7 Lazy Day Survival Tips

7 Lazy Day Survival Tips

We all need them, but they can be harder than you think.
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Time seems to move faster and faster as I grow up. So fast that it is so hard to find time to relax and recharge myself. Finding a lazy day in the craziness of life is imperative to maintaining good mental health. However, sometimes it's hard to stay lazy if you're a busybody always on the move. Here are some quick tips to help you relax and enjoy your lazy day.

1. Find a comfy spot (or two) and take in every ounce of your surroundings

It is important to make sure you feel comfortable in your surroundings when you pick your lazy day spot because you're going to be there for a while. If you absolutely cannot stay in one spot for a day, then find a new spot, just make sure you aren't going to a new spot too quickly. Bonus tip: try not to make your comfy spot your bed. There's a difference between your lazy day spot and your sleep spot.

2. Make sure you still eat food

It is so easy to forget this part, but it's important. Make sure your portions aren't too big otherwise you will consume far more calories than you are burning. Find the perfect balanced meals for your lazy day and you're good to go!

3. Call a friend to come over if you get lonely

You never know who else needs a lazy day, and sometimes it can be fun to just hang out with a good pal. However, make sure you are still getting your rest and allowing yourself to recharge at the same time.

4. Find a good, binge-worthy show

There are millions of shows to pick from, and it will help time pass by quicker if you find yourself completely invested in a new story line.

5. Keep the amount of time spent on social media to a minimum

Reply to your Snapchat streaks, scroll through your Instagram, retweet a few things on Twitter, then go back to focusing on you. You can always go back and check in a few hours, but nothing is going to change in five minutes that you won't see in a couple hours.

6. Feel free to look at your planner for a few minutes, but put it away later

I know how hard it can be to just sit and think about all the other more productive things you could be doing with your day. If that stresses you out, take ten minutes to look at a planner and make time to accomplish those things. Then, put the planner away and trust your plan.

7. Go to sleep at a reasonable time

Personally, when I have a lazy day I tend to lose track of time, and suddenly I look at a clock and it is 2:00 a.m. Make sure you keep an eye on the time and go to sleep earlier than you normally would. Lazy days will make you more tired than you may expect, so make sure you get rest by sleeping, too.

If you keep all these tips in your back pocket, I promise you will have the most successful lazy day ever, and you will wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to take on the world!


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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.
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It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?

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When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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