Who knew there was an International Sloth Day??!! Apparently, this day was created in 2010 by the AIUNAU Foundation, a non-profit conservation, and wildlife organization based in Colombia. The unofficial holiday raises awareness about the life cycle and natural habitat of the Sloth. The day also calls on people to learn more about these native South and Central American animals.
According to the AIUNAU Foundation, sloths are in danger of extinction due to deforestation and fragmentation of habitat, and a mortality rate of over 90% of illegally captured and trafficked animals.
The slogan for the day is “Learn from a sloth to enjoy every moment of our daily life”.
Sloth (laziness) is one of the seven deadly sins in Christian philosophy, but it seems that one of the reasons for the slow movements of this endearing creature is that it can take almost one month for them to digest a meal of leaves.
When you think of how quickly we in the West tend to eat, and how we allow no time for proper digestion of our meals, it seems we could learn a lot from the sloth.
We could also learn how to slow things down and relax. When was the last time you had a day of rest? When did you last have a day of doing nothing? Whatever your religious or spiritual persuasion, these days our sabbath or holy day is often just another day for catching up on chores or even work.
Endless studies have shown what a killer stress and overwork is, so why not celebrate International Sloth Day by having an actual day of sloth? 20th October is a Saturday so make the most of the excuse to rest. Some suggestions:
- Stay in your pyjamas all day!
- Perhaps use this opportunity to give your hard-working digestion a rest by having a liquid day of juices/smoothies/soups
- Turn off the mobile phone and email
- Watch lovely movies, read entertaining books (no newspapers – too stressful!)
- Soak in the bath
- Get an early night
Impossible to do that at home? Book yourself in for a slothful weekend reboot at Homefield where you can do all of that, and enjoy some wonderful pampering treatments as well!