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. This day is all about you feeling rested and pampered.
Below are 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.
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.
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.
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