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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Why Staying In Is The New Going Out

Hannah Barnes
It’s that time of year again, when the house socks come out and the lattes are filled with an odd range of spices somehow connected to the pumpkin (seriously, I have no idea what’s going there). The leaves are all a’changing and the nights are dark before you know it. Hot chocolate with marshmallows is mandatory and wearing anything but a comfortable sweater is positively frowned upon.

With all that in mind, why would anyone in their right mind leave the house? It’s dark out there, not to mention how cold it’s starting to get! So here are a few reasons why staying in is the new going out.

1. There are tough choices to make

Have you ever tried to stuff your fluffy socked feet into a pair of shoes? Any shoes? It doesn’t work. In order to leave the house, you’re going to have to swap those warm, snuggly foot huggers out for a pair of regular old cotton socks. I don’t know about you, but that’s just not a trade I’m willing to make.

2. It’s probably raining outside

I’m rarely pessimistic about life, but when it suits my philosophy I’m more than happy to forecast rain. I live in Manchester, so it’s usually a pretty good bet that this time of year will be grey and wet. So what could be better than dragging your duvet downstairs, grabbing a large bowl of sweet and salty popcorn and snuggling in for a day of doing nothing whilst the rain hammers at your windows?

3. It’s officially hibernation season

Have you ever tried to decide which animal you’re most like? For me, this is something I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating thanks to my lifelong love affair with Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials. After much consideration, I’m pretty certain my daemon (or spirit animal if you’re unfamiliar with the books) would be a bear. Autumn calls my bear-blood home and I must go into hibernation towards the end of the season. I also pack on a little extra fat, just to be safe. Trust me, it’s the only way to live.

4. You’re all out of spoons

Summer tends to be a busy time. Maybe you’ve been on holiday, or spent the time catching up with friends, maybe you’ve been working on a seasonal project or simply making the most of the sunshine. However, you’ve spent your summer it’s extremely likely you’ve used up all your spoons. If you’re wonder what the hell I’m referencing kitchen utensils for, take a look at the theory here, and then take some time to gather up your full set.

5. There is so much reading to be done

This is the perfect time of year to light a few candles, set up some string lights and lose yourself in fiction. I always try and catch up on my reading during autumn and revisit any books I particularly love. Getting lost in literature is a great way to forget about the stresses and strains of real life and give your brain some time off - plus you get to travel the world without ever leaving your living room.

Would you rather get cosy at home than brave the cold this autumn? Let me know in the comments section.

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


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