How to Practice a Self Care Routine at Night
In this article, you’ll learn the easiest ways to practice a self care routine at night. These self care ideas can be used to help promote better sleep, soothe your stress away, and help you take better care of yourself!
Sometimes morning routines can get all the credit for keeping us on our game and motivated through out the day, but today we’re going over the true powerhouse: the nighttime routine.
A self care routine at night is one of the best, most enjoyable, and most rejuvenating routines you can possibly add to your schedule.
Listen, I get that there are so many people out there that just don’t have time in the morning to go through all of their self care, all of their planning, all of their journaling, so on and so forth.
I even know that some of you are still flying out of bed and out the door because that’s where you’re at right now in your life. I get it and it’s okay!
If your morning routines are looking less than enjoyable and don’t have any more time to give, let’s talk about what you can do in a nighttime routine.
And I can confidently say that I kind of favor a nighttime routine these days. As much of a morning person that I am, I enjoy winding down and practicing my self care routines before bed.
This shift has to do with the mindset of rewarding yourself after a hard day. If you’ve had trouble practicing self care in the past, maybe look at it with this in mind when starting a nighttime routine.
Let’s dive into your new secret weapon for wrapping your day up and starting your next one relaxed, focused, and most of all completely ready!
Why does a self care routine at night work so well?
Routines are the best kept secret out there for success. Seriously, they’re so good at keeping you consistent that you don’t even realize you’re working towards your goals.
Our brain goes nuts for easy directions. There’s nothing your brain loves better than knowing what to do and having the ability to go on auto-pilot. When you set a routine for yourself and keep to it, your routine becomes easier and less of a conscious “action item” to do.
If you introduce healthy habits to your routine, you’ll feel that slight discomfort of change and not wanting to keep at it. But after a few times, it becomes more and more second nature because your brain processed it into autopilot.
Imagine if those healthy habits were as easy as the bad habits, oh my! It’s definitely possible, you just have to keep pushing for just a bit more and they’ll stick.
Positive Ripple Effect
When you have healthy habits in your routines, not only is it going to benefit you at face value, but this will in turn ripple out into other areas of your life.
For example, if you want to introduce more healthy snacks during the day and want to make this a routine, you’ll start to notice other health benefits from this small change.
Maybe, in this example, you begin to sleep better because you have enough nutrients during the day. Or perhaps your skin starts to clear up from replacing an unhealthy option with a health-conscious one. The list goes on and on!
The ripple effect is the catalyst to you stating a new routine.
So even if you just pick one or two from the list below, just know that you’re on the right track towards healthier habits!
I’m a big fan of a warm drink right before bed! My favorite is from Traditional Medicinals, it’s the chamomile with lavender tea and it makes me feel so cozy and relaxed at night.
After a tough day, there’s something very comforting about a routine surrounded by making tea, or any warm drink for that matter. Just the act of waiting for your tea to seep helps you to slow down and get into a relaxed state of mind.
With the help of lavender, the chamomile tea gets taken to a new level of relaxation and recovery.
Lavender is an amazing addition that helps with a whole host of things. Studies show that lavender helps with increased sleep quality, reduced anxiety, assists in wound healing, pain reduction, migraine headache relief, and so much more!
There are some people who dog on soaking in a bath as self care, but there are so many benefits just by soaking in hot water. Along with increased circulation, soaking in a bath opens the pores in our skin, helps us sleep better, and even helps those with chronic migraines.
When you add Epsom Salt to your bath, the benefits start to really add up across the board. For my own soaks, my favorite that I’ve found is the Dr Teal’s Lavender Epsom Salt.
(What can I say? I love lavender!)
Studies show that epsom salt baths promotes better magnesium absorption, sleep and stress reduction, helps with digestion, eases exercise performance and recovery, and even reduces pain and swelling. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Even if you’re not a fan of sitting in a bath, just taking a hot, damp washcloth folded around a few sprinkles of epsom salt can help a tension spot.
If I’m pressed for time or just too tired, I’ll take my lavender epsom salt wrapped in a hot, damp washcloth and wrap it around the back of my neck. Instant relaxation!
PS: The Activated Charcoal one is amazing for clearing up your skin too!!
Nothing beats a good ol’ fashion book as the top self care routine for me. There’s something really nostalgic about snuggling up with a paperback book as a nighttime routine.
