We all know we should have an evening routine, just like we do a morning one. But how many of us actually have a regular evening routine that we stick to? And does it involve healthy habits that will help us in the long term?
I used to be very guilty of this however over the past couple of years I have tried and tested different suggestions and now my personal evening routine is working pretty well. My body starts to feel tired around the same time each evening and I rarely struggle to fall asleep. Majority of the time I sleep for a decent 7-8 hours a night and feel refreshed the next day.
Evening routines can also help set you up for the next day too. I found doing small tasks the night before meant I was less stressed and frantic in the mornings.
Different routines work for different people and it is a little bit of trial and error to find out what works for you. But below are some suggestions that you can try out and add to your own evening routine.
Prepare for the Next Day
I was quite reluctant to try this one however it is now a habit I really try to keep up with so that my mornings are clutter and stress free. Setting a timer for just 10 minutes and tidying away what you can means the next morning the mess won’t get to you.
Waking up to a large pile of dirty dishes or an untidy living room is not fun for anyone. If you can get this sorted the night before then you’ll have a calmer morning plus more time.
Pick Your Outfit
One less thing you’ll have to do in the morning is deciding what to wear. Picking your outfit, laying it out and sorting through your handbag will save you time in the morning.
Review Your Day
Spend a little time reviewing your day. This could be in the form of journaling or just writing down everything in your head. This can also help you sleep better if you get all your thoughts down on paper.
Now is also a great time to write a to-do list for the next day. Having a set of planned tasks will help you feel more organised for the day ahead.
Prepare for Sleep
Eliminate Blue Light
Blue light makes out brains think it is day time and our eyes can’t naturally block this out. Using electronics that emit blue light before you go to bed will make it harder to fall asleep as your body will be more awake.
Majority of our electronic devices now have the option to switch off the blue light and on most phones you can set a timer for this. Switching off the blue light a couple of hours before you are due to sleep can really help.
Put Away Your Phone
Whilst we are on the topic of electronics another very useful suggestion is putting away your phone at least 30 minutes before bed. Get an alarm clock instead of using your phone and leave your phone in another room.
This will help avoid distractions and also stop you from reading your notifications first thing in the morning.
Indulge in some Aromatherapy
From pillow sprays to oil rolls ons, there is a wealth of information out there on what scents can help you sleep and how you can apply them. Even something as simple as lighting some candles in the evening or adding some drops of lavender oil to a bath can help sooth you and get a decent nights sleep.
Create a Skincare Routine
Taking off your makeup and washing away the day is really important for your skin. Your skin needs time to breath plus you don’t want to leave make up stains on your pillows.
Try out different products and routines until you find one that suits you and then make sure you do this before going to sleep. You’ll soon start to see the benefits.
Stretch Your Body
Doing some very gentle yoga and stretches before getting into bed can help ease sore and tired muscles and once done regularly will signal to your body that is is nearly time to sleep. There are also plenty of video’s on YouTube showing stretches you can even do once in bed.
Trying to read a chapter before bed can also help you fall asleep. Not only is it relaxing but many people find after they read a few pages their eyes start to feel heavy and they know it is time for bed.
I hope some of these suggestions help you create your own evening routine. Let me know if you try any out.