Being Lazy is not Necessarily a Bad Thing for your health!

Being Lazy is not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Take some time off! If you take a day regularly to just do nothing, or two weeks for a relaxing vacation, would you consider that being lazy? Some people think so. Some experts, however, have come to the conclusion that most people don’t do these things nearly enough and therefore have stress and health related problems because of it. In other words, people don’t know how to be ‘lazy’. Have you heard the saying, ‘work smarter, not harder’? But how do you figure out what is ‘smarter’? An example might be making a priority list of what needs done each day with the most important things in order. Take number one on your list and finish it before moving on to number two and so on. Another way of working smarter is to pay attention to how you feel as you move through your list of work projects. When you begin to feel your energy flagging, stop and take a break. Have a nutritious snack and walk outside for a spot of sunshine…stretch and rest on a bench for a few minutes, letting your mind just drift. What does all this do for you? It lets you relax and recharge. It gives your brain and body a rest. Spending a half-hour of being lazy is the smart thing to do because you’ll go back to work refreshed and better able to think clearly.

Do the same thing at lunchtime. Take a break – don’t work through your lunch hour. Your body needs fuel and rest. It’s called balance. It’s great for stress-relief. If you can’t leave the building for some reason, sit at your desk and relax. Perhaps play some games on the computer – this will switch your mind to something entirely different from what you’ve been doing all morning and energize you. If you work from home, lie down for a while after lunch and let your mind and body rest, or take a leisurely walk in the sunshine and breathe deeply. Listen to your body!

Lazy can be a really good thing. For instance, if you’re feeling lazy, it’s probably because you’re tired and need to rest. When you don’t listen to your body, it can lead to burnout. Use lazy to your advantage – figure out ways to do what needs to be done with less effort, or take a hard look at the things on your To-Do List and decide if anything there could be marked off without it affecting your quality of life. Sometimes we set too many tasks for ourselves that aren’t really necessary. Instead, add something relaxing and enjoyable to the list.

Do less, not more!
Being Lazy is not Necessarily a Bad Thing

While we’re talking about being lazy in a good way, how about adopting the idea of ‘doing less’? Such as, do less busy-work. Slow down and relax. Try to live a more peaceful life and be content to do nothing sometimes, or do simpler things. Do less buying. Experts suggest that all of the ‘stuff’ we buy starts to own us instead of the other way around. If you shop less, spend less, and own less, then you have less to worry about – like a large house to store it in, higher insurance to protect it, higher credit card bills to pay, more to clean and maintain, higher utility bills, etc. All of this adds up to more stress and less time to relax and be lazy. Do less micro-managing. Think about how much time you spend over-seeing others – at work and at home. Do less future-planning and learn to live in the moment more. Yes, of course, you have to be responsible and plan for retirement, but most people go completely overboard. What you do with each day of your life is more important than stacking up piles of money for retirement. Do less judging and forcing. This is something a lot of people are guilty of – judging and expecting others to be what they want them to be instead of accepting others as they are. And one step further, trying to force something that doesn’t want to be forced, or someone to do something they don’t want to do is counterproductive and hard work. If you think about it, you’ll realize that it’s exhausting and time-consuming. Think about a stream – the water flows around obstacles not through them. Take a long, hard look at yourself and try to be more accepting of others and the way they do things. It will lift a weight off your shoulders and your relationships will flourish with others. This will relieve you of much work and stress. Remind yourself that ‘your way’ is not the ‘only way’.

Hormonal Imbalance

On the more physical side, let’s look at hormones. They manage our lives. If you have a hormone imbalance, your life goes off-track. It’s hard to relax and be lazy if you are stressed to the max. Moreover, hormones don’t just all of a sudden go wrong by themselves. Your hormones respond to stress by producing more of the stress hormone, cortisol. Also, when your body is under constant stress it causes an imbalance in the relationships with your cortisol and the other hormones in your body. You need to consult an endocrinologist who can test the levels of your hormones and discover what is out of balance. Out of whack hormones can cause any number of problems such as depression and fatigue.

Think about what life was like for our grandparents. Their lives moved at a slower pace, and yes, they worked hard, but they also took time to rest and enjoy simple pleasures. There was no such thing as medication for stress, anxiety or depression. Today, doctors write prescriptions for these medications every day. What has caused such a change in society? We try to ‘do it all’ - work more, play hard, climb the social and corporate ladder faster, earn more money, buy more things, give our children more than they need, have everything that our neighbors have, etc. Living this way has proven to be detrimental to our health. While this is the pace of world we live in, it doesn’t mean we can’t change things individually. Before it’s too late, take a step back and evaluate your day-to-day life. What could you change or give up to gain more rest and enjoyment, better health, and spend more quality time with your family and friends? If you think of relaxation as a necessity rather than an option, you will find it easier to work it in. And remember, it’s never too late to adopt a new way of thinking and change.

The bottom line.

The bottom line is be lazy sometimes and do less, but do less in a smart way. Declutter your life and do only what’s important, leaving time for fun and relaxation. For optimal health and happiness, go with the flow rather than against it!

Using a Stress Relieve Program

Stress Sweeper

If you haven’t been feeling well lately or you know that you’ve been more stressed out than you think, you might want to look into the Stress Sweeper program. By simply attaching a device to your ear and hooking it up to your computer, you can begin to train your body to feel better. The program will show your body responses over time and teaches you to make the necessary changes. By watching and being aware of your stress, you can begin to take steps to slow down and to relax. Sometimes just realizing you are more stressed than is healthy – as the Stress Monitor will show you – is enough to help you learn to breathe in the midst of crazy circumstances.

 

Monitor Your Health with Health Snapshot

Health Snapshot

With Health Snapshot, it only takes five minutes to find out where your health levels are. This computer program is easy to install and to use, with just a sensor being placed on your ear lobe while the test is running. You will see a summary of your health levels on the screen and be able to make health changes based on this report. As you do change your health habits, do another health assessment to ensure that you are making progress. If not, you might want to try some additional health changes – or check with a medical professional for assistance.

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