Many of you commented throughout the month that my night routine sounded exactly like something you’d love to implement in your own life. So here are a few tips to help YOU get there!
1. Create a plan.
Clearly, the first step in simplifying your night time routine or even having one is by planning for it. If you don’t plan to have a routine, you won’t have one. A routine is not mysteriously going to come about if you don’t intentionally set up a plan for it.
commit to making a plan and sticking to it by sitting down to come up with a plan that will work for you. Write it down and make yourself aware of what you want to do.
Everyone’s plan will look different, but some of my tips to create a plan are:
- Allot a specific amount of time to your routine so you know when it should start and end. Within that, be realistic with how much time you allot.
- Implement a technology-free time and commit to being off any technology from then on (more tips on that here)
- Leave major tasks or anything stressful for another time of day
- Pick activities that wind you down instead of work you up
- Limit how many activities you try to do. Pick up to three, but no more than that or the routine will feel like a chore
2. Prep for the next day
I personally love nothing more than going to bed knowing that I will wake up with everything in place and ready to go. I am much more at ease and able to relax during bedtime if I know the day ahead of me is partially prepared.
If this is something you think would help relax you, some things I prep for the next day are:
- Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Crock pot meals and overnight oats, anyone?
- COFFEE! Coffee with the flip of a switch in the morning = amazing!
- Laying out workout clothes or clothes for work (or both!)
- Setting the dishwasher to run
- Packing a bag for work/school/the gym
3. Acknowledge the time
My plans for a night routine would not have been successful if I didn’t set my phone alarm to remind me to start my routine.
As much as I would love to say that I am really responsible and would have definitely remembered on my own, I know myself enough to realize that was a recipe for disaster. Just like I know I don’t naturally get up at 6 am, I also didn’t naturally start getting ready for bed at a certain time right away.
The alarm is an easy way to help yourself out, especially if you are really driven to do things at night.
4. Choose relaxing activities
When creating your plan, think about what relaxes you most. Reading a book? Sipping a cup of tea? Simply lying down and closing your eyes?
Pick activities that you know put you in a good mood and begin to quiet you down. I picked activities that I knew would cultivate a feeling of peace in me – of letting go of the day by choosing to stop all the hustle and bustle and just be.
Some activities you might consider adding to your routine are:
- read a devotional
- read a book for pleasure (not homework/work)
- take a bath
- stretch or foam roll
- have a cup of tea, hot chocolate, or decaf
- organize something small, like your purse or backpack
- light candles to set your mood
- listen to your favorite music
- write in a journal
While I had a general outline of what my routine looked like, I gave myself the choice of several activities. This way, if I didn’t always feel like reading, I had the option to do something else. The option to do multiple things made my routine feel like it was for me to relax – not just another chore.
5. Let Go
Before you start your routine, let go.
While you do something simple and relaxing, let go.
While you lay down in bed, let it all go.
Let go of the day. The stress. The worries. The thoughts that keep you up at night. Give yourself a break. Let yourself rest. Let go of it all and just be.
Whether or not you have a routine at night, I hope you found these tips helpful! 🙂
Questions for you:
- What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself before bed?
- What would you add to this list?