A Three-Part Formula for a Chill Night In
In partnership with our friends at Avocado Green Mattress
You’re not leaving the house tonight. You put away your to-do list, slip into something snuggly, and reunite with your couch. What happens next can go many ways. We’ve been leaning into a certain formula for our nights in: It starts with some deep breaths, involves some pampering, and ends with puzzles and something to laugh at.
WITH GRATEFUL POWER
Whether you’re settling in after a big day or continuing a mellow one, you can put yourself in a chill mindset for the evening with meditation. That’s not to say you have to clear your mind for thirty minutes to have a good time: A short, focused session—like this five-minute gratitude meditation with yoga instructor Gustavo Padron—can prompt the kind of emotional shift we’re looking for when we’re winding down.
Even if you’re meditating for just a few minutes, it can be helpful to have a space carved out for the practice. For some people, that’s a corner of the room full of cushions and crystals and candles. If that’s you, it sounds like you know what you’re doing. Forge ahead. If you lean toward simplicity, you’ll still benefit from an intentionally chosen space and a comfortable place to sit. We like to clear a spot—at the foot of the bed, on the living room floor, or wherever works—and plop down on a meditation pillow. This one is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and filled with buckwheat hulls that hold up with use. It gives the right amount of support no matter how you’re sitting. And in a pretty, goop-exclusive white, it looks at home in any setup—simple spaces and elaborate altars alike.
The perfect headphones for guided meditation are noise-blocking and unobtrusive. Powerbeats fit the bill: They’re wireless, so you won’t be bothered by cords or tethered to your phone or computer, and noise-isolation technology keeps outside sounds from becoming a distraction. For the same reasons, they’ll be just right for a dance around the kitchen later on in the night.
Even if you’re not a cushions-crystals-candles person, you’re probably at least a candles person. This one lives up to its name: Pure Calm. The scent is subtle and well-balanced, with Ayurvedic essential oils of chamomile, lavender, vetiver, rose, and geranium (all from flowers grown on founder Shrankhla Holecek’s centuries-old family estate in India). It might be the smell of total bliss. Light it before your meditation and leave it burning until bed.
If you’ve journeyed out to your meditation cushion, here’s where you migrate back to the couch.
EAR AND THERE
Ear seeding, a healing tradition derived from auricular acupuncture, is one part DIY activity, one part calming ritual, and one part putting on pretty jewelry. The ear seeds themselves are small, gold-plated beads attached to round stickers, which you stick to specific acupressure points on the ear using a pair of tweezers. The end result looks like a constellation of teensy studs. They also feel really good. Ear seeds work best over time, and you can keep them on for three to five days—but try giving them a tap or a gentle squeeze for extra oomph.
This ear seed kit has a map of ten of the most popular points on the ear. If your intention is to chill out tonight, we recommend starting with point zero and Shen Men—two areas considered master points—to get started.
These stick-on patches are soothing under your eyes and, if you pop them in the fridge beforehand, extra cooling. They’re filled with a blend of cactus extract, aloe vera, arbutin, and vitamins C and E to refresh the delicate skin around your eyes in just fifteen minutes, and they come in a pack of three—so if you’re doing this night in with a partner or two, there are enough to go around.
These are the slippers you develop an emotional attachment to. The ones you barely leave bed without pulling on. They’re handmade from suedelike leather that’s both cozy and durable. The backs fold down (so you can wear them as slides) or pop up to hold your feet more securely. And when they inevitably catch a spill, you can stick them in the wash and they come out looking and feeling like new.
For slumber party vibes: Break out a puzzle, put something light and soapy and pretty to look at on the TV, and whip up something warm to sip on.
PIECE IT TOGETHER
A puzzle should be pretty, sure. And it should be tough enough that you can lose yourself in it for a few hours, but not so tough that you want to scoop up the pieces and abandon the whole thing after you’ve finished the easy parts. This one gets it right: It has enough going on that you won’t get stuck with a sea of plain white pieces to agonize over after you’re done with the buildings and trees. It’s made by the folks behind Girls’ Night In, a newsletter about having fun without going out; they seem to have mastered the art.
If you’re doing a night of TV and puzzles, a frothy, creamy cup of hot chocolate might be mandatory. You can always go old-school with a packet of Swiss Miss, but if you’re into the idea of a cocoa that feels a little more grown-up—and does double duty as an evening wellness tonic—you might want to pick up a box of Four Sigmatic’s mushroom hot cacao. It’s not too sweet, has hints of cinnamon and cardamom, and contains reishi mushroom extract. It tastes way better than you’d expect for a mushroom drink, and it hits just right for a chill evening in. Add whipped cream or mini marshmallows to make it feel just as festive as the other stuff.
These days, it’s easy to stream anything but hard to decide what to commit hours of your life to. We have three recent-ish Netflix suggestions to suit every mood: The first is the soapy and mindless Emily in Paris. You’ll ooh and aah at the Haussmannian architecture and pretty shots of the Seine while wondering, with delight, if the writers have ever met a French person in real life. If you’re looking to be overwhelmed by beauty, try the documentary My Octopus Teacher, which is the mezmerizing story of an unlikely connection between free diving filmmaker Craig Foster and, remarkably, an octopus. And if you’re into meaty, well-executed dramas, The Queen’s Gambit delivers—it’s a tightly paced seven-episode miniseries centered around fictional chess prodigy Beth Harmon.