A night out every once in a while can be a lot of fun. However, too many social events can get overwhelming and it’s important to take time to take care of yourself. Staying home when your friends are going out doesn’t make you antisocial or boring. If you need some me-time, you are more than entitled to it. Listed below are some ways to make your quiet night relaxing and fun.
1. Face Masks
I am a huge fan of the cheap sheet masks at Urban Outfitters. They’re cheap and refreshing and make me feel like I’m getting my life together. If you’re looking for a high-end option, however, Origins has some great peel-off masks that will make you feel like a new person with better and brighter skin. My favorite is their GinZeng mask which tones and brightens the skin. There are also a few recipes online of how to make your own face masks with stuff you have in your kitchen, but I definitely recommend testing the mixture on your wrist before you put in on your face to make sure your skin doesn't react poorly to it.
When I’m in the mood to snack, I usually always crave a smoothie or cereal. So I combine the two and make a smoothie bowl topped with granola and goji berries if I happen to have them. However, if you don’t feel like making a smoothie, I suggest cutting up an apple with almond butter or caramel. I know it’s so easy to get chips from the vending machines (and I have done this one too many times) but I promise a healthier alternative will make you feel better, inside and out.
3. A Good Podcast
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Recently, I have discovered a love for podcasts after a friend recommended that I listen to NPR’s “Fresh Air” episode on a show I am obsessed with called “The Crown.” The podcast was an hour long and super informational. After listening to it, I felt more knowledgeable and slightly productive. If you haven’t gotten into podcasts yet, I suggest listening to some episodes from “Fresh Air” or if you’re looking for something light and fun, check out David Dobrik and Jason Nash’s podcast, “Views” - it’s pretty funny and easy to listen to. Also, you can put a podcast on in the background and clean your room or make dinner and you don’t need to worry about missing anything. It's so convenient!
4. A Calming Playlist
Sometimes committing to watching a movie or a TV show is too much and you just need to create a good vibe in your room. I suggest creating a playlist on Spotify or choosing a pre-made one from their selection of “mood” playlists. While you’re listening to some good tunes, you can paint your nails, write in a journal, or just zone out.
5. Comfy Pajamas
If you’re wrapped up in some comfy PJs or a soft blanket, you will feel instantly relaxed. Also, it’s freezing in Boston right now so the more layers, the better—even indoors. I also feel a sense of satisfaction when I’m wearing matching pajamas, it’s almost like I have it all together.
It’s not hard to make do with what you already have. You don’t need an extensive amount of “stuff” to feel fulfilled or have a good time. What’s important is that you give yourself time to decompress.