With the festive season coming up, and the weather getting colder, what could be better than a duvet day? Perhaps you’re wondering how to have a duvet day or looking for duvet day ideas. We’re here to help! Here are our top tips on how to have the ultimate duvet day to rest, recharge & recuperate.
In official terms, a duvet day is a formal allowance given by some employers. This allowance for time off needs no prior notice and can help employees to rest and recuperate if they are suffering from work related or even personal stress, tiredness or other mental health issues. This is the official definition and origin of the term ‘duvet day’, but it’s usually referred to in a more relaxed sense.
More informally, a duvet day refers to a quiet day spent at home doing very little, most likely spent a in your pyjamas under a cosy duvet! You could book a day off to spend as a duvet day, or simply block out a day one weekend. Switch off your phone, disconnect from commitments and responsibilities and take some ‘me’ time.
How Does a Duvet Day Work?
If your employer offers duvet days as part of your contract, they work by allowing you to take a day off with very little notice and providing no reason for your absence. They aren’t sick days, so they will be built in to your annual leave allowance.
Perhaps you’re questioning how a duvet day works outside of a work policy. It’s really simple! Just pick a clear day, cancel any plans you might have and do whatever makes you feel most relaxed.
If you’re wondering if a duvet day is good or bad, it’s worth looking at the benefits they can offer to both employees and employers.
- Honesty: allowing open and honest communication helps employees to communicate with their managers when they just need some time out. This can stop staff pulling ‘sickies’ when they’re actually tired or stressed. Encouraging honesty in this way can help foster a culture of honesty throughout a whole company.
- Respect & trust: a ‘duvet day’ policy suggests a level of respect for staff. It shows that the employer is caring, and they also trust their employees to make healthy decisions about when they are fit to work.
- Productivity: when people are allowed to rest and recharge, they’re likely to come back with a new-found energy and focus. This can lead to increased productivity.
- Health: taking the chance to rest and focus on yourself can be great for your mental health. Duvet days can help with feelings of stress, anxiety, tiredness and even depression.
Even if your work doesn’t offer a duvet day policy, taking a day at the weekend or booking a day off in advance as a duvet day can still be beneficial. It’s a time to forget about the outside world and recharge yourself. You can still reap the mental health benefits by scheduling and enjoying your own duvet day.
A recent UK study on ‘duvet days’ by time 4 sleep found that 61% of employees have taken a duvet day. 36% stated tiredness as the reason for taking the day off, bringing this in as the top reason followed by stress and anxiety (33%) and not being in the right frame of mind (20%).
The best duvet days do require a little preparation. If your aim is to do as little as possible on the day itself, it’s helpful to think about your essentials and get prepared beforehand. That way, you might not even need to move from your bed!
Duvet day clothing: dressing for a duvet day is all about comfort. You might choose a onesie or an oversized jumper or t-shirt, but duvet day pyjamas are usually the clothing of choice. Choose your cosiest pj set and get ready to snuggle up!
Duvet day food: you’ll need to stay nourished but cooking on a duvet day isn’t part of the plan. That’s why snacks are a great way forward. If you’re having an indulgent day, sweets, chocolate, popcorn and crisps might feature highly. You could even consider phoning a take away – pizza always works well!
If you’d prefer to take a healthier approach, stock up on dried fruit and nuts for your snacking pleasure. Soup makes a lovely comforting meal too, and it’s quick and easy to prepare.
Duvet day slippers: your cosiest slippers will make your duvet day that bit more luxurious. Anything with faux fur and pom poms tops our list! Bootie slippers really up the warmth level, but if you’re already cosy under your duvet then some moccasins or mules might be just the ticket. Or even just some super-snuggly socks!
Duvet day essentials: for a really perfect duvet day, you might want to gather a few more essentials. Think about all your senses and how to help them feel calm and relaxed. For example, you might enjoy a relaxing scent or some soft, subtle music. Here are some extra duvet day essentials you might want to consider.
- The duvet – you absolutely cannot have a duvet day without a duvet! Newly washed bedding can add that extra ‘ahhhhh’ feeling.
- Pillows – gather plenty. Get comfy.
- A good book – reading can take you to another place and help your brain switch off from the everyday. Keep a good book by the bedside, choose an old favourite or get stuck into something new.
- Pen and paper – sometimes when we try to switch off all we can think of is things we need to do. Keeping a pen and paper handy means you can jot down any thoughts you’re holding on to which will help clear your mind. You might also feel like drawing or doodling to keep your hands busy.
- Craft items – if you’re a craft lover, taking the time to make something can be very therapeutic. But this is a personal preference, if it’s not your thing it can end up feeling stressful so it might be best avoided!
- Beauty products – whilst resting your body and mind, you might also want to treat yourself with some at-home pampering. What works for you will be down to preference, you might enjoy a manicure or pedicure, foot spa or face mask.
- Candles & scents – the right scent and lighting can do wonders for your mood. Create a relaxing ambiance with candles and soft lighting. Choose a scented candle you love or use a scent diffuser to fill your room with essential oils.
When you’re resting under a duvet, watching a great film is the perfect way to switch off and transport yourself to another world. But when the key is mental rest and relaxation, it’s important to choose the right flick. Good duvet day movies are easy to watch, uplifting, thought provoking and entertaining. Here are some of the best duvet day films:
- Avatar (2009) – a film that literally transports you to another world. The ultimate in escapism.
- Interstellar (2014) – epic and thought provoking.
- Mamma Mia (2008) – fun and romantic. Perfect if you want a good singalong!
- La La Land (2016) – experience the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.
- Eddie The Eagle (2015) – an uplifting story about how far you can’t get if you persevere.
- Notting Hill (1999) – sometimes you can’t beat a classic romance.
- Love Actually (2003) – a heartwarming film, ideal for this time of year.
- Bridesmaids (2011) – an amusing story of friendship and love, sure to get you giggling!
- Dirty Dancing (1987) – love. Nostalgia. What more could you want?
- Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) – when we’re having a down day, we can all relate to Bridget’s struggles. She’s sure to brighten up your day!
Ready for your Duvet Day?
Cosy up this winter and make sure you take at least one duvet day. You might just be surprised at the benefits it brings. Enjoy some ‘me’ time and have the perfect duvet day. You deserve it!