When you spend most of your day cooped up in an office, it can often feel like the day’s slipped from your hands and there’s nothing else to do than get home, have dinner, and go to bed. But if you’re looking to break out of that vicious cycle, why not try something different? There are plenty of things to do at night, like getting back to that book you put down months ago or catching up with friends who you haven’t heard from in months.
Whether you’re spending the rest of the night by yourself or you’re spending it with friends and family, these things to do at night will help you keep your mind off work. They’ll also help you relax after a long day and get you ready to tackle the next one.
No matter what you’re looking to do with the rest of your night, here are a couple of our favorite ideas.
We can get so involved with our daily tasks that we often forget about reaching out to friends. If you have a free hour before going to bed, take some time to catch up with them. And no, don't just text them. Sit down with a nice cup of tea (or a glass of wine) and talk it out.
If you'd rather talk to your friends face-to-face, invite them over for dinner. You don't have to make it a big production. Every guests can bring their favorite dish and make it a potluck, or you can all cook together! Don't forget to decorate!
What you'll need: Twinkly lights ($12, coterieparty.com)
There's nothing better than lounging on your couch while wearing your comfiest pajamas. It doesn't really matter what you end doing with the rest of your night, but you'll feel much more comfortable and relaxed if you do it in the comfort of your PJs.
What you'll need: Lounging pajamas ($45, wearlively.com)
It can be hard to stick with your nighttime skincare routine when you're too busy fi up dinner and helping the kids with their homework. Make sure to take some time before bed to catch up on your skincare routine and try a new face mask that'll hydrate your skin. Don't forget to turn on some candles to create ambiance.
What you'll need: Olay Hydrating Gel Mask ($20, target.com); candle ($36, otherland.com)
Most nail places are open at night to accommodate clients who can't make it during the day or on the weekends. If you're not really in the mood for splurging, get a mani-pedi at home.
What you'll need: Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish ($10, target.com)
Take some time to reconnect with your partner by spending the night together, eating at your favorite restaurant, or indulging on a bottle of wine. If you don't want to spend too much money, you could simply go for a walk together and get ice cream.
Pack a workout bag in the morning and make your way to the local gym to take a spin or a HIIT class after work. Not only will it be beneficial for your health, you'll also be able to sleep so much better once your head hits the pillow.
Why not shop during the weeknight? The stores will most likely be empty during weeknights and you won't have to fight anyone for that last pink blouse in your size. And this is probably one of the best ways to unwind after a long day at work.
You could save some money at lunch the next day by meal-prepping the night before. Simply prepare a quick 30-minute meal, pack it, and you'll be good to go.
What you'll need: Food storage containers ($30 for 16, .com)
One of the best ways to leave the day behind and focusing on what's to come is by journaling. Rather than ranting to your friends about your horrible day at work, write it all out. Once you close that book, you'll have a clean slate for the next day.
Going to the movies by yourself (or with the kids) after a long day at work is a great way to sit back and relax. Treat yourself to some popcorn to end the night on a good note.
If you really don't have anything to do once you get home, why not go to bed early? We're sure you'll want to catch a few more hours of uninterrupted sleep, which will make you feel rested the next day, ready to tackle whatever you have going on.
No matter what you end doing once you get home at night, don't think about work! Maintain that work-life balance and refrain from talking about work while spending time with friends, your spouse, or your family.