The occasional lazy day is actually a good thing, especially when it starts with your own affirmation: “I am taking this day off and I’m not ashamed to do it!” A lazy day is freedom at its best; you can do (or not do) whatever you feel like. You don’t even have to brush your teeth or wash your face. You are allowed to throw on your baggy sweatshirt and your most comfortable jeans. You are allowed to drink all the coffee you want and have a breakfast of cheese and crackers and cookies if you like.
The only proviso is this: NO shaming, NO worrying, and most of all, NO “shoulding” on yourself. So what if the carpet needs vacuuming, so what if the laundry needs to be done, so what if you don’t brush your hair or put makeup on; it’s YOUR day to be lazy.
Now that we are all pretty much sheltering in place, it’s a good time to watch the kind of TV shows we might have turned our noses up previously. Now it’s just good entertainment. It’s also a time to learn how to trim our hair and do our own nails since salons don’t seem to be opening anytime soon. But best of all, we have precious time with our families.
The best of this for me is the pure pleasure of not hurrying. I have always been rushing here and there and where did it all get me except being tired and cranky? So the way things are right now is actually a gift; I no longer feel guilty about re-reading my Harry Potter books, or taking a nap or just plain relaxing.
A lazy day can make you feel less hurried, less worried and less having that nasty little demon on your back hissing that you must do this, that or the other thing. Just relax into the wonderful laziness of the day and enjoy the new-found freedom. My favorite uncle used start his day to his people at work, saying “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
I’m pretty sure that God is just fine with us having lazy days now and then. And as my favorite aunt used to say about lazy days: “go ahead, relax—-it couldn’t hurt!”