After a long and stressful day of work, it’s important to take some time for yourself at night. Use your night time routine as a way to squeeze in some extra self-love. This doesn’t have to be anything crazy or elaborate. Self-love doesn’t have to be taking a long bath with champagne and rose petals and it doesn’t have to be lounging in bed eating an entire box of donuts. There are 3 essential, but simple, steps I include in my night time routine to practice self-love and to also relax my mind before bed. Of course, you can feel free to add any steps that you find necessary in your routine. If you’re seeking some new inspiration or ideas on how to practice self-love before bed, here is what I include in my night time routine.
I begin to get ready for bed by taking a shower. I am someone who prefers showering at night because I find it soothing to take a warm shower after a stressful day and to wash away all the day’s stressors. Showers are a time when we tend to do a lot of thinking. This could be a good time to reflect on the day’s events and to think about what you can do better tomorrow. I also find it easiest to sleep when I’m feeling fresh and clean.
After my shower, I make sure to take extra good care of my skin. I begin by washing my face with my Dove Beauty Bar and then use a retinol serum. Also, I apply an eye cream, which I am currently using RoC Retinol Correction Anti Aging Eye Treatment. I experiment with eye creams often, as I have yet to find the perfect one. I finish off my routine with a nice and thick moisturizer that I apply to my face and body. For my face, I use CeraVe and for my body I use Bath and Body Works.
The second, and maybe even the most important step, is to get comfortable. Put on a cozy pair of pajamas. Brew yourself a cup of hot tea (caffeine- free, of course). Feel free to watch a movie, but do your best to avoid social media and try to avoid all electronics for at least an hour before bed time. This might be a nice time to curl up with a good book or to paint your nails. Take some time to relax and do something you enjoy before bed.
Before going to bed, journal all about the day’s events. Write about what’s on your mind and what you are grateful for. You can even take time to set your intentions for tomorrow. It’s perfectly alright to vent about the day, but do your best to reflect some positivity in your journal as well. I wrote a post on Dumb Little Man on why you should keep your journal positive and another post on how to do so. You don’t want to reflect on your stressors too much, as this might stay on your mind and affect your sleeping. Instead, if you reflect on the good in life, you will fall asleep feeling a little bit better and wake up in the morning well-rested and with more motivation.
These are steps I include in my night time routine, but of course, do what’s best for you. Find a routine that makes you feel relaxed and that helps you sleep better at night. Whether it be a quick yoga flow or calling someone you love, experiment with your own routine to discover what’s best for you.