I’ve just finished a fantastic book by a favourite author of mine and it got me thinking. Sue Townsend’s The Woman who went to Bed for a Year tells the story of… well, just that actually! Fed up with her life, Townsend’s protagonist Eva simply climbs into bed and resolves to stay there for a year. What a cracking idea, love!
With the stresses of modern life, there comes a time when we all feel like climbing under the covers and staying there for the foreseeable future. While we may not be able to go the extremes of this literary character, there are some days when it’s forgiveable to treat ourselves to an indulgent ‘duvet day’.
Here’s my guide to the ultimate lazy day in bed.
The perfect environment
It’s a good idea to start with the basics and make sure your bedroom is up to job of harbouring you for a full day of relaxation.
Obviously, the bed is the most important thing. Aside from investing in some crisp, new bedding, it’s also worth considering a new mattress. I love sinking into my bed at night, so I was intrigued when I heard about memory foam mattresses. They’re designed to mould to the shape of your body for optimum comfort, so they’re perfect for us lazy bones who like to while away the hours in bed.
Take a look at the best foam memory mattress deals at Zleeps. As well as a ten year guarantee and free delivery on all orders, they also offer a 60 night free trial on their beds – so if you've never tried foam, you can test it out to make sure it’s for you.
When I'm planning a full day of chilling out, I like to give my bedroom a good clean, so that I can relax without the temptation of getting up to run the hoover round. Getting rid of any clutter also helps you to relax and de-stress, as does lighting a few aroma therapy candles.
I like to get myself a supply of goodies and all of my favourite things to snack on, which means that I have to get out of the bed as little as possible.
However, as a self-diagnosed tea addict, even I think plugging the kettle in beside the bed is a step too far. You’ll just have to accept that the occasional trip to kitchen (and the loo) is unavoidable. When I'm forced to leave the cosiness of the bed, I make the experience all the more bearable by having my woolly slippers to slip in to. I love these Fair Isle booties from John Lewis and I’ll definitely be investing in a pair to keep the winter chills off my tootsies!
I hope you don’t think that I lie in bed awake, staring at the ceiling! My relaxing days in bed are when I catch up on my favourite shows. If you use your iPad to watch most of your TV, as I do, and you haven’t invested in Apple TV - do it now! It means you can sit in bed or on the sofa and catch up using services like iPlayer or 4OD on the big screen, without even having to move!
It’s pricey (£100 if you want to buy it online from the Apple store) but well worth the investment if you ask me.
Should I have enough of my shows, I also like to have a few magazines to flick through and a good book to lose myself in. If you’re planning an upcoming ‘duvet day’, I can’t think of any better recommendation than the book that inspired me to plan my very own hibernation session! You can buy Townsend’s book, here from Amazon. Enjoy!