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.
Read on for 30 inspiring ways to make the most of it. Then 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 three novels 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—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 at the St. James Hotel if your linens are crisp, fresh, and perfectly plush—just like in a five-star guest room.
Layer Your Rugs
Nothing feels better or more luxe than stepping on a plush, soft rug when getting up. So indulge yourself. You deserve it.
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 were in it.
Don't Make the Bed
Embrace the messy linens trend right now, and let your sheets breathe. If you're going to take the day off, do so completely.
Kick Back in Pajamas
Speaking of shut-eye, it's time to finally invest in adult pajamas you won't be embarrassed to have your neighbors catch you in. More importantly, if you're wearing it all night and day, they should feel ultra comfy whether they're 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, we are all for it. Bring on the fluff, and stack up five pillows, built a fort, or make your body pillow your best friend. Just get cozy.
Splurge on Silk and Satin
When it comes to lounging, spring for anything silk or satin. Nothing feels better against the skin, and if you happen to run warm, you're less likely to overheat in these materials. Whether it's your sheets, blankets, or pajamas, go ahead and slip into something more comfortable.
Surround Yourself with Art
Creativity is the best cure. Simply observing and being in the presence of art that brings you joy can immediately destress and uplift you. Select some wall art or creative decor that makes you happy and you'll never want to leave the room.
Get Tech Savvy
We are lucky to live in an era of high tech where there's an app for everything, and our phones are the ultimate multi-hyphenates. Netflix and chilling has never been easier than with 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. Aside from being aesthetically pleasing, they instantly bring numerous benefits that are much needed on a day in bed. These benefits include reducing stress and improving mental health, lowering background noise, improving air quality and focus, and boosting immunity and moisture in the air (goodbye, dry skin).
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.