Happy Monday Lovely Readers!
A while back, I did a post on my morning routine. While I am 100% a morning person, I try to use my mornings to relax and enjoy the first part of my day instead of jumping right into work.
This means all my ‘to do’s’ are put in my nightly routine. There are some things I do at night that a lot of people prefer to do in the morning. That’s okay! it’s all about personal preference. What matters is you are designing your morning and evening in a way that sets you up for success 🙂
Here is what my nightly routine looks like on a normal day to day basis:
My overall routine:
My routine varies a little night to night. This is usually due to my workout schedule. You may remember that I structure my workouts in a specific way to make sure I am getting the best results. I cycle through a wide range of workouts throughout the week from strength, cardio to stretch. This means that the timing of my routine varies each night, however, I still do the same things overall.
7 Things I always do before Bed:
- Skin Care Routine
- Tea and mask
- Prep for the following day
- Read a Book
After my workout, I come home and eat dinner and shower. Next step, skin care! I always do my full skin care routine before bed. If you are going to do a skin care routine just once a day, aim to do it at night. This helps cleanse your face from all the stuff your face has accumulated over the day. Plus, cleaning off all that sweat and dirt will make sure that you are less likely to wake up with irritation or breakouts.
Then I like to utilise about 20 minutes to go over the next day’s schedule to mentally prepare, and pick out my outfit. This helps me save time in the morning and makes me feel more put together and prepared the next morning.
Tips to wind down your evening
Over the years, I have become really good at using my evening routine to both get everything ready for the next day and get the proper amount of sleep. A lot of people have a difficult time winding down after their day. So here are my top tips to help you set yourself up for a productive morning and ease your way into a relaxing evening.
- Put your phone/tv/computer away 1 hour before bed
- Lay out your clothes for the next day
- Go over tomorrow’s schedule
- Get a good bed time book–but not one that’s too interesting 😉
- Stop eating at least two hours before bedtime
Incorporate some self care
For me, I always do a sheet mask after my shower. It is my 15 minutes a day to relax and have some me time. Plus, giving your skin that extra loving can’t hurt!
I have been using these amazing Farmacy sheet masks! They are newer to the market and are kind of different to what I was used to. I wanted to switch brands because I found that my old sheet masks had mineral oil in them, which is on my top list of bad beauty ingredients.
I believe that it is so important for your mental health to invest in self care at least once a day. This can be something as small as grabbing a cup of coffee from your fave cafe before work. You don’t need to go crazy, but do something to remind yourself that you are important. If you need some self-care inspiration, check out my list of 20 Self-Care Sunday Ideas!