On day 113 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I settled on staying in as my act of self-care.
Friday night is typically “date night out” for my husband and I, but last night we decided to stay in.
Quite honestly, sometimes going out just requires more energy, even when staying in means there will be cooking and cleaning involved. For me, it’s easier to relax and unwind at home.
The first quarter of this year has been filled with near-excessive amounts of travel for us, so it was nice to finally have a weekend off, where we could just relax and listen to a few records. Not to mention that staying in is cheaper, more restful, and leaves space for more intimate conversations.
Molly Young’s recent article “Is Staying In the New Going Out?” offers a humorous glimpse into our culture’s new-found love affair with staying in. I’m certain this trend has something to do with our progressively demanding work environments. I mean, who doesn’t want to retreat to their PJ’s after a week from hell?
I was just talking with someone earlier this week about how difficult it can sometimes be to set boundaries around our free time. There are opportunities to go and do everywhere you turn, and it’s easy to get sucked into over-committing if you aren’t careful.
When you’re exhausted and don’t feel like going out, staying in can be a form of self-care. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.