Going out with friends and drinking and dancing all night is awesome, but so is lounging in sweatpants with Netflix.
There comes a point in every party lover's life when he or she decides to take a well-deserved break.
For some, it stems from exhaustion. For others, it can be inspired by a new relationship.
Whatever the reason for your newfound hermit status, here are seven things you will certainly experience when you become a homebody:
1. You will eat a ton of junk food.
That is, if you're doing it right.
How does sweatpants, pizza and an "OITNB" marathon sound? What about yoga pants, ice cream and a good book?
Loafing around is always better with a snack, as everyone knows. There is also the idea of going out to eat, just to get out of the house.
In fact, I'm going to stuff my face with delicious Mexican food tonight.
2. You will experience FOMO.
As much as you enjoy your down time, there is always the inevitable fear of missing out.
If you pick up your phone and scroll through Instagram during episodes of "Scandal," you will see pictures of your friends living it up. You will feel like life is going on without you, and like you are missing out on all the good times.
You will have to remind yourself everyone feels this way at some point.
Everyone will have their down time threatened by FOMO. It's human nature.
3. Because of FOMO, you will think everyone is having a better time than they really are.
When you're enjoying a nice bubble bath and a glass of wine, your social media feeds will tell you everyone is out having the time of their lives.
But it only appears that way.
Because you're not there, it seems like the parties are way wilder than when you go out. Don't worry; your friends are not somehow having more fun without you there.
Your outsider perspective is just a little skewed.
4. You will get to invest a lot of time in your hobby.
For me, it is reading. I have read more in the past few months than I have in the past two years.
For some, it may be painting, crafting or working out. You will finally have the time to throw yourself into whatever it is you're passionate about.
You will be able to look back on all you accomplished, and be grateful for your time alone.
5. Your friends will pressure you to come out.
In their party mentality, your friends will not understand why you declined to come out with them.
No matter what your reason is, they will try to convince you that a few hours or a few drinks is totally doable.
In fact, you may find yourself making up excuses or canceling plans with phrases like, “I know, I suck.” But you shouldn't feel guilty about guarding your time.
People go through phases, and that is healthy. You can't always be in "go mode" or in neutral. Give yourself the time and space to grow in all areas.
6. Eventually, your friends will give up.
If your stint as a homebody spans past a couple of months, you will witness your friends' insistence fizzle out. They won't try as hard to convince you to join them, and sooner or later, they will stop asking.
You may even feel hurt by this seeming abandonment. Do they not care anymore?
In reality, your friends probably expect you will reach out to them when you are ready to venture out. They have stopped asking for both your sakes.
7. You will go out because you “have to,” and you will not have a good time.
Again, if you turn into a homebody for a few months or more, you will be roped into going out on an occasion or two when you don't at all feel like it.
You will try to put on a good face, but with the visions of your warm bed waiting for you at home, you will not enjoy yourself.
This is also acceptable.
You gave it a shot, and found you enjoy being in the comfort of your own home way more. You should feel justified in these feelings.
Enjoy your down time.
It's personal and it belongs solely to you. What you choose to do with it is at your own discretion. Don't let anyone make you feel guilty for taking time for yourself.
You may miss some fun nights of drinking, but relaxing is not wasted time. Rather, it is an investment in you.