Health and Wellness

How To Stop Being Lazy And Take Care Of Yourself

7 Bad Habits Of Lazy, Unsuccessful People And How To Break Them

When you think of laziness, what do you think of? I picture someone laying on the couch with a bag of potato chips. That’s not really being lazy though. In order to determine laziness, you need to look at the bigger picture. Self care is taking care of yourself. Laziness is not! Want to know how to stop being lazy? Read on!

I’ve never been the lazy type, but I do have lazy days. Growing up, my parents were always go-getters. Very busy, productive and hard-working people. And, they still are. That’s something that has been instilled in me.

So, when I take a day off for some self-care, I often feel guilty. Like I was being lazy. So, I just had to explore the differences between being lazy and practising self care.

Let’s check out the differences so you can determine if you are in fact lazy or just taking care of yourself:)

What Is Self Care

It’s a term we hear so often these days as us millennials talk about the importance of practising self-care. I’m sure their parents are cringing at the term and thinking it’s just an excuse to be lazy. But, is it?

Self care is:

  • Taking care of yourself
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Exercising
  • Resting
  • Saying no to things you don’t want to do
  • Educating yourself
  • Setting goals
  • Recharging
  • Taking time for hobbies

Self care is improving yourself, inside and out.

It can be a saying no to an invite because you don’t have time to go. Or taking a day off when you are over-worked and exhausted/sick.

But it’s not about avoiding responsibilities.

You can’t say no to everything because you don’t feel like going and you when you’re done being sick/tired you’ll have to catch up on all the dishes and laundry you let go. It’s about finding a good balance between taking care of yourself and your responsibilities.

When the balance is off, one side will be lacking.

What Is Laziness

Us millennials are often accused of being lazy and slapping the title of self care on it!

But is taking a bubble bath instead of doing the dishes self care or laziness? Asking for a friend… I think it’s probably self care if you have two kids, a full time job and a headache. But it’s likely laziness if you don’t have a job, and are perfectly healthy.

What are the bad habits of lazy people?

Laziness is:

  • Eating chips for dinner
  • Being unproductive
  • Not setting goals
  • Staying up late to watch Netflix and then being too tired to function at work the next day
  • Procrastinating
  • Avoiding physical activities
  • Poor eating habits
  • Overspending
  • Overeating
  • Overindulging
  • Oversleeping
  • Ignoring your responsibilities

I am not saying you’re lazy if you do those things.

Take Care Of Yourself

Everything in moderation. It all depends on your lifestyle and how often you indulge in these ‘self care’ routines.

Lazy people often feel guilty after they’ve overate, overslept, overspent so they call it ‘Self care’ and say ‘I deserve it.’ But, if you’re buying $8 mochas on the regular, instead of using the home Keurig, I would feel guilty too.

Self care is about recharging your mind and body so you can be better!

If done right, self care actually helps you to be more productive, reduces stress and anxiety and makes you happier! That’s real self care.

It’s normal to have a lazy day every now and then. Even the most successful people do! So don’t feel guilty about taking a day to chill and do nothing. It’s actually good for you.

What’s bad, is ignoring your responsibilities and forming a habit of it.

The occasional lazy day isn’t an issue. But, when you’re constantly feeling lazy, you might need to take steps to change. Life is too short to waste. You’re not making the most of your time if you’re being lazy on a regular basis.

How To Stop Being Lazy

Address the cause of your laziness and take control of your time with these strategies:

1. Are you lazy or just procrastinating? Are you really lazy? Maybe you’re just dreading what you need to do. The result is the same, but procrastination is often mistaken for laziness. Consider why you’re failing to take action. You might just have an issue with procrastination.

2. Low motivation. Motivation is hard to generate without taking action. Motivation is more of a symptom than a cause. Take action and then motivation can follow. It’s not easy to act when you simply don’t feel like doing it, but it’s an important skill to develop.

3. Fatigue. Fatigue can lead to laziness. It takes a certain amount of energy to do something and maintain a positive attitude. Imagine trying to get things done after a night of only three hours of sleep. Of course, you’re going to feel lazy. Get some rest if you need it, so you can start anew feeling refreshed.

4. A lack of interest. Some tasks are boring or inconsequential to you. It’s like when your dad wanted you to clean out the garage. You probably didn’t care if the garage was clean or not as long as you could get to your bike without too much difficulty.

● Ask yourself what the benefits are to you. Maybe you do gain something by taking this action. For example, you might not like practicing the piano, butyou will improve and can play beautiful music in the future.

5. Hopelessness. When you expect to fail, it’s not easy to feel excited and full of motivation about doing something. Laziness is often a symptom of hopelessness – the belief that your time and effort won’t make an impact on your life.
● Prove to yourself that you can impact your life. Set a small goal and achieve it.

6. Indecisiveness. Some people aren’t lazy. They just can’t make up their minds. You can’t take action if you don’t decide. Choosing something is better than choosing nothing. Pull the trigger and do the best you can. Things have a tendency to work out if you take action.
● Think about your values and what you want to accomplish in your life. This can make one option stand out over another. If you truly can’t decide, rolling dice is better than standing still.

7. A lack of direction. Do you have goals? Do you feel like you have a purpose in life? A lack of direction can lead to indecisiveness and a lack of motivation. Many people aren’t sure what to do with their lives and decide that doing nothing is better than doing the wrong thing. This is faulty thinking. Any progress is better than none. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get started.

Are you lazy? Or is it something else? It really doesn’t matter, as long as you know the reason for your lack of motivation. Once you figure out the cause, you can work at it and improve yourself.

So, what do you think? Are you lazy? It’s okay to be lazy sometimes as long as you’re taking care of business and you!

You can break those bad habits, stop being lazy and take care of yourself!

Steph Social



  1. Tammy Johnson says:

    I get what you are driving at, but something to keep in mind is mental health. Is it laziness or depression? Laziness is an issue – no doubt. And any action is better than no action. And there is a distinction between self-care and laziness! Basically be mindful of your terms. I appreciated your article and the be proactive was a good reminder for me.

    1. So very true!! This article has been super popular lately and I appreciate your point 🙂 It can be hard to pull yourself out of a funk when you’re dealing with depression but once you do, it can really improve your mood to be productive!

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