I’ve been chatting with Time4Sleep about the importance of a totally indulgent duvet day.
The research1 by Time 4 Sleep found that the main reason for UK employees taking a duvet day, is when they’re feeling tired, with 36% of people stating that this is why they would consider taking a day off. This was closely followed by feeling stressed and anxious (33%) and not being in the right frame of mind (20%). With 34% of people believing that duvet days are a good idea, and 36% stating that they help with stress and anxiety levels, it’s no surprise that they’re on the increase.
Many companies these days offer ‘duvet days’ as a perk of the job, with an allocated number of annual leave days being reserved for employees to take a short notice ‘duvet day’.
Jonathan Warren, director at Time 4 Sleep, said: “It seems that people are beginning to take their mental health and wellbeing much more seriously, with duvet days becoming more prevalent in the UK. Looking after yourself is so important, especially in stressful environments such as the workplace.”
“It was interesting to see just how much of an impact some time out can have on your mental health, from an expert’s point of view. If you’ve been feeling stressed recently, a day of relaxing in bed or at home might just make all the difference in helping you to feel refreshed again!” Check out the five signs you might need to take a duvet day over on the Time4Sleep blog.
I kinda think for me the importance of relaxation and sleep has been pushed down the list of vital things to do. My current busy work/home/family lifestyle consists of cramming everything in, rushing from one thing to the next and working flat out to achieve it all meaning, time for relaxation, a good nights sleep and a lazy lie-in has definitely taken a squeeze!
But here’s the thing… relaxing is actually really important and brings a whole host of health benefits and makes me feel good, really good, and much happier.
Now a duvet day isn’t something I’d done before – sure I’d had lie-ins but an actual whole day in bed isn’t something I’d typically ever do, unless I was really sick. However, I was more than happy to give it a go and so, I spent the day in bed, a thoroughly indulgent duvet day.
A few little essentials for my duvet day
- A really comfortable bed.
- Fresh bedding – preferably line dried for extra loveliness.
- Book – I always need a good book to dip in and out of.
- Magazine stack – I mean who doesn’t like a stack of new magazines to read in bed?
- iPhone – I like to flick through social media, read a few blogs and all my playlists are on my phone, if I’m relaxing I like to do it with music.
- TV – I LOVE watching TV in bed and I always have a boxset on the go.
- Food – I bought nice food and treats just to make my day extra special, I ate breakfast and lunch in bed and it was heaven!
A duvet day is just the perfect way to relax! It feels oh so good to just luxuriate in a dreamy laze and shimmy between the sheets for the day just letting the time go by. My duvet day left me feeling really happy, relaxed, refreshed, and I’d totally enjoyed just spending time focusing on just me and nice things. It was perfect! These duvet days are obviously too good to miss out on as I was joined by a mini-invader!
I’m already planning my next one…. so when’s your duvet day?
1 Survey of 1,005 people in the UK carried out by The Leadership Factor in March 2018.
Disclosure – post in collaboration with Time4Sleep – for full details of my disclosure policy please read here.