I love routines, which you probably know if you check out this blog regularly! In the years since graduating college, it’s been a challenge to figure out the perfect routine, especially since I hate mornings! I’ve really worked on crafting a night time routine that would be ideal for both my mental and physical health and that would make my work week easier. Today I want to share those tips with you!
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Prepare for the Next Day
This part is essential for me to prevent me from becoming totally stressed. In case you hadn’t noticed, I like to plan ahead. And things unravel pretty quickly when I don’t. I like to spend some time in the evening looking over my to-do list for tomorrow and making sure everything is in order. It’s the best way to ensure that when I sit at my desk first thing the next morning, I can start the day stress-free and know exactly what needs to get done.
Preparing for the next day also includes picking out clothes, making lunch, planning something for dinner, etc. I’m not a morning person at all and not having to worry about picking an outfit or making a lunch is a big deal for me. Try to carve some time into your nighttime routine for getting everything ready for the next day, and suddenly your mornings will become so much easier!
Let me just start this off by saying this is definitely something I need to work on as well, but I’m getting better. I’ve been putting a solid effort into trading in my smartphone for a book at some point every night, and I find I really enjoy that unplugged time.
Be Conscious of Eating and Drinking
In recent years I’ve become a lot more aware of what I’m eating and drinking in the evenings and how that impacts the time I go to sleep, my sleep quality, and how I feel the next morning. I’ve learned to cut off the caffeine earlier in the afternoon (though on long days that’s definitely difficult for me). I also limit my alcohol on work nights, because I know that will mess with my sleep quality. Finally, I try to avoid any heavy desserts too late at night, because I know for sure that will hurt my sleep quality.
Allow Wind-Down Time
One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I need a solid amount of time in the evenings to wind down. What I used to do is tell myself what time I wanted to go to bed, and that is the time I would stop whatever activity I was doing or turn off Netflix. Now I give myself a solid half hour of cushion between the time I start getting ready for bed and the time I actually hope to get to sleep.
Take Care of Your Skin
Since I hate getting up early in the morning, I’ve gotten in the habit of showering in the evenings, which works well since I work out in the evenings as well. I actually really look forward to that time when I completely unplug, shower, and focus on skincare. This includes my night time face care routine, and it also includes moisturizing the rest of my body. My skin gets insanely dry. Because of this, I’ve struggled to find a moisturizer that would fully moisturize my skin. Over the years I’ve tried more than I can count.
Luckily, this winter has been easier as I’ve found a moisturizer that truly meets my skin’s needs. Cetaphil® Moisturizing Cream has been a lifesaver this winter. It’s a thick, rich cream but absorbs so easily and without leaving any kind of greasy feeling on your skin. It doesn’t have any fragrances or irritants, so this product is perfect for sensitive skin as well.
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