From Sex and The City to Vanderpump Rules, women grow up thinking adult life is all about the cocktails. Every Friday and Saturday night twenty somethings everywhere hit the bar scene hard, spending much of their hard earned paychecks. This has occurred so much so that it’s said millennial women have re-invigorated the wine industry in a way it hasn’t been before.
I am guilty of being a party to this lifestyle through my mid-twenties. I spent my weeknights at happy hour and drinking my weekend nights away. Today, I still love a good red as much as anyone. One day things changed for me. You could say I saw the light. Someone who once defined FOMO, didn’t want to go out much anymore. I hated how much I was spending and I hated the amount of nights I came home and passed out before doing anything productive.
Today, I rarely go out on weeknights and instead go to the gym or cook. I try to keep one weekend night free to decompress and spend time alone. I’m an introvert at heart and this helps me re-charge. For those of you looking to cut back on your nights out, even just a little, I wanted to share how I make the most of my new lifestyle.
Go to bed early – On week nights, I’m home around six at night and I go to bed at nine-thirty to get a full eight hours. Since I’m skipping happy hour, I have time to cook or go to the gym and still chill out before going to bed.
Read a book – My favorite thing to do before going to bed is spending fifteen or twenty minutes reading. However, after one or two drinks, forget it. I’ll pass right out. Some nights I have chosen to turn down a drink just so I can read a little before bed.
Netflix & Chill – Especially for those in a relationship. If you’re man is going out, stay in and take advantage of having the place to yourself. Catch up on all the girly shows and chick flicks your heart desires. (I’m binging Tiny Homes as I write this!)
Spa Night – Give yourself a manicure. Do a facemask. Take a bath. Make it a night all about relaxing and feeling good.
Count Your Savings – Staying in on a Saturday, as I write this, I guarantee I’m saving at least forty dollars. I can transfer that right into my savings account to help meet my 2018 goal of saving more. Save for a truly special night out!
Even if you’re not as diehard a homebody, you may find choosing to stay in a few more nights a month incredibly enjoyable. It’s so important to take time for yourself and give your body a detox. Happy you night!