5 Reasons Not To Feel Guilty – In Defence Of Doing Absolutely Nothing

Doing nothing is often labelled as being lazy, and as someone who is a natural balance between a introvert and extrovert, why do I feel guilty for spending my weekend doing absolutely nothing? When in fact, sometimes doing absolutely nothing is the best thing you can do! It’s very much an act of self-care, just like eating right or heading to the gym.

We spend most of our time at work, commuting back and forth to work, or thinking about work. Amongst all that, there’s the daily household chores that need to be done, somewhere we fit in an exercise class & drink 2+ litres of water a day, eat healthy, breathe, take a break and try to stay alive!

Everyone is always on the go. I don’t know about you, but lately, my weeks have been filled with people, long to-do lists and busyness. Now don’t get me wrong I’m a get up and go kind of gal, you won’t catch me lying in bed till late morning. But weekends have become this tiny squashed space of time where I run around trying to complete all the tasks I didn’t get done the days, even weeks, before.

But this weekend, I had zero plans. None. Not a dickybird. I had no idea how I was going to fill 48 hours. Around came Saturday evening and all I could think was I’ve done bugger all today, I felt so guilty.  Why should I feel guilty? Why should I feel the need to constantly be on the go? Why do I feel like I’m not allowed to do nothing?

I almost feel like I had to justice my actions this weekend and so, I have come up with 5 reasons why I shouldn’t feel guilty.

1. Recharge, reboot and relax

I asked myself, have I ever felt relaxed after a day at work, followed by running errands, followed by making dinner, followed by a gym session?

No, no I have not.

Then I asked myself, how do you feel right now? Curled up on the sofa with my fluffy socks on, cup of tea in hand and a slice of homemade banana cake watching my favourite film Harry Potter? RELAXED. By resting and chilling out it allows yourself to stop being ‘on’ all the time and gives you the chance to recharge and unwind.

2. Time with your loved one

Henry and I never seem to be doing nothing. I don’t think we’ve ever spent a morning drinking a cup of tea in bed, making breakfast together, lounging around in pyjamas till godly hours of the day. This Saturday we did just that, possibly because Henry was horribly hungover, but still, I’d rather spend it like that and have is company than be waking up  and heading straight out the front door.

3. Thrify

No plans = not spending money. Not spending money = more money. More money = ‘lazy’ millionaire.

4. Helloooo comfy clothes

Now let me just tell you pyjamas do not come cheap nowadays. If I remember correctly my mum always used to say to me, “I hope you’re going to get your money’s worth out of that’. So why not get your money’s worth and wear them all day long. There’s no better feeling than mooching around in cosy, soft clothing.

5. Naps

There is nothing wrong with a little afternoon snooze, especially falling asleep whilst watching a movie. I saw a quote this quote the other day which I absolutely love.

Life is all about finding a balance. We don’t always need to be doing something or have something planned or getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly ok, and necessary, to just switch off.

Love, AR