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5 Feel-Good Ways to Spend a Night In
In partnership with our friends at Lionsgate
Stay-at-home orders made fast work of exposing time as a social construct. And while we’re pleased as pie for breakfast to let certain boundaries blur, we can use some help winding down at the end of the workday. But without a mass exodus from the office or a happy hour to rush off to, how best to mark the transition? Below, five ways to fill your after-hours with uplifting and inspiring acts of self-care that make it easy to relax—truly relax—into downtime.
MEANINGFUL MOVIE NIGHT
Pump up the positivity with a movie that instills optimism. The Secret: Dare to Dream—the film version of the bestselling 2006 book—is a recent goop-team favorite for reasons beyond the sweet chemistry between the costars. Katie Holmes plays Miranda Wells, a single mother of three who has taken life’s punches as one big lesson in learning to prepare for the worst—particularly when you least expect it. When Josh Lucas’s character, Bray Johnson, serendipitously shows up, he shakes up the Wells family’s modus operandi in mysterious positive ways. Set against the stunning sunsets and storms of Louisiana, this is a feel-good film that’s anything but cheesy. Rather, it’s a reminder of the power of choosing hopefulness, celebrating silver linings, and believing that everything that happens—even the hard things—happens for a reason.
ELEVATE YOUR DINNER PLATE
This pasta is brimming with peak-summer veggies like eggplant and the ever-abundant zucchini, but it’s also easy to riff on based on what’s in your fridge or garden. And when lunch is typically scarfed at a WFH desk (which could be your kitchen table or two throw pillows balancing a laptop), the umami-and-carbs combo feels incredibly nourishing.
Morning meditations are great, but so is brushing your teeth—and often, it’s one or the other. For anyone who finds a state of zen easier to attain with the workday wrapped and the kids in bed, after dark is the perfect time for a meditation sesh. Practicing mindfulness is a no-accessories-required activity, but a few essentials can be helpful: Headspace offers a free trial subscription, the Core meditation trainer has a built-in ECG that tracks your body’s response (as good for gurus as it is for newbies), and you can find some of our favorite guided meditations here.
BEAUTY RITUAL REDUX
This is how the burned out get lit: Start with a full-body dry brush. It’s an allover exfoliation practice that feels like a gentle massage for the skin—with detox benefits to boot. Draw a bath at your perfect temperature, and in the meantime, smooth on a luxuriously soothing face mask made with pink clay and rose water. Before slipping into the tub, add a few drops of UMA’s Pure Calm oil for a blissfully balancing bit of aromatherapy.
goop Beauty G.TOX ULTIMATE DRY BRUSH, goop, $20; uma pure calm, goop, $85; TAMMY FENDER RESTORATIVE RADIANCE MASQUE, goop, $235; SANGRE DE FRUTA GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS HAND AND BODY LOTION, goop, $93
FLEX YOUR CREATIVITY
If you’re stuck staring at the page, remember the goal: Put pen to paper and recognize whatever comes out as perfect, no matter what it is. A journaling session can yield a poem, a random thought, or a drawing of a whale. It can also be a powerful way to put your goals into writing and track patterns and changes in your life as you work to manifest them. For a little help getting into a flow state, check out these tips for getting started, or try using a deck of prompts to get inspired.