It’s so easy to get caught up in Twitter threads, Instagram feeds and email inboxes that we forget not only that it’s okay to take time off, but how to take time off. If you want to be at your optimum productivity and/or creativity level every single second of the day, I’ve got news for you: it’s impossible.
Whether you like it or not, your productivity/creativity battery will run low and you need to take time to recharge. One of my favourite forms of self care is having a cosy night in; I always wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Without further ado, here’s my go-to guide for the perfect cosy night in!
Fresh sheets are a game-changer.
If possible, save your wash load for the day of your cosy night in, so you can enjoy freshly washed sheets for ultimate cosiness and relaxation.
Write a list of things you need to accomplish the next day.
This way, you won’t spend the evening worrying about errands needing done on the following day. If you’ve got them on paper, you can spend your whole evening taking your mind off work-related things with the knowledge that you won’t forget anything important the next day.
I use my daily journal to keep track of my to-do list.
Put on your chillout soundtrack.
Turn some music on that’ll put your mind at ease and help you to unwind.
My go-to playlist on Spotify is ‘Jazz Vibes’, which is basically really similar to a lot of the slow synth/jazz songs that YouTubers play during montages of their morning routine. You know the ones I mean.
Go a step further when you cleanse your face.
Makeup wipes have been #exposed in recent years for actually being bad for our skin. They can rub the makeup into our skin instead of off of our skin; they can leave chemical residue; sometimes they even contain alcohol which is bound to dry your skin right out. I look back on the days when I used makeup wipes and I think ‘Damn, how young and foolish I was’. This was about a year ago but I still can’t get over it.
I now use Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad every morning and evening to cleanse my face. Not only has my skin cleared up, but my face feels so much more refreshed afterwards, too. My next purchase is definitely going to be Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser!
Use a facemask.
Yep, those 1950s film star divas that demanded facemasks in their dressing rooms were right. Facemasks are the way forward. While you’re at it, why not pop some cucumber slices on your eyes?
Switch up the chilled out soundtrack for a podcast, if you’re up for it!
I enjoy listening to podcasts while my facemask does its thing – you can check out some of my favourites here!
Have a hot shower or bath with your favourite products – even if they’re a little on the pricier side.
The heat from the shower will allow your muscles to relax and filling your bathroom with your favourite scents is always a good idea. Don’t forget to use your favourite body moisturiser afterwards!
Pyjamas: the ultimate cosiness-enabler.
My go-to is ASOS – they just know what they’re doing when it comes to all things nightwear. Side note: ASOS Premier delivery is the work of saints.
Room service (well, almost).
Give yourself the night off food prep and cooking – my go-to is Prezzo on Deliveroo!
Bingewatch your favourite Netflix films or series – enjoy having something on that you’re actually focusing on, rather than in the background as you scroll through social media.
I’ve got an upcoming blog post on my Netflix favourites, so make sure to check back if you’re looking for some recommendations!
Snacks, snacks, snacks.
Eat your favourite biscuits. Have a hot chocolate. Heck, open a box of chocolates! You know the kind you buy for other people? Get one for YOU. In fact, you could make your own batch of cookies – baking can be so therapeutic (and rewarding!) too.
I hope you find this post useful in terms of both motivation to take time to do some self care, and as a reminder that you deserve it.
What are your essentials for a cosy night in?
featured photo: BareFaced Mag
photos: Hello Flo / Crossbow Printables / Sidewalk Hustle / The Anna Edit / my own / Florida Kiloss on Pinterest / Prezzo / Delish / Amara