There’s something about getting (just a little bit) old that makes you loose any interest in going out and become obsessed with nights in.
Because really, I don’t care what you say, high heels and minis, eye-wateringly overpriced pints at the pub & vodka at the club and the mother of all hangovers the next day have nothing on a night spent cuddling up on the sofa with a cup of tea bigger than my head and something nice on the telly.
I do hate myself a little bit for sounding like an 80-year-old, but then again, nothing says self-care quite like a solo night in… Fellow introverts, follow my lead!
Step 1: Pyjama time!
Well, that’s a no-brainer isn’t it? To be comfortable, you have to be, well, comfortable! And as far as I’m concerned, nothings quite beats PJs for that.
I have a burger-printed Primark pair that I wear every opportunity I get, but I’m not saying I won’t try to get my hands on those mermaid leggings soon…
Step 2: Comfort food
But then again, to each their ways with comfort food and if salads or dips & chips are more your thing, go ahead (and maybe pop a lil’ invite in the mail for me next time?)
A small sweet treat (chocolate and cookies at the ready!) and many a biiiiiiiig cup of tea absolutely compulsory (the new Hampstead Tea herbal range is perfect when you just want to put your feet up and relaaaaax)!
Step 3: No work, no chores, no social media.
Put that phone down will you? I know it’s tough, but disconnecting will do wonders for your brain and stress levels.
As hard as I find it to do so, stepping away from social media and the internet always helps me get back down to Earth and get the creative juices flowing again.
Step 4: Mini pamper
While you’re at it, take this opportunity to let your skin breathe. That means, make up off, face mask / face oil on!
And if you can bring yourself to it, maybe a little mani/pedi work too? (Since I started using this, I actually find doing my nails relaxing!!)
Step 5: Fun times!
You can’t go wrong with a little bit of TV (both Chef’s Table and the newest season of Grey’s Anatomy are current faves of mine!), a good book (if you’re into crime novel, The Girl Before is the best thing I’ve read since Gone Girl… #justsaying) and a little bit of adult colouring quality time!
What are your top tips for the perfect night in on your own? Anything I must try next time?