From Duvet Days to mindfulness

Today has been another milestone for me. I’ve joined the team of writers contributing to the Wise & Shine blog and have shared my first post over there just now.

In my post I explore the practice of duvet days, suggesting that we should bring them out of the employment arena and using them ourselves to really take control and care for ourselves and our mental health.

From a HR teaching perspective, we used to talk about duvet days – I wonder if thats what I did on Sunday morning (yesterday) as I grabbed myself a duvet day where I put everything on hold to give myself some loving self-care, time to relax and recharge my batteries.

We talk a lot about the need for self-care, looking after our mental and physical health.  One thing I am sure of is that my mentality towards Sunday morning’s duvet day session was something I just did – its not until I sat reflecting as I wrote, that its the first time I’ve taken time out without feeling the need to justify it or having to persuade myself its something I need.

A couple of hours later I was up, but still in my pjs, writing a reflective piece that became this post, I wonder if this is turning into a mental health home spa, if so I wonder what I’ll get up to next – put some essential oils in a burner and curl up with a good book, and maybe go for a stroll around the local park.

The to-do list I had for my day is still there but it can (and most of it did) wait until I’m finished dealing with my mental health to do list.  The reality is not doing my to do list will stress me out, so no doubt, I will address the items at some point.  But meantime, I enjoyed my ‘duvet morning’ and some mental health pampering.  I wanted to hold onto the feeling of calm, contentment that had me cocooned in my bed waiting until I was ready to get up rather than getting up because I was awake.

I guess what this has all reminded me is mindfulness; how if we really take the time to listen to our bodies, they will tell us what they want and need.

Long live duvet day moments.

You can read my post on Wise & Shine here to find out more about duvet days.

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46 comments

  1. I’ve not seen this on my contract lol would be nice, though, but I don’t think this would sit well with the team! 😁 The only time I could ring up on the day and say I’m not coming in is a strike day, and there’s some coming up! (I’m still 50:50 about this, too)

    • I suspect they’d have a policy that no duvet days would be allowed on strike days – just like if you’re off sick even for a day you’d need a sick note – sorry fit note. And no holidays unless they were approved prior to the strike days being announced

      • Just wouldn’t ‘work’ with my line of work, even though I don’t work in the wards anymore. I never did strike, though. I was a scab in the last 2, although I was redeployed to the ward to ‘help out’, which we were told after that employers were not supposed to do. I also don’t care if they called me a scab. lol

        I shall have a duvet day one day!

      • I’m sure you will.
        I dont think my employers would have duvet days either … couldn’t leave classes without cover.
        I understand about the strikes too. Yes, you’re right, management can’t ask us to cover for striking colleagues

  2. “I wanted to hold onto the feeling of calm, contentment that had me cocooned in my bed waiting until I was ready to get up rather than getting up because I was awake.” – Beautiful, Brenda!

  3. 🙂 I see that you have been very busy expanding your horizons by joining a team of writers.

    I always knew that you had it in you.

    Nicely done, Brenda.

  4. Congrats Brenda! Look where all this reflective writing is taking you 🙂 Duvet day is an interesting term, never heard it used before but I understand it perfectly!

  5. read your post. It’s lovely, Brenda 👌🤍

    We need “duvet day” to be added to all work contracts. I’m using your post as motivation at my workplace. 😁

  6. Congratulates may the feather of your pen carry you far. I guess more likely the tapping of the letters on the board.

  7. I’ve never heard of a duvet day. So, thanks for expanding my knowledge and perspective. And yes – mindfulness is of great value in living a healthy life!

  8. It’s so important to take care of ourselves, both mentally and physically, and I appreciate your suggestion to use duvet days as a tool for self-care. It’s easy to get caught up in our to-do lists and forget to take a step back to recharge our batteries. Your post serves as a reminder that it’s okay to take a break and prioritise our mental health. I look forward to reading more of your writing on the Wise & Shine blog!

  9. What a lovely name for it and what a fantastic presentation for it. I just forwarded both links to my boss…she was just discussing the need for mental health days to both me and my assistant manager. 💞💞💞

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope your boss gets some ideas. Mental health days are certainly becoming more popular and it’s good that mental health is finally being taken more seriously by employers as it does impact on them too

      • Thank you! My boss is new to us, and is introducing many different ways of taking care of her staff. Its amazing, wonderful, and is taking some getting used to!

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