There’s also so much research that points to increased retention of new information right before bed! Opting for a book about a new skill before bed might be in store for you.
Even just a light read about a “small” skill is something I’ve been getting into each night. I’ve been really digging listening to audiobooks to help rest my eyes before bed and wind down with my eyes not focusing so much.
The fact that Audible has almost every book imaginable on there is something I really got into the last few years as apart of my nighttime routine. Even just finding books I wouldn’t think to pick up is something that has really broadened my reading horizons.
If you have heavy eyes by the end of a day full of screentime/reading time, this is definitely a must have to keep your reading game up. I don’t know how many books I passed up at the end of the night but this turned me back into a well-oiled, reading machine!
Beneficial Phone Time
There’s a lot of information out there that bounces back and forth between no-phone and some-phone usage is beneficial before bed.
Personally, I think it depends on what you do with your phone time before bed that makes a difference. Are you scrolling through a really negative feed? Or are you reading an article that is going to help you sleep better?
I decided to try an experiment about no phone versus beneficial phone time as apart of my nighttime routine. And to be honest, I felt a lot better about the beneficial time (with airplane mode on, of course) to feel right for me.
So, if you’re feeling drained by your phone at the end of the day, try out either no-phone or beneficial phone time to see which works better for you!
Meditating in Bed
Sometimes nothing beats a comfortable meditation session to let your mind stop racing and finally feel at peace for the day. There are so many people who struggle just getting to sleep that this can vastly improve how well (and how deep) you sleep.
If you’re brand new to meditation, just focusing on your breathing in and out can be a great way to begin getting to sleep faster. Just trying this breath-work for a few days can clear up any mental fogginess that creeps into the next day, physical stress and tension from rising shoulders, and so on!
Recently, I started to practice the pranayama breathing techniques off of the yoga mat before I turn over for bed. A big word but it boils down to controlled, deep breathing.
Practicing this has helped to keep my mind from wandering as it’s prone to right before I go to bed.
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The Right environment
When you’re getting ready to end your day, your nighttime self care should include the environment around you as well. Setting the lights low, or turning off a few, can really help you not only sleep but relax and unwind.
Having a soft, yellow glow or even a candle can help to transition from the gogogo of the day to restorative relaxation.
Even the sound is a big part of my wind down at the end of the day. We’re bombarded with sounds all day, so having a few moments before you retire to bed of just soft (or no) noises is a huge help.
When it comes to personalizing this right type of environment for you, my main focus is making the space feel right without outside factors. Becoming in tune with where your stress is and what’s causing it will help you to identify what you need to take out of your space when you’re winding down.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
Along with your daily hydration, I found it to be a huge help in my own self care routine to have a big glass of water right before bed. Not only was I not waking up in the middle of the night searching for water, but it made me feel so much better the next day almost instantly.
This is also true of your skin. You don’t have to go out and get the fanciest moisturizer, just having something to keep your skin hydrated and enriched will make the world of difference.
In my own self care, I started to notice that my skin’s texture started to improve when I focused on adding this into my nighttime routine.
Learning & Education
It may sound odd, but having something that enriches your life through learning at the end of your day is one of the biggest mood boosts that I gave to myself.
When you set out to enrich your life through something new, your brain is at it’s peak retention time right before bed. You remember things more vividly the closer to sleep you are!
Use this time to read up or tune into something that you’re interested in! You’ll be surprised as to how fast you’ll pick it up!
A spruced up Bedroom
Whenever you’re in a room that just feels right, your mood is going to jump immediately. What I started to implement was a “turn down service” where I would go into my bedroom before bed and just spruce it up before I got there.
Turning down the bed, turning the dim light on, making it so it looks inviting so I can just come in and end my day right. If you’re looking for a more organized bedroom, I have a whole post dedicated to just that!
Reclaiming the bedroom was one of the best things I did for my self care because it made my day begin and end at a place where I wanted to be. If you want to snag my exact way how, you can check it out here!
Plan out for tomorrow
This one is one of my best, all-time favorites. Planning out the day the night before takes the stress out of the morning and helps to put my day in prospective so I can go at it at a relaxed pace.
This could look like planning out your day in your planner, getting your lunch ready, setting out your bag… Anything that is going to make your day flow easily is a huge benefit.
Self care is all about feeling less stressed, so taking the burden and shifting it day by day is a must for your nighttime routine!
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