Step 1: Relieve
Start the evening by running a steamy hot bath. Hot water has been scientifically proven to help your mind unwind and your muscles relax. Researchers from Loughborough University have also discovered that a bath is just as beneficial for your body as a workout, so yep, this is your permission to skip the gym. If you don’t have a bath, don’t sweat it, you can still have the luxe experience at home. Simply add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil to your shower floor and the steam will help create an aromatic experience.
Step 2: Reset
To make the most of your night in, make sure it’s a night off. That means no folding clothes, answering emails or doing the ironing in front of the tele tonight. It’s time to create a relaxing space (even if that means hiding the unfolded washing in the spare room). Declutter your living room or bedroom of any messy distractions and set the mood. Use lamps, candles or simply the dimmers, plus avoiding bright lights before bed will also help you catch more zzz’s tonight.
Our top pick: Glasshouse Montego Bay Candle.
Step 3: Refuel
The perfect night in wouldn’t feel right, if it didn’t include some delicious delicacies. To create a smorgersboard worth instagramming here’s our quick guide.
- Choose your base, whether it’s a platter, wooden chopping board or china plate any flat surface will do the job.
- Secondly and most importantly, lay your base, choose a cracker that compliments cheese and dips and spread them in a few places around the board.
- Followed by a selection of both creamy and hard cheeses and a couple of your favourite dips.
- Lastly, add a splash of colour with some seasonal fruits and a generous serving of quince paste or chutney. Ta-dah!
Our top pick: The new Kettle Flat Bread Crackers, the selection includes Sea Salt, Chilli Jam and Burnt Fig (yum!), they go perfectly with just about anything but most importantly a creamy cheese.
Step 4: Refresh
Don’t let the hydrating stop at your beauty routine, whether you’re opening a bottle of rosé or brewing a pot of herbal tea, make sure you keep the drinks flowing and stay hydrated throughout the night.
Our top pick: Remedy’s Ginger and Lemon Kombucha.
Step 6: Relax
Now that you have the essentials down pat it’s time to sit back and trully relax. Put your phone on do not disturb, no seriously do it, add even more pillows than you think you’ll need and snuggle up with a cosy blanket. Select your pasttime of choice, whether it is reading a book or magazine or watching a documentary or rom-com on Netflix and unwind.
Our top pick: New Idea’s guide on what’s new on Netflix this month.
And when you’re done? Don’t forget to schedule another night in, why not make it a reoccuring appointment in your calendar.