Thursday, February 21, 2013

How to cure laziness?

We are all having busy schedules whether we are students, parents, spouse or working all-time. We need to take care of our studies, families, deadlines, works and many more hence will decrease our energy level. When our energy level has declined, we tend to procrastinate and being lazy and not to forget, we also tend to give so many excuses for not doing all the things that we are suppose to do. This procrastination too may caused you to delay your prayer, suffer at the school and not to do well at work.

You might ask yourself, how to deal with this habit? How to overcome procrastination?
Here are few tips that you can consider to cure this bad habit of yours:

1) Make du'a

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Our Prophet Muhammad PBUH has taught us a du'a :

اللّهُمَّ إنِّي أعُوذُبِكَ مِن العَجزِ وَ الكَسلٍ

"O Allah, I seek refuge in you from incapability and laziness."

Prophet Muhammad PBUH teaches us to make this du'a to protect us from the disease which is laziness. Laziness is actually a disease of the heart which we cannot see by our naked eye, but this disease has a very bad prognosis which can lead to other problems.

Try to memorize this du'a. Whenever you feel so bored, lazy or tired, simply make this du'a and seek refuge in Allah.

2) Adjust your sleep habit

A person once said that, " If you want to have a successful day, you need to sleep on time." It is true. In this modern era, we have high-speed internet, smartphones and all those social networks like Facebook and Twitter that make us difficult to sleep on time. We use to check our email, Facebook notifications, or watch something on Youtube before we go to the bed and thus make us staying up so late and reduce our sleeping time. Thus, when we wake up in the next morning, the quality of the whole day is not at the maximum level. 

The amount of sleep you need on regular basis for optimal performance depends on various factors and one of them is age. For school-age children, they might need 10 to 11 hours of sleeping while adults might need 7 to 8 hours of sleeping. The quality of your sleep also plays an important role as much as your quantity of sleep. If your sleep is frequently interrupted or cut short, you're not getting quality sleep. 

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So now, try to adjust back your sleep habit. Make sure you go to the bed on time and lastly, avoid taking meals and caffeine close to your bedtime.

3) Be physically fit

Be physically fit doesn't mean that you need to be athletes like Usain Bolt or Muhammad Ali. It also doesn't mean that you need to have the gym membership. All you need is to be healthy to live an active lifestyle and beat procrastination. 

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There are so many things that you can do to keep your body healthy and increase you physical and mental energy. Just simply jog for 30 minutes for three times a week. If you don't like jogging, you may try to go for swimming and other physical activities. 

4) Take care of your eating habit

Having a good eating habit is really important. Nowadays, people don't really care much about what they eat. Because of the limited time and hectic lifestyle, they prefer to have fast foods which are not good for health. Overweight and obesity are so common and become the major problems, instead of malnutrition and infectious diseases. Obesity can cause many health problems such as coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke, pulmonary diseases and many more. 

So, to conquer laziness, one should really take good care of his or her eating habit. Eat nutritious food and drink plenty of water. Avoid oily and high carbohydrates food. Control your daily sugar and salt intake and not to forget, don't skip the breakfast. Breakfast is really important for you to stay energetic for the whole day. Skipping breakfast is a common strategy for those who want to loose weight because they think they could cut the calories, but unfortunately, it is not a really successful strategy. When you don't eat breakfast you may feel so hungry by lunch time that you eat more foods than you normally would. You may also be tempted to choose foods that are not the healthiest choices such as junk foods when you feel like you're starving.

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Laziness is truly a disease and we really need to make serious effort to fight in. It is the source of our weakness and defeat. So, what are you waiting for? It is time to challenge ourselves, improve our lifestyle and beat laziness and procrastination InshaAllah.

without wax,
haniyahaya :)