We all deserve to get comfy when we’re staying in. Regardless of the season or the reason—be it a personal day, an official staycation, or just a delightful day at home—let’s talk about some of the best ways to get comfy when you’re staying in.
Who says only kids can have pajama days? We all deserve one of these once in a while. There is just something about wearing pajamas that makes you want to relax. They are comfy and don’t have that fitted “going somewhere” feel that most of us associate with a crisp shirt and pants. For the ultimate PJ experience, don a pair of flannel pajamas. They are naturally soft and cozy. Declaring a pajama day in warm weather? No worries. How about flannel pajama bottoms with a women’s tank top or a shorts pair of flannel pajamas? Flannel is cozy year-round.
Why not settle in as opposed to working out? Those hardworking exercise clothes can help you get comfy, too. Women’s yoga pants and cotton T-shirts are fine for the gym but add an comfy chair, a cup of tea, and a good book and you have instant leisurewear. Anything soft and stretchy will fit the bill.
Did someone say sweats? There are few outfits as conducive to relaxing as comfy sweats. If you choose a day in when the weather is frightful, throw on your favorite fleece pants and hoodie and feel the tension ease away.
Most of us don’t think of dresses when we think of getting cozy while staying in, but the right T-shirt dress or caftan can be as comfy as wearing pajamas. If you like them long, you can even tuck your toes under them like a blanket while you’re lounging on the sofa.
There is something breezy and luxurious about wearing a dress just because you want to wear one. It conjures up images of hanging out on a beach, lounging in the sun, or lolling the day away. Sometimes changing up your loungewear is just the ticket to feeling calm and serene.
Bring a little nature indoors with a fire in the fireplace, some candles in wooden candlesticks, or, if the weather permits, a warm breeze and the sound of birds chirping. Buy some flowers for yourself and brighten up your home with a touch of spring regardless of what the calendar says or take the opportunity to start an indoor herb garden. Coax as much natural light into your home as you can. Sunshine is always good for the soul. Opt for little to no technology for a while by putting your phone on, do not disturb, and see how relaxing literally unplugging can be.
Take the opportunity of staying in to engage all your senses. If you like to listen to music, choose something instrumental that fits your relaxing vibe for the day. Play some vinyl if you are into vintage, or if nothing comes to mind, try a new playlist or radio station. You can even ask your smart speaker to “play relaxing music” and it will come up with something for your automatically. Wrap up in an ultra-soft blanket made from natural fibers. Put on your favorite perfume or enjoy some essential oils. If you are new to essential oils, you can put a drop of lavender oil on your palms and rub them together for instant relaxation. Do you have any favorite art books? When was the last time you got them out and looked through them? How about enjoying looking at some family pictures or photos from a great vacation? Take a little time to whip up one of your favorite dishes for dinner or break out the cookie recipes and make an afternoon treat. Chocolate is always a good choice when staying in.
Your feet deserve some pampering. Indulge in extra moisturizer after a bath or shower. Give yourself a DIY pedicure with a fun color of nail polish. Painting your toenails is one of the easiest ways to try fanciful colors. If you need to go somewhere conservative later and you have rainbow-colored toes, all you need to do is put on a pair of shoes and you are back to the buttoned-up look appropriate for the occasion.
Don’t forget soft socks or slippers. They are like pajamas for your feet. Go for toasty warm if the weather is frightful but go super soft either way. Just like when you put on a pair of pajamas, soft socks and slippers will naturally encourage you to relax and recharge.
Staying in can be one of the most delightful experiences ever. Get comfy!