So winter happened, and the weather outside is terrible. It’s cold, icy, and generally unforgiving. You know when you step outside, inhale, and then every part of your body starts to hurt? Yeah, that’s been happening to me for about a week. I have gotten outrageously good at sitting at home and spending the entire day on the couch, so I thought I would share.

1. Don’t change out of your pajamas.

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I don’t know about you, but if I’m not in the shower within half an hour of waking up, the chances of me leaving the house that day are reduced by about 90%. It takes a lot to convince me to get out of bed in the winter, let alone change out of my comfy sweatpants. If you plan on staying at home, do yourself a favor and stay in your pajamas. Don’t even change into a different pair of sweatpants – just roll out of bed. It will help you resist the temptation to go outside and like…be productive or something.

2. Have food at the ready.

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The amount of times I have left my apartment just to get McDonald’s is embarrassing. It takes a ridiculous amount of energy for me to get changed, look somewhat presentable, and get a Big Mac and fries. So before I decide to stay home for an entire day (or week…) I make sure that I have plenty of prepared food ready to go. I’ll make enough food at dinner to have leftovers, and that way, the necessity of eating doesn’t trick me into leaving my apartment. (Side: delivery is expensive.)

3. Be firm on your phone, or just put it away.

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If you have an entire day to spend lying on the couch doing nothing productive, chances are that your friends will have one too. This means that one of them will probably message you and ask you if you want to do something. The answer is that you feel like staying in today. If you can’t say no to your friends, just put your phone away while you veg out on the couch. By the time you convince yourself to get off of the couch, the time will probably have passed to hang out with your friends anyway.

4. Find a marathon on TV.

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There’s almost always some marathon of something interesting on TV. Otherwise, Netflix. Also, popcorn is acceptable to have around as your best friend. I was at the movie theatre yesterday, and one guy put his popcorn on the seat next to him and put his arm around the bag. Having popcorn as a best friend is totally acceptable.

Happy Holidays! What are your plans?