You don't need us to tell you that burnout is very real. Sometimes, more than a vacation or a fabulous haircut, self-care means you just need to stay at home and do one thing: absolutely nothing.
So how do you spend an entire day in bed without feeling the guilt sink in by mid-afternoon? It all starts with a well-appointed bedroom that feels serene and clean. Taking the day off does not mean you should revert back to your teenage slob ways. (We all know that only leads to more work and the day-after dread of having to clean up the mess you made.) This day is all about you feeling rested and pampered.
Below, 30 inspiring ways to make the most of it. Stack up your favorite novels, queue up the Netflix, and settle in for a guilt-free, lazy day.
Light It Up
You may not think of it in the morning, but if you're going to spend all day in bed, you'll need adequate lighting for when it gets dark, which can be as early as 4 p.m. in the fall and winter. Bedside swing-arm sconces are great for directional light that you can easily switch on and off so you'll never strain your eyes when finishing a novel in one day. And best of all, you'll never have to leave the bed.
Keep a Carafe
If you don't plan on getting up, make sure you have plenty of water to hydrate throughout the day. A water carafe and glassware should do the trick. They're also something handy to keep by the bed when you get thirsty in the middle of the night.
Use Extra-Fresh Sheets
If you're going to plan an extra-lazy day, make a point to change your sheets the night before. Halfway through your day in, you'll feel less like a total slob and more like John and Yoko during their luxe bed-in for peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel if your linens are crisp, fresh, and perfectly plush—just like in a five-star guest room.
Layer Your Rugs
Nothing feels more luxe than stepping on a soft rug when getting up. So indulge yourself.
If the rug around your bed isn't large enough, layer a sheepskin on top to make sure you feel just as cozy when you get out of bed as when you are in it.
Keep Textures Soft
Speaking of sheepskin, it's not just for floors. You can layer soft textures on your bed, too. Faux fur, cashmere, or mohair will make you want to snuggle all day long with a cup of coffee and a Netflix session.
Don't Make the Bed
Embrace the messy linens trend and let your sheets breathe. If you're going to take the day off, do so completely.
Grab an Eye Mask
Catnaps are pretty much required for an entire day spent in bed. Nothing will give you better shut-eye than the perfect eye mask.
Kick Back in Pajamas
Speaking of shut-eye, it's time to finally invest in pajamas you won't be embarrassed to have your neighbors catch you in. But they should also be ultra comfy and made of cotton, satin, or silk.
Pile on the Pillows
Everyone's favorite part of the bed is the pillow, which may explain the pillow pile-on obsession. If you plan to make it your home for the day, bring on the fluff and stack up five pillows, built a fort, or make your body pillow your best friend.
Get Tech Savvy
We are lucky to live in a high-tech era where there's an app for everything, and our phones are the ultimate multi-hyphenates. So invest in the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. Using your phone as a remote, you can easily find all your favorite shows, adjust the volume, and instantly browse loads of websites from the comfort of your bed.
Up the good vibes in your room by adding indoor house plants to the mix. Being aesthetically pleasing isn't the only thing they have to offer. They can help remove air toxins, reduce stress, and boost your mood.
Warm Up with Tea
The age-old art of drinking tea has stuck around for good reason. Numerous health benefits aside, the act of brewing tea alone is considered to be a form of meditation, and sipping on a cup of hot tea is sure to keep you warm and cozy all day long.