Small Ways to Combat Lazy Days

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While many of us try our hardest to follow our schedules by checking off daily responsibilities, sometimes Netflix, Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream, and our favourite fuzzy blanket get the best of us. During these times, it’s easy to feel discouraged by a lack of productivity; however, there are several things you can still do to end the day feeling somewhat accomplished. For this reason, here are five things to do if you’re in need of a quick pick-me-up:

1. Take a shower

One of the simplest–and quickest–ways to feel better after a long day of doing nothing is to take a nice, warm (or cold) shower. Whenever I feel “off”, showering helps alleviate any muscle tension that I may have and allows me to process my thoughts in solitude. Not to mention, the feeling of cleanliness immediately boosts my mood. To learn more about the benefits of showers, click here.

2. Wash your face

Like showering, following my skincare routine helps me feel refreshed after a sluggish day. Personally, I love using Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap to cleanse my face because the peppermint leaves my skin feeling awake and rejuvenated, two things I definitely need on days when I wake up at ten and I’m ready for a nap by noon.

3. Get some fresh air

One of the best ways to “snap out” of laziness is to get some fresh air. Whether it’s going for a walk or opening a few windows to let a breeze in, inhaling some “fresh” oxygen helps clear my mind and gives me a quick energy increase. To read about some health benefits of getting fresh air, make sure to check out this article.

4. Clean your room 

Often times, when my room is a disaster, my mind is a disaster. It may sound overly-dramatic but I find that when my room is disorganized, I become frustrated by the chaos and give up on my tasks entirely. So, I make sure to minimize frustration by cleaning my room frequently. While cleaning, I like to play a relaxing meditation playlist on 8Tracks and pour some essential oil in my diffuser to clear my mind. Afterwards, I feel more motivated to tackle my responsibilities.

5. Read or watch a documentary

Many people think that to be productive, you need to run a 5k or complete a massive project. However, sometimes productivity requires less effort. For example, reading a good book or watching a documentary on a topic that interests you is also beneficial. Knowledge is an asset, and learning something new is equally important as going for a run or writing an essay. 

The next time you feel guilty for being lazy, remember that incorporating small and simple activities throughout your day can help boost your energy levels and make you feel more productive. Minor activities such as following through with your skincare routine or cleaning your room can still give you a sense of triumph and satisfaction. Above all, it is important to remember that small accomplishments are accomplishments nonetheless and that it’s okay to take it slow on the days you feel it is necessary!

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