Ahhh, finally, a free night! Between work, family, a social life, and any number of other responsibilities, most people rarely get a night off just to relax at home. When one of those cherished evenings happen, it shouldn’t go to waste. Here are five ideas that will make a lazy night at home the best it can be.

  1. Order Food Online: Getting take-out is a must of any successful night in. Luckily, technology has made it even easier for someone to order delivery. Ordering online makes deciding on a restaurant, saves time, and can either be used for a pick up or  for an order to be delivered. Online food delivery is quick and easy and can get someone started on a great night in.
  2. Reconnect: Quiet nights alone are nice, but they’re even better if they’re shared with someone. When someone has a free night, it can be the perfect opportunity to reconnect with a friend. Inviting someone over for dinner, a movie, or just a long conversation is great for both people and for the friendship. A lot of experts today are worried that technology is replacing personal relationships, sometimes to a dangerous degree. We can forget how important face-to-face interactions are. A lack of personal connections can not only affect mental and emotional health, but studies have shown that people who have ,minimal to no social interaction are more prone to illness and chronic disease.
  3. De-Stress: A quiet night in is the perfect time to focus on reducing stress. There are many easy stress relieving activities that can be done at home. Take a bath, read a book, do yoga, listen to music, and go to bed early. This is also a great time to turn off the cell phone and the computer. A night in can be wasted if it’s used for things like catching up on emails, taking on extra work, or other demanding activities. A stress-free, quiet night is just the thing everyone needs to re-energize and take care of themselves so that when they get back to real life responsibilities they can do the best possible job.
  4. Make it a Date: Going out to dinner or to a movie is so expensive. It’s easy to spend over $50 on a date, depending on where the night leads. On the other hand, a quiet night at home is cheap, relaxing, and can still be as special and fun as going out. Couples can get as creative as they want with a night in, from rewatching the first movie they saw together to setting out a blanket and having an indoor picnic. A great date doesn’t require an expensive dinner, spending time together and having a nice night in will be just as great and save them money.
  5. Feel Accomplished: Even with a lazy night can be productive. In addition to taking care of their health with a calm night, those lucky people with a night off can use that time to improve themselves and the space around them. Exercising and cleaning might not sound fun to everyone, but once those jobs are over the rewards are definitely worth it.