IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BEST NIGHT ROUTINE THEN YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!
Please note: This post is a follow up to BEST MORNING ROUTINE – 10 THINGS TO DO FIRST THING IN THE MORNING BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE.
Now just like there are a few great ways to kickstart your mornings, there are a some things you can do every night to perfectly wind up your day.
Here is my list of 10 things that I do every night before I go to sleep – this is my best night routine.
When I do all ten I feel amazing!
1 – DISCONNECT FROM TECHNOLOGY
Now this task was suggested in the BEST MORNING ROUTINE post and the same rules applies at night. As I mentioned there, our lives are crazy enough with technology and social media nowadays that we don’t need to dominate our minds with it every night too, worrying about what other people have said or done that day.
Does it really matter? No. Will you die if you don’t check Facebook or Instagram one more time before you go to sleep? Nope again. Will it still be waiting for you when you finally check it out tomorrow? Yep you better believe it – none of that stuff is going away any time soon.
You really need to give yourself and your mind a break from worrying about things that don’t matter. Focus on your own life now, focus on the living, breathing people who are right now in your life and existing in your house. They are the ones who truly matter. They are the ones who are more important than your iPad or cell phone. Show them that this is true.
2 – GET THE HOUSE GENERALLY TIDY
I wrote about the importance of this task in my recent post A LAZY MOM’S GUIDE TO CLEANING THE HOUSE. As I mentioned there, I recommend getting the house generally tidy before you go to sleep every night.
Nope, I’m not asking you to get the house looking perfectly pristine before bed every night – I definitely don’t. But I am suggesting that you take a little walk around your home at night before going to bed and just put away any stuff that you can see needs to be put away. This will help you sleep better at night – knowing that you aren’t going to wake up to a disaster zone in the morning
3 – HAVE A SHOWER OR RUN A WARM BATH
Now I am usually a morning shower person but lately I have realized the value and beauty of having an evening shower or soaking in warm bath too. If you are a mom, you will know how important it is to include a bath into a child’s evening routine.
Having a warm bath or shower is the perfect way to unwind for the night. It relaxes you and prepares you for sleep. Relish in this break. As soon as you get out, it is officially wind down time for me.
4 – CLEANSE, TONE AND MOISTURIZE
For years I have worked on the side writing and prepping beauty blogs for a high-profile beauty expert and the number one thing I was taught was the importance of having a consistent skin routine.
Still I have often ignored this advice time and time again (when will I ever learn?) and gone to bed with a face full of old makeup (thankfully I don’t wear much makeup at all…but that’s not the point). The point is when you do this task – cleanse, tone and moisturize – you feel like you are actually taking care of yourself. Your skin will thank you for it later, I promise you.
5 – HANG OUT WITH YOUR LOVED ONES
If you are lucky enough to live with a family, don’t ignore them and act like you are little planets orbiting around space separately. Talk and engage with them; ask them how their day was.
This is also the perfect opportunity to pull out a quick card game (my favorite family games are listed here). You don’t want to go to bed without taking the time to SHOW and TELL your family how much you care for them and are happy to have them in your life.
6 – WRITE IN YOUR JOURNAL
Yep, I am an older person who still keeps a journal. When did it suddenly become uncool to keep a diary…oops I mean a journal? For some reason most of us abandon this habit, usually around the middle of our teen years, after we have already accumulated a suitcase full of books with spillings from the heart.
I consider writing in my journal the ultimate brain dump. I write down what I am thinking, feeling and where I am at with things. I write down all my future plans and how I plan to achieve them. I also sometimes note down everything I am super grateful for in my journal too.
There are no right or wrong ways to keep a journal. It is up to you how you choose to use it.
7 – PLAN YOUR DAY TOMORROW
I’m not saying you need to come up with an hour-by-hour plan for the next day but DO give some thought to the things you would like to do tomorrow. Do you have any idea how you plan to spend the next 24 hours and if so, are you prepared for the day ahead?
If you aren’t prepared or have no plan, spend some time sorting that out. Every day is precious – we shouldn’t be wasting it simply because we aren’t organised enough to use that time wisely.
8 – STRETCH
You don’t need to be a yoga or pilates expert to give your body a good stretch every night. I am definitely not either but I love it when I lay down for a bit and just stretch everything out. Your legs, your arms, your back, your neck…it feels great to release tension from these areas before you go to sleep.
9 – READ
As an author of 20 books, it’s pretty obvious that I love reading. Once upon a time I used to focus on reading mainly self-help books for my career (you can see my top 10 list of favorite non-fiction books here) but now I read for pure enjoyment. I love losing myself in a good story; I still see it as the ultimate escape. It helps make me feel sleepy (unless it’s a riveting book then I will just read to the end of the next chapter and look forward to the next installment tomorrow).
For anyone who says they are not a reader with a stash of books on their bedside table I’ll give you two options. One is I encourage you to go to your local library and explore all the different sections. Your book doesn’t have to come from the bestseller list. Maybe something else interests you. Go and find it.
Second, you can always listen to an audio-book or podcast instead before going to sleep if that’s your preference. There are thousands and thousands of audio-books and podcasts to choose from so try to see what works best for you.
10 – GET TO BED EARLY
When you stay up late – like I have sometimes done in the past – it totally screws up your following day. Lack of sleep or sleep deprivation is a serious thing that you want to avoid, unless you really want to feel like a walking grumpy zombie the next day.
The easiest way to make sure you go to sleep early is to set an alarm. Yes, set an alarm! We do it to get up in the mornings so why not work backwards and use it to work out when you need to go to bed to get adequate sleep?
If I know that I function best on 8 hours sleep and I like to wake up at 6 am that means I need to ideally be ASLEEP by 10 am. So at 9:30 pm I set an alarm to remind me that hey, it’s almost time for lights out.
You should always assume it will take some time to wind up properly and feel sleepy. Your mind may not THINK you need eight hours sleep but statistics have proven time and time again that our bodies secretly love it.
Implement even a few of these 10 strategies and you are well on your way to establishing a fabulous nightly routine!
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