Is technology causing more harm than benefit?
Everyone goes through phases of feeling lazy in their life. Who doesn’t like relaxing? Whether it’s being a couch potato in front of the television, playing video games, snuggling up on your phone or just chilling out doing nothing. But if being lazy has become a regular habit in life, then you may have a serious issue and its time to really reflect.
There are many reasons why people become habitually lazy. Whether they have no ambitions or because they’ve become overwhelmed by life, have low self-confidence or are hiding from personal pain/issues, the end result is usually the same – (when they realise how lazy they’ve became), the self-esteem plummets even further and the never ending cycle starts.
But never fear! There are some simple ways to help break the habit of laziness and to help get your life back on track.
- Mostly importantly, the inner critic has to be reset. Mentally referring to the self as lazy only encourages more negative thinking. Positive self rectification is what’s needed.
- Set small achievable goals and increase them each day/week.
- Try to get outside for a small amount of time each day. Whether it’s just a walk around the block/local park or some time in the garden, spending time with nature and the outdoors is revitalising for the soul (and helps to get the blood pumping). Going to the gym is not only healthy for the body (improve your cardiovascular system, strengthen your muscles) but it’s also good for boosting your mental health.
- Reading a book regularly sharpens your mind and lowers your stress.
- Make plans to work towards, both for the short term and long term. Even if it’s just simple things to start with, like doing something around the house for a set amount of time followed by a set amount of ‘relaxing’ time as a reward. Having a goal to aim towards can help mentally overcome lazy tendencies.
- Limit your escape routes of distraction. Try downloading apps like StayFocusd, WasteNoTime or Block Site which help to limit distractions on the computer. Put your phone at the other end of the house on silent mode and hide the gaming controllers out of sight. If it can’t be seen, it can’t be a distraction.
- Try to get at least 8hrs of sleep on a regular basis. Experts advise that cutting out screen time at least an hour before bedtime can help individuals obtain a better quality of sleep, meaning that a person will wake up with better energy supplies in the morning.
- For more energy, avoid eating oily, sugary and processed foods. Try snacking on almonds or yogurt for a more natural type of energy boost rather than relying on foods that give a short term sugar kick
- Be realistic with your goals and remember that setbacks will often happen in every avenue of life – no one is perfect. Don’t let one hindrance or failure deter you from reaching a goal, especially when it can be a life changing achievement.
- Don’t forget that it’s important to reward yourself for your achievements acknowledging the fact that you’ve made it to one of your goals.
- Lastly, sitting on your phone or television and watching people all day (in all forms of entertainment) is not only unproductive, but you should realise that you are watching people that are productive in their own lives. Individuals that are doing what they enjoy/desire and most likely getting paid to do it. They would never sit around and watch you. They have better things to do with their lives than to sit around and give their attention to you. So don’t be watcher… be a doer.