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Finding the perfect self-care routine can be such a hassle. Now, finding that perfect nighttime routine for self-care is a different beast altogether.
I often struggled with finding an evening routine that worked for me. Every night, I would complete a different routine and that would make my days feel somewhat frazzled. The only time I was able to keep a steady routine was when I was in elementary school or high school.
Thanks to my parents, they had more control over how my evening routine looked like every night. After school, I would come home, do my homework before six, eat dinner at six, watch some television, be on my phone for a little bit, take a shower, pick out my clothes for the next school day, and then go to bed.
Man, those were simpler times. Now as an adult, being in charge of my own self-care night time routine is not as smooth as I thought it would be. However, with a little bit of experimenting and seeing what works, I think I found the best evening wind down routine perfect just for me.
My Nightly Self-Care Routine
Compiling a list of self-care ideas to do at night, takes a lot of trial and error to get it just right. There are some things you look forward to doing and other things you might not enjoy so much. For me, a simple night routine begins after you get home from a long day’s work and you’re just about to make dinner.
Make Dinner With Calming Music
After a day’s work, I’m sure the last thing you want to do is make dinner lol. But for me, there is something very therapeutic about cooking — especially when you’re making your favorite meal. My favorite meal to cook for dinner is a nice plate of spaghetti and pasta sauce filled with luscious meatballs and cheese. I love cheese.
There’s something very warm and cozy about eating a hot plate of spaghetti and meatballs. While cooking, I like to relax with some jazz music or Christian music; definitely something that soothes the soul. When you hate cooking, as soon as you turn on some music to relax — it’ll definitely get you into the mood of cooking.
Catch up on your Favorite Show
Once dinner is made, I like to eat and unwind in front of the television. Thanks to various streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there is a lot of great tv to watch.
So far on Netflix, I like watching The Office, The Blacklist, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad. On Hulu, I’m such a sucker for Bob’s Burgers and I watch it all the time. I just can’t stop watching it. I love the aesthetics of the show and the different personalities of the characters — their humor just tickles my fancy.
There’s something very sacred, relaxing, and calming about drinking tea. I just can’t explain it. Tea is perfect for daily self-care: morning, day, or night. I would highly recommend that you get a decaffeinated tea that’s perfect for night time so that you can still go to bed without any problems.
Out of many self-care ideas, I think having a little tea time is not negotiable for my night time routine checklist. Every night, I look forward to sippin on some of that greenery tea goodness.
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Clean & Tidy up a Bit
After some time drinking, eating, and watching TV, I like to wash dishes, sweep the floors, clean the tables, or do other little chores around the house. I know, I’m so weird — but something about cleaning really calms and relaxes my spirit.
In my room, I tidy up by creating a self care space that’s my oasis from all the outside noise. This calming space includes dim lighting, completing a self-care activity, and listening to an empowering podcast or a powerful sermon in the background.
Wash Your Face & Shower
Once the cleaning is done, I head over to the bathroom to shower and wash my face from the long day. For showers, I love using the Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash to deeply penetrate inside my skin and lock in the moisture.
My nighttime routine for washing my face includes the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Facial Cleansing Pads, Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Toner, Cotton Rounds, and the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
After showering and washing my face, I like to jump into some comfy pajamas, cozy footwear or socks, and set out my clothes for the next day. Setting out my clothes, saves me lots of time and energy I know I won’t have for the morning.
As it stands, I’m already not a morning person, so if I can make things a little bit easier for me the night before, I’ll do that. I usually pick out my favorite colors and clothes that fit my day and personality.
I look forward to this nightly self-care activity because it gives me a chance to focus and enjoy the moments of styling different outfits together.
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At this stage of the routine, everything I do from here on out is all about catering to me. Whether that’s doing my hair, painting my nails, or reading positive affirmations to myself, I want to take care of myself and just step away from the outside world for a second.
Other self care ideas could be online shopping (proceed with caution on this one lol), singing/playing music, or listening to that album you’ve been wanting to listen to for a while.
Social Media Detox
After the cateration, I like to completely stay away from social media for the rest of the night. My brain needs a mental break from the outside world and its craziness. I don’t want to divert and risk putting negative energy will work me up before going to bed.
Instead of social media, I like to talk with my family and catch up on life or the day’s events. Sometimes, we’ll have nightly devotions and talk about lighthearted topics before going to bed. For my peace of mind, I am also getting into the habit of telling my family that I love them before heading to bed.
Write in a Gratitude Journal
On any sacred self-care regimen, writing in journals is very necessary in keeping your mental health in check and for releasing your fears and burdens away. Just recently, I got myself a manifestation and gratitude journal that I write in every day.
In it, I express how thankful I am for all of my blessings and my manifestations of things yet to come. I also have a separate journal for my mental and emotional health discussing certain issues I’ve dealt with in the past and how that makes me feel. Writing things out has been so helpful in clearing my mind and heart of harbored feelings deep inside my spirit.
Meditate & Clear Your Mind
Finally, my favorite self-care activity before bed is here. I recently just implemented a meditation routine into my daily self-care routine. I started this as one of my many self-care ideas while quarantined and now it has been added to the list of things I do on the daily to get rid of stress and anxiety.
When my anxiety arises, I like to meditate to this video and the anxieties immediately wash away. This meditation for anxiety offers much-needed relief and reprograms your mind while you are sleeping. I like to leave the video playing while I’m awake and then I peacefully fall asleep to it.
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What Should my Night Routine Be?
The key to having the best night time routine is to figure out what works best for YOU. As you can see from the list, the nightly routine that I have took a while for it to work for me. If you don’t like something you do at night, right now you don’t have to include it in your nightly routine. Instead, figure out what you enjoy doing and include that into your evening routine so that it can be a success.
Next, create a night routine list and try to stick to it every night. On the list, come up with tons of self-care night ideas that you like to do and throughout a test week, figure out which ones you like to do the most and stick to that routine, the week after.
For a self-care night routine to work, it takes a lot of consistency in your self-care regimen. Please don’t waste your time creating a list, try it for a little while and then step away from it. You have to continuously do these self-care activities every night for them to take shape in your life.
To help you create your own simple night time routine, here’s my self-care night checklist for inspiration:
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Do you even believe in a self-care night routine? Why or why not?
What does your self-care checklist include?
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