health that goes beyond the conventional remedies. So, go ahead, pencil in that lazy day—it's a prescription for a healthier, more balanced life.

How to Have a Lazy Day

Unplug and Disconnect: Turn off work-related notifications on your devices. Resist the temptation to check emails or respond to work calls.

Stay in Comfort: Embrace the joy of staying in your comfy pyjamas all day. Choose loungewear that makes you feel relaxed and at ease.

Leisurely Activities: Engage in activities you genuinely enjoy, whether it's reading, drawing, or a hobby you've neglected. Watch your favourite movies or binge-watch that TV series you've been wanting to catch up on.

Napping is Allowed: Take a nap if you feel like it. A short power nap can do wonders for your energy levels and mood.

Garden Therapy: If you have a garden, spend some time tending to your plants. Gardening can be therapeutic and calming.

Culinary Delights: Enjoy good food without worrying about calories. Cook or order your favourite meals and savour each bite.

Disconnect from Calendars: Don't plan the day. Let spontaneity guide you, and allow yourself to go with the flow.

Pamper Yourself: Take a long, indulgent bath or pamper yourself with skincare. It's a great way to unwind.

Reconnect with Creativity: Engage in creative pursuits like drawing, painting, or crafting. Let your artistic side flourish.

Embrace Nature: Spend time outdoors, even if it's just sitting on your balcony or taking a leisurely stroll in a nearby park. 

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