Today Is 'National Stay At Home Day Because You’re Well' Day

Good news, lazy folk - today is National Stay at Home Day Because You're Well Day. Finally, a national day for people like me. It's about bloody time.

The national day was set up by a couple of geniuses called Thomas and Ruth Roy, who reckon that employees should be able to call into work one day a year to say they're not coming in, but without having to go through the hassle of blagging they're unwell.

So, no need to call up with a fake cough - simply ring your boss tomorrow and tell them: "I won't be in today, I'm well."*


The point of the day is to raise awareness of how busy we all are, especially at this time of year as we gear up for Christmas and have to add Christmas shopping and extra social occasions into our diaries.

The day aims to give people a chance to relax and unwind, and even offers some suggestions on what you can do with your extra day off, such as work on an art project, read a book, take a nap or plan your next holiday.

A description from the totally-reliable-and-not-out-to-get-you-fired website Days of the Year states: "The point of this holiday is to take a moment to just slow down and enjoy life, seeing as how it has become so very hectic over the recent years, what with the endless barrage of phone calls, text messages, emails, voicemails, etc. that we are faced with on an everyday basis."

Sounds good to me.


For those taking part, or wanting to drop some hints to their boss, there's even a hashtag - #stayhomebecauseyourewellday - that you can use if you fancy pulling a Ferris Bueller tomorrow.

Tomorrow's national day is not to be confused with National Pull a Sickie Day, which traditionally falls on the first Monday in February and sees work-shy employees putting on their best fake cough and calling into to tell their boss they won't be able to make it in.

According to the Sun, the reason for it falling on the specific day is a combination of factors, including it being the first Monday after the end of Dry January, the first Monday after the first payday of the year and it being the day after Superbowl Sunday - in 2019 National Pull a Sickie Day will land on 4 February, so get thinking of a good excuse now.

*Disclaimer - I and LADbible take absolutely no responsibility for you inevitably getting handed your P45 if you try this. However, if you do try and it works, let me know.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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