I have noticed a trend, both in people I know personally and others I follow on YouTube, and it’s been slowly driving me nuts. It’s a trend I mostly see in women who not just work hard, but overwork themselves to the point of burnout several times a year. And it’s this:
If and when they finally do take a break, they say some variation of “I’m having a lazy day.”
No. You’re not.
You’re resting. You’re recovering.
There is a difference, and it’s a significant one.
Even if you think you’re saying it as a good thing, e.g. “I’m having a lazy day because I deserve it,” the word lazy is negative. Because definitionally, it’s a crappy character trait.
Rest, however, is a good thing. Not just a positive thing, but a necessary one.
You’re not lazy, you’re TIRED.
You need to give yourself a break in more way than one, and avoid falling into the trap of feeling bad or guilty for doing it.
Sincerely, someone who learned––and is still learning––the hard way.