As Winter approaches I like nothing better than staying in, no plans made, nowhere to go and I couldn’t be happier. Don’t get me wrong I do love getting glammed up every now and again, high heels on, glass of fizz in hand, creeping back in in the small hours. Then sometimes after a busy week you long to recharge, shut the laptop, turn off the phone and just savour those precious moments at home.
I don’t need to give you hints or tips as to how to do it, I think we all have our favourite ways of unwinding and making the most of our down but these are a few of the things that I find irresistible to me. When I get the chance to do more than one of these rituals together then I have succeeded in creating the perfect night in.
As the day draws in I like nothing better than to light many candles. The warm glow creates the perfect atmosphere to start relaxing. Light the fire, put the kettle on and curl up in your favourite chair with those books you’ve been meaning to read for a while and haven’t quite got around to yet. I also like indulging and losing myself in a good film, wrapped up in blankets on the sofa, movie night is another way to escape, to drift off into another world for a while you simply can’t beat it.
Whilst you are in no rush there is nothing nicer than to draw a warm scent filled bath, to soak away those knots, breathe deeper and slower while immersed in the warm water. Fill the room with candle light, maybe enjoy a good glass of wine and stay there until your fingers get all wrinkly.
Something that my husband and I like to do is cook, through the week evening meals can be quick and rushed as we all do our daily tasks, homework to be completed, clubs to go to, meetings to attend. On one of those rare evenings that it is just the two of us, there is nothing more satisfying than to make a meal together, taking our time preparing, laying a table, talking about the day, creating new plans without any time constraints.
Then my all time favourite of all favourites for a perfect night in is to get into bed ridiculously early. Comfy and cosy, fresh bedlinen, books and magazines at the ready, blankets to snuggle up in and a warming cup of tea. Truly it doesn’t get any better than the cocooning sanctuary that is the duvet. To be able to fall asleep when relaxed and rested, enjoying a good nights sleep and to wake refreshed and renewed, there is nothing that can top that, not in my book.
This post was inspired by National Sleep Comfort Month and the online mattress company Leesa