Hey everyone, welcome back to another Wednesday post with yours truly. As promised, I am back with another creating a routine post. How many of you love a good routine? I am obsessed with my routines and I would plan my entire day if I could. Crazy? Not diagnosed haha. In all seriousness, though routines are amazing, and a lot of really successful people have very strict routines. Here are some of the wildest celebrity routines, check it out. Today, we are going to work on creating a relaxing nighttime routine to help you unwind and get ready for a peaceful slumber.
Why Should I Create a Relaxing Night Routine?
Creating a relaxing night routine helps with calming your body and mind. That way you are ready to fall asleep instead of lying in the dark remembering everything you didn’t get done that day. It’s a time for yourself to reflect and relax doing the activities that nourish you. Having a solid night routine in place can help with the inevitable “Sunday Scaries” and help you feel organized and prepared for the coming week or day. Many nighttime activities today somehow involve a screen and are overstimulating for the brain. Having a night routine without screentime can relax the mind to prepare for a good night’s rest.
How Long Should I Devote to a Relaxing Night Routine?
It really depends on each person and what their schedule is like. At the moment I have little commitments as I do not have children. Well, Scooby but he’s pretty low maintenance most of the time. So, I can spend upwards of two hours doing my night routine from start to finish. You do not have to go crazy like me and spend all night doing your night routine. Even just setting aside 15 minutes for yourself to unwind and reflect on your busy day is enough. Whatever works best for you, set aside that time and let’s fill it up with things that are going to rejuvenate you.
10 Activities to Add to Your Relaxing Night Routine
Switch off devices
Turn off or silence your phone, put your laptop away and charge your smartwatch. Really unplug so you can fully relax. It’s also very stimulating, so putting down your devices also gives your brain a break before bed.
Reflect on the day
As I told you guys in my reflections post I truly believe in reflecting and think it is an important step in self-growth. So, why not reflect after a long productive day, reflect on what worked out and what didn’t work so well.
As you guys know I am journaling this year to help with my mental health. I do it as a creative outlet and a brain dump. There are so many ways to journal and so many great specialized options for everyone.
To-do List for Tomorrow
This is a big one for me. I always try to write out my to-do list the night before so I have a purpose and direction as soon as I get up in the morning. It’s one productivity tool that has definitely stuck with me, add it to your night routine and see how productive you can be tomorrow.
Listen to Music
Some calming music can get you in the mood to go to sleep, providing the perfect remedy. I am also partial to a good dance party to tire yourself out before bed. Whichever works best for you.
Drink something hot
A hot beverage before bed can be so relaxing for the body. I really enjoy a decaf green tea to settle down its so soothing on your throat with no caffeine.
Shower or Bath
Recently I converted from a morning shower person to a night shower person. I do switch it up depending on what I am doing that day but I don’t think there is anything better than a hot shower before bed. Typically, I like to shower at least an hour before I want to go to sleep as it takes the body a long time to cool down. It’s better to sleep in cooler temperatures as it will help you stay asleep and feel more rested.
I’m sure I do not need to tell you how important skincare is, especially before bed. So, I will only give you one reminder. Always wash your face before bed! Take all the dirt and grime from the day off and go to bed with a clean, moisturized face.
After a long day of either sitting at a desk or working your body to the bone, do you ever feel stiff and strained? Take a few moments at the end of your day to stretch out those aches and pains. It gives you a moment to really be in tune with your physical well being and taking care of yourself before you do it all over again.
And I don’t mean the captions on Instagram, I mean pick up a book and read a chapter a night. It is the most relaxing past time to just be alone and dive deep into a story that is not your own. I love picking up a good book, there is something about turning a page that I love.
My Relaxing Night Routine
My relaxing night routine is much more flexible than my morning routine. I like structure throughout my day. Especially in the morning, but at night I just want to do my own thing, when I want to do it. So, I have a night routine in the sense that I always do the same things every night, it just may not be at the same time every night. This is totally okay and that’s why it is called a relaxing night routine. It doesn’t need to be planned and scheduled. That being said here is my relaxing night routine.
– Write my to-do list for the next day
– Shower and get comfy
– Drink something hot
Tomorrow is a new day, relax and rejoice in what you accomplished today. Relish in what you will accomplish tomorrow with a brand new day. I hope you enjoyed getting relaxed. Tonight, I’m sure everyone will be getting out their yoga mats and their journals. Comment below something you are going to add to your relaxing night routine. I will see you all next week with a whole new month. Can you believe it we are already a month into 2020? That is insane! Thank you for all the continued support on the blog. Dalton and I are having a blast putting out content for you guys!