5 Things To Do for Fall Nights In

By: Yashua Edwards

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Every once in a while, it’s nice to stay in and do a few of your favorite indoor activities. Whether that’s watching a series of different movies or finally getting to that book that's been sitting on your nightstand, taking a break from your responsibilities is a great way to treat yourself. Read on for five things you, as well as your family and friends, can do when going out just doesn’t sound ideal.

Set your Sights on Movie Night

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Ahh, the classic movie night. The number one way, in my opinion, to relax and get cozy on the couch with a blanket, pillows and your favorite furry friend. Choose films you enjoy and love, of course, to complete your cozy set-up. Some of my movie suggestions include Legally Blonde, the Harry Potter films (once you watch one, you have to watch them all) or a Christmas movie marathon! Don't forget the one thing movie nights call for: SNACKS. So grab your popcorn, Sour Patch Kids or your favorite candy bar. You can also do this with a group of friends or your family, if you prefer. The important thing is to relax and enjoy yourself!

Crack Open a Book

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 I don’t know about you, but I love a good book and I absolutely enjoy reading whenever I can. Devoting a day or night to reading, for me, is always a way to finally get to that book you’ve been itching to finish or start. Armed with a blanket, a cup of tea, hot chocolate or coffee in your favorite mug and settling down in a comfy chair is heaven. Not only are all these things relaxing, but there are also mental benefits that are associated with reading. According to an article by SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology) reading makes you more empathetic and intensifies the way your brain functions and connects. As far as choosing a book to kick off these benefits, I highly recommend The Alice Network by Kate Quinn or Caroline, Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller. 

Family Fun

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 It’s important to spend time with your family and what better opportunity to do this then when it’s too cold to want to go out. There are a number of activities you and your family can do but, I think having a game night is one of the most fun. You can play those games you enjoyed as a kid like, Candy Land and Life. Interacting, laughing and being silly with your family is something everyone can enjoy. You can also do this with your college roommates, sorority sisters and fraternity bros! I remember playing Candy Land with my siblings and always wanting to land on Queen Frostine. 

Write to your Hearts Content

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 This may be a personal preference (let’s be real, this whole list kind of is, but I hope you can relate or get some ideas) but I LOVE to write. One outlet is my journal; writing down my thoughts and feelings everyday help me not to be stressed or bring out my frustrations on the people around me. Taking a day to really get things out makes it feel like all worries are melting away and it’s one of the best feelings. 

There’s also filling out an agenda and getting organized. I like having my days planned out and knowing what I need to do and checking it off. From writing down my work schedule to things I have to do for school, writing in my agenda can be very beneficial to relieve stress and balance out a busy day.

Organization Leads to Relaxation

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 When it’s cold, wet and just plain gross outside, it’s good to be a little productive. Let’s say you’ve been wanting to organize your closet, what better time than on a day you want to stay in? Not only will you be able to better locate your favorite sweater, but it can be relaxing to get something done at your own pace and having most of, if not the whole day to do it. You can turn on your favorite songs that you’re currently obsessed with and get things done! I find that being organized and having things clean boost my mood and contributes to me being happy.

 You’ve just completed my suggestions of five things you can do when you just want to stay inside! I hope these help you not be bored out of your mind as well as lead you to some great ideas of your own. The things you do don’t have to grandiose and planned, (unless you want them to be, you do you boo!) they can be chill and relaxing, but above all let them be enjoyable.