It’s almost Friday afternoon, and you’re still in bed. You had your alarm set to get to the gym at 7 this morning, but obviously that got snoozed. Your roommates are already awake, ready, and out of the room, so there goes your motivation to get brunch with people. Your to-do list is 15+ things and growing, much like the pile of laundry in your hamper. You could be taking advantage of the SoCal sun, or be productive at your favorite coffee shop. Maybe play some ball with the boys, and catch up on your Political Science readings.

But it’s okay. Stay in bed. Watch The Office for the fifth time. Why leave the room for brunch when your freezer’s stocked with Pizza Rolls? Feel free to doze off again for a couple more hours.

As a college student, I’ve learned that it’s not a big deal to not be up and ready to function by 10 in the morning. Sure, it might make you a bit anxious to know that you could be doing something other than laying in bed all day, but we know we all deserve that rest. Don’t feel obligated to hit the beach if you’re not feeling the sand and sun. Don’t fret if your friends are heading to the mall to buy outfits for one of tonight’s parties. There will be more beach days and parties. It’s college.

You deserve this day off. You’ve been studying your butt off for midterms and you practically slayed that last speech you had. You’ll survive if you decide to occupy your mind with memes and Jim and Pam, instead of delving into the dark depths of Greek mythology.

At the beginning of the school year, I never wanted to stay in the room all day. I felt like I was being too lazy; I should be taking advantage of any free time I have. I always made sure I had plans set up, if I wasn’t studying or going to the gym. Of course, adventuring throughout a new city is always fun. So is making new memories with new people. But I’ve learned that it doesn’t always have to be “go, go, go,” and you don’t have to always pressure yourself with the “time is money” business.

Treat yourself to alone time so you can recuperate and tackle everything you need to get done, later in the day or maybe the next day. I feel like if I didn’t have a lazy day to get my rest in, I would constantly want to nap and that would ruin my productiveness. This would result in me going to the market to buy a couple of Starbucks Doubleshot Expresso cans, and I know for a fact that they’re not good for my health.

Don’t feel guilty about having a lazy day. You need it, trust me.