|Relax. You planned carefully and the night will be perfect no matter what happens with whoever is there. As it unfolds, it is exactly as it should be.
Catch up. Take this opportunity to host not only a fabulous party but also meaningful discussions with your friends. This is your chance to avoid that overwhelming feeling when one of your friends who you haven’t had a chance to sit down with in six months asks, “How have you been?” You can all take your time and find out how everyone is really doing and what they have actually been up to.
Lean in. Research has shown that emotional expression impacts us on a cellular level. While you’ve already invited your beloved confidantes into your home, allow yourself to invite them
| into whatever else is going on. Deciding what to share with other people in your life can be difficult, so trust yourself on that one. Celebrate your relationships.
Live in the moment. While someone is telling that story that you know is going to make you laugh so hard you cry, give in to that experience and take full advantage of it. That uncontrollable tears-streaming-down-your-face laughter is the best medicine. Whatever is happening, you will want to remember, so focus on those moments and not whether or not you think people are having a good time. Be completely in the moment unless the oven is still on, in which case you should also allow yourself to think about the oven.
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■ Lauren M. Garvey