For some people, myself included, one method of routine self care involves a night in. That’s right: as an introvert, I need some dedicated time in the comfort of my home, without any outside pressures of being social and talkative and done up.
While I am a firm believer in weekend travel and exploration and adventure, I’m only human. Sometimes my mind, body, and soul require a little down time—a chance to recover and refuel. The mountains and hot springs and breweries will be there next weekend.
My recipe for the ultimate night in is pretty straight-forward, though timeless.
Things that make for a perfect night in
1. Comfort is KEY
If I am hanging out at home, it’s a requirement that I need to be as comfortable as possible. At the minimum, this includes sweatpants and a baggy t-shirt, with a fuzzy blanket nearby. Other factors may include:
- my hair in a messy bun
- no make-up on
- glasses on, contacts out
- fuzzy socks
- a soothing face mask
2. Easy food available
If I’m being honest, the last thing I want to do on a lazy night in is cook. And it’s likely that my husband will feel the same. So, the solution often lies in either grabbing some fast food quickly (I’m a sucker for fries), or ordering a pizza. Our delivery items are limited in our small town, so we typically only have one or two options.
There’s nothing quite as comforting as digging into a slightly junky cheat meal when in the midst of a night in. Snacks, like popcorn or chocolate or ice cream, are also appreciated, though planning is required.
3. Screen time
A night in is one of those opportunities for me to dive into my screen of choice. Usually this involves either binge watching a TV show or putting on a movie, while also scrolling through my phone.
What I’m watching entirely depends on our moods. I’ve been known to enjoy brand-new movies, continue our television marathon, and watch something that requires our full attention.
I fully endorse heavy screen time on my Friday or Saturday nights, especially after a long week of Trying To Be Better.
4. Perhaps a beverage or two
If it’s the weekend and I’m really ready to relax, I might enjoy an adult beverage. I’ve been really into fruity and sweet wines lately, though I would never object to a sour beer. Champagne is always a fun addition, especially if we also have orange juice. If I’m feeling extra spicy, we will make Moscow Mules or some other vodka-mixed drink.
Cheers to a night in, I say!
5. Optional (but preferred): my husband
Though I’m perfectly happy spending some quality time with myself and choosing whatever I’d like to watch, I am happiest when I get to share my night in with my favorite person.
I think we all have someone who we feel completely comfortable with, and prefer to spend your spare time together. For me, it’s my sweet and cute husband, who doubles as a best friend and fellow introvert. Ideally, we’re together, both in sweats, swaddled in blankets, and smiling our way through a fry-induced happiness.
When mixed together, the result is a night-in of sheer perfection, coziness, and ease. A little lazy never heart anybody.
What does your ideal night-in look like?
Cheers to the weekend,