10 Rules for Having a Lazy Day

I’m no doctor, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that it is a fact that a lazy pajama day every once in a while is very important for your physical and mental health.

This past week was the busiest week I’ve had since Luna was born. The two of us ran the roads together all day everyday… we had appointments, errands, shopping, dinners, a school play and even a Russian New Year’s party. I love being busy, and made sure to keep extremely busy before I was a Mom. However, everything is more exhausting when it includes toting along a newborn.

Here we are at my former place of employment watching Peter Pan.
Here we are at my former place of employment watching Peter Pan.

Luna was so exhausted last night that she slept for 7 straight hours! I, on the other hand did not sleep at all. Totally not fair. I also learned that if you go seven hours without nursing it turns into a painful mess. I don’t recommend it. So, today I refuse to get dressed, cook or leave the house. Today is a lazy pajama day, and it requires strict rules.

One tired baby
One tired baby

Here are my 10 Rules for Having a Lazy Day

1. Do not get dressed. Wear your pj’s all day. If someone spits up or pees on you then change into other pj’s or yoga pants. Don’t even think about putting on a bra or shoes. Don’t dress your kids either. Luna has only worn diapers today.

2. Do not leave the house. Going outside and enjoying the sunshine (Hello! It’s sunny today!) is acceptable, but avoid all neighbors.

3. Do not cook, or use dishes for that matter. Let’s face it, if you are like me this might be the first day you have time to clean in weeks and you don’t want to add anymore work. Eat on paper plates, paper towels or just right out of the carton. Eat frozen foods, fresh fruit, raw veggies or snacks…no pots or pans are allowed.

So exhausted after running errands all day
So exhausted after running errands all day

4. Wear your dirty hair on top of your head and do not wear any makeup.

5. Watch lots of TV. Catch up on everything on Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go. Nothing that requires too much thinking though…only mindless television, like the Kardashians and re-runs of Saved by the Bell. And, then wonder how you never noticed that Tori Spelling is in random episodes of Saved by the Bell.

6. Drink coffee and tea. Savor it.

7. Snuggle on the couch with the whole family, pets included.

I wish I slept so easily
I wish I slept so easily

8. Then, get away from everyone for some alone time. Read a book in bed, take a long hot bath or whatever you  can do by yourself.

9. Sleep late, take a nap, go to bed early and catch up on all that sleep you’ve been missing.

10. Do NOT feel guilty. I repeat, do NOT, under any circumstance feel guilty. We all deserve/need a lazy PJ day every once in a while. It’s healthy.

*I just remembered one more very important rule… We’ll call it 10.5: Leave your phone in another room for at least half the day. You do not need to be available 24/7.

What do you like to do on your lazy days?

Cheers!