Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, every once in a while it's a good idea to stay home for some peace and quiet. Hanging out with friends is fun, but who doesn't love some good old-fashioned “me time”?
The next time your parents go out of town, instead of calling your friends for another movie night, you can use these seven tips to make the best of your night alone.
- Treat yourself to a spa day. You don't need to go somewhere expensive to have a nice, relaxing spa day. Stressed? Light some candles, turn on your favorite music and put on a face mask with natural ingredients like honey and coconut oil. If you've got dry skin, try adding some natural salts and almond oils to a warm bath, and you'll come out with incredibly smooth skin. And hey, why not even pamper yourself a little more? Get out your favorite nail polish and give yourself a pretty mani-pedi.
- Do some baking. Now is the perfect time to get out that recipe book your grandma got you for Christmas a few years ago. Trying new recipes and foods is a great way to learn something and indulge in some tasty treats. There is literally nothing better than a night spent eating red velvet cake and butter cookies. Also, if you have leftovers, you could give some of the cookies to an elderly neighbor or to a friend who has been going through a rough time.
- Start a new TV show. If you've had a busy week, there's no better time to catch up on the newest television shows everyone has been talking about. Maybe your friends have been begging you to watch the newest season of Downton Abbey or Sherlock. Or you might never have gotten around to watching some classic television shows like Friends or Doctor Who. A Friday night is the perfect time to settle onto your couch with your comfy onesie and a blanket and get lost in a fictional world.
- Have a dance party. Remember you're home alone, so you don't need to worry about looking crazy while trying your hand at the "Whip and Nae Nae" dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to get your blood flowing and get in a great workout. If you're someone who doesn't enjoy the traditional method of hitting the gym, put on some comfy sweats and dance to your favorite song! If freestyle dancing isn't your thing, you can follow along to the steps of an online Zumba tutorial.
- Talk to an old friend on the phone. You don't have to be secluded from society just because you're spending some time alone. Call up an old friend or someone you haven't talked to in a while and have fun rekindling the friendship.
- Start writing a book. Reading a book is a great way to spend a Friday night, but writing your own book is even better! Pull out some pen and paper or a laptop and start writing. You probably won't finish it all in one day, but you can get a good head start.
- Dedicate the night to God. Take some time during the night to pray and read the Bible, especially since there won't be any distractions. Tell God how you've been feeling throughout the week and ask Him how you can glorify Him in the next week. Use the time to thank Him and praise Him for all that He's done through art and music. You can have a worship session and jam out with God to your favorite contemporary and gospel artists. Or you could draw or paint something to show gratitude for his many blessings. If you've pulled a bit away from God during the week, maybe you can use this time to get right with him again by listening to a sermon or reading a faith-driven novel.
How do you like to spend a night alone at home? Share with us in the comments below!