The best feeling after a long day at school or work is coming home and putting on an oversized t-shirt and sweatpants to sit on the couch for hours and watch Gossip Girl or Sex and the City reruns. We complain to our roommates about our hard days while we idolize how effortlessly Blair Waldorf and Carrie Bradshaw look beautiful when they wake up in silk pajamas and an eye mask. We may not be New York royalty or get paid $4.50 per word we write in Vogue, but we deserve to pamper ourselves.
Buy cute pajamas, not for someone else, but for you. Buy the expensive night cream to put on your face every night. Take a bubble bath before you get into bed, even if you’re tired and don’t have the time. Taking care of your body at night will make you feel that much better about yourself in the morning. I’m in a happier mood when I wake up already showered and my hair blown out because doing more the night before means doing less in the morning. I know how tempting it is to come home and throw your clothes on the floor and hop into bed, but make it a habit to clean up around you before falling asleep. Even if you have to stay up a little bit later, sleeping in will feel so much better.
If you wake up looking pretty, I can guarantee you’ll feel like royalty when you stretch out your arms and smile at the sun shining through the window. Half of the burden of waking up is your body fighting getting out of bed, but the other half of the burden is your mind not ready to take on the day. Wake up feeling like your best self, even if that just means that you’re bathed, or maybe that you wear pearls when you sleep like Carrie Bradshaw.