Self Care vs Being Lazy - What's the difference?

So many times we confuse the term self care with being lazy as they are surprisingly tied together. If you spend an afternoon relaxing, taking a long bath & binge watching Netflix, is it being lazy? May be... May be not!

Let’s look at the difference. . .

Being lazy means you are avoiding tasks that you should be doing where as self care is re-charging yourself so you have energy to do those tasks efficiently.

You see, self care is about taking time out to rest & taking care of your body so you can -

+ be more productive & efficient

+ take care of those around you

+ reduce stress & anxiety


Whereas, laziness is complete opposite of this. When you are lazy -

+ you are less productive

+ you don't take care of yourself & those around you

+ you are more stressed out


Everyone's idea of laziness is different. You can say if a person is being lazy or taking care of oneself by looking at them & observing their circumstances.

If you are 30yrs old, with no job, living with your parents & being supported by them financially & yet you refuse to go out & groceries -- it's called being lazy.


If you are a mom of 3 kids, working full time, going to gym, taking care of the entire family & decide to spend the Sunday watching Netflix & taking long baths because the kids are at their Grandma's -- it's called practicing self care.


So, who gets to decide if you are being lazy or taking care of yourself? YOU!

Only you can listen to your body & interpret the signals it’s giving out. Self care is listening to your body and the only person who can effectively do that is YOU! It's not being selfish, it's giving yourself an opportunity to fill your own cup before you pour into others.

Therefore next time you don’t feel like doing something ask yourself - am I being lazy or does my body needs some time off to rejuvinate?