32 Self Care Night Ideas to Enjoy a Fun Solo Date Night!

This post goes over how to have an amazing self care night!

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Did you just have a really busy week and are ready to have the perfect self care night?

As someone who has been stressed out at work, I sometimes just want to come back home and do something relaxing and not boring.

Lucky for you, we are going to go over some amazing self care night ideas and essentials you will LOVE to have!

Let’s get started!

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Self Care Books to Unwind

Best Self-Care Books

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

In the mood to read fun self-care books to add to your self care night list?

One of my favorite books to recommend is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson because he goes into depth about not letting situations in life mess with other parts of your life.

2. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Another great book is Atomic Habits by James Clear which has TRANSFORMED how I stick to my workout, blog and night routine.

Eventually the small things you do today will have an effect that future you will thank you for.

3. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero’s book You Are a Badass is a great “pick-me-up” book that anyone can take something positive from.

I plan to re-read this book soon because I read it about 3 years ago and miss the feeling of opening this book.

Want even more book ideas? Definitely check out Best Books to Start a Reading Habit for Adults.

Easy Self-Care Night Activities

Enjoy an At-Home Massage

Unwind from a hard day and untense your muscles with an at-home massage!

You can massage your feet, back, or neck with your hands or use massage tools such as a neck and back massager.

Meditate at Home

A quick 5-minute or 10-minute meditation could be all you need to change your mood.

There are plenty of meditations on YouTube and apps to look into.


After a long day, it is nice to create an entry or a few sentences talking about your day.

Since starting to write in my bullet journal a few years back, you would be surprised to see how much you change and evolve from just a few lines written!

Make an Affirmation Jar

Fun self-care activities are the key to having a great self care night. 

One fun activity is creating an affirmation jar! All you need is a jar, paper, and pens/pencils.

Enjoy a Dimly-Lit Bubble Bath

A great way to get ready for bed, is to enjoy a relaxing bubble bath.

Imagine candles, bath salts, and a clean YOU ready for the next day.

If you want to enjoy a spa night:

Start a Series of Daily Selfies

You know those cool videos you see on social media where someone takes a picture of themselves everyday for 15 years?

How about starting a series tonight that you can cherish in the future.

Bedtime Kit in a Jar

Going to bed with all your favorite bedtime essentials can be a drag when they are laid all over your nightstand creating clutter.

A helpful self care idea is to make this bedtime kit in a jar to put all your night routine essentials.

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Binge Videos, Shows, or Podcasts

Enjoy a nice day at home by relaxing and watching your favorite influencers, sitcomes or podcasts!

If you have the time, you can also watch a fun, light movie that is easy on the mind. Enjoy some fun movie night snacks while you’re at it!

Make a Travel Self-Care Kit You Can TAKE ANYWHERE

One of the best ways to keep having time for yourself, EVEN ON THE GO, is making a travel self-care kit!

Spend time today to include all the mini self-care essentials. Future you will thank you when you have everything necessary and aren’t home.

Catch Up with a Friend

Your friends are a video chat or call away!

A great self care idea to include in your bedtime routine (and your best friend) is a quick call to talk about your day. Definitely a great idea if you barely have time to be with friends because of work or kids.

5-Minute Cleaning

When I mention a “quick cleaning”, I mean you don’t have to clean your whole house to have some environmental self-care in your life.

In 5 minutes, you could declutter your nightstand and wipe your bathroom counter so it is ready for the next day.

Listen to a Relaxing Music Playlist

Depending on your mood, turn on your favorite playlist.

Enjoy your at-home spa day and enjoy your cozy night in.

Self Care Movie Night Ideas

movies to watch on a self care night

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Is it safe to say that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before will become a millennial classic? 

Starring the amazing Lana Condor and funny Noah Centineo.  Romance, comedy, drama in high school. Yes. Okay, moving on.

The Christmas Prince

The best part about The Christmas Prince is that it is a cheesy, yet cute, Christmas series that is easy to binge-watch. I watched this in July once lol.

It stars Rose McIver and Ben Lamb.  The movie explains how a journalist and Prince named Richard met and their love story throughout 3 movies.  My favorite character is Princess Emily (played by Honor Kneafsey) because of her sass.

Age of Adaline

I might be a little biased because I literally watched this movie yesterday, but Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively is a great movie to watch to appreciate life and smile.

This movie really made an impact on my perspective of aging in life (our society REALLY gives aging a bad rep ughh) and gave me reassurance about the beautiful things that come with growing older.

TV Sitcoms to Binge-Watch at Night

Self-Care Night Essential: Fun Sitcoms to Watch!

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls has a special place in my heart because I would love to live in a city that feels like Stars Hollow.

If you love the idea of seeing a cute relationship between mother/daughter and all the chaos that comes with neighbors supporting one another, you will enjoy the show.


Friends is a great sitcom to watch when you just want to laugh and enjoy light, fun binge-watching.

It is my go-to show when you want to feel you have friends around but just want to be alone in your jammies.

The Big Bang Theory

This recommendation is for my fellow gals that love nerding out and romance.

If you can get your hands on The Big Bang Theory, your Star Wars, science brains will LOVE you.

How I Met Your Mother

This show is a great binge-watch if you love being kept in the shadows of who the freakin’ mom is!!

I have watched this show 2 times and given it is 9 seasons, that says a lot.

Home Movie Night Essentials

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Movie Night Care Package

For your solo date night, you will want to have MOVIE SNACKS.

You can go the DIY route and gather snacks like popcorn, chips, and candy.  The easiest option is to buy a pre-made set like this Redbox movie night package.

Microwave Popcorn Popper

A self care night with movies ESSENTIAL is having a microwave popcorn popper.

All you have to do is put kernels inside and microwave them (I love them and my BIRD loves them).

Popcorn Toppings

If you are going to be having a weekly self care Sunday, that means you will also have POPCORN weekly.

Season that B with popcorn seasoning shakers.

Evening Self Care Essentials You’ll Love

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Weighted Blanket

I have had a weighted blanket for 2 years and my sleep improved so much after buying it for my bed (I had trouble staying asleep prior).

My weighted blanket is from Luna and I was able to choose a duvet cover for it that matches my bedroom.

White Luna Weighted Blanket on Amazon
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Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush

While you have your before bed shower or bubble bath, try using a scalp massager to really get the shampoo bubbly.

Sometimes I have just stood in the shower scrubbing away until my head felt nice.

Neck and Back Massager

One of the gifts I gave my dad for Christmas was a neck and back massager.

He told me that he uses it a lot after a difficult day at work. A great self care night essential to add to your shower routine.

Scalp Massager

These scalp massagers look a little intimidating, but at first scratch, you will be happy to use it.

Just have a brush ready because your hair might get messed up a bit!

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Best Tips to Keep a Night Routine

Printable Daily Routine Chart for Adults

How to Start a Night Routine

In order to have the perfect self care night routine, you will want to incorporate different elements of self care to make life easier that evening and the next day.

Night routine ideas like brushing your teeth or taking a bath are great ideas to build up on if you do them regular at night

Start a Daily Routine Chart

Following a daily routine chart helps you visually see where your daily habits need improvements.

I made this daily routine chart for you guys to start implementing into your day.

Implement a “Self-Care Sunday”

Maintaining a night routine is easier when you have a dedicated YOU day to unwind and recharge from the week.

You can choose to have a self-care Sunday or another day that works better with your schedule.

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