I’m sure you’ve had them too: those coffee-filled crazy work days when you’re literally counting the hours (minutes) till home time – and fantasizing about a glass of wine… and getting into bed by 8pm.
(Maaaaybe even a cupcake or two…)
Yeah… I’m talking about THOSE days.
Listen, I’m all for positive vibes and a cheery mindset, but let’s be real – life isn’t always sunshine and roses. Sometimes it’s just a crappy season (or, the end of year silly season *ahem*… insane pressure).
A chilled, cozy night time routine can REALLY help to break up those stressful times.5 Ideas For Creating a Cozy Night Time Routine You'll Love. #selfcare #selflove Click To Tweet
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I’ve started experimenting with a FLEXIBLE (key word right there) night time routine over the last week or two.
And you know? I’m actually enjoying it… and (gasp) sticking to it!
Mainly because I’m not being overly ambitious about it – like I always am with new things. I’m also not being rigid about doing it every single day… I do it when I need to, and most importantly – when I WANT to.
Because these things should never (imo), feel like yet another thing we need to check off our to do list.
#NOTETOSELF – Self care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary – especially on the bad days.
It’s a lot easier to stick to things you enjoy when you learn to take that crippling perfectionism pressure OFF.
In today’s post, I’m sharing a few things that I’ve been building into my night time routine to help relieve stress, calm some anxiety, and recharge after a hectic day.Carving out a night time routine you love, can give you a major self care pick-me-up on those yuk days. Click To Tweet
5 Ideas For Creating a Cozy Night Time Routine You’ll Love
Here’s the thing: What works for me might be totally different to what works for you.
We’re all different, with different personalities and priorities. I’m a big fan of tailoring things so that they fit where I’m at right NOW. Not because someone else is doing it this way or that way, or because five months ago I did it another way.
Change is constant.
We’re constantly shifting and growing – you’re not the same person you were a year ago, so if you get frustrated that things aren’t the way they used to be (interests, passions, whatever) – give yourself a break.
Just try something new, or do things a different way. At least, that’s what I’m trying and it seems to be working.
I’ve been tweaking this routine here and there, and I’ve found that switching things up based on my mood is the way to go! I do what feels RIGHT there and then – not what’s trendy.
Okay, let’s get to those five night time routine ideas already!
1. Have a Hot Shower and Get COMFY
Sometimes it really is as simple as “washing the day away” with a hot shower. Shut the bathroom door and just indulge in a little self care mini sanctuary time. I find that having just one pamper(ish) product helps me unwind a lot faster – like an exfoliating scrub or a fruity shampoo that makes me feel like I’m on some far-away tropic island (I wish!)
It amazes me every time how much better I feel after a shower at night. RELAXED. Because, there’s no morning rush-rush-rush. Happiness. And hello? Is there anything better than showering, putting comfy PJs on and jumping straight into bed? Heaven after a shitty day, heaven.
2. Get Into Bed With Your Favourite Podcast
I’m so happy I’m back into podcasts again, I missed them! Right now, I’m listening to two awesome podcasts:
One is called Self Work and it’s by a psychologist who talks about anxiety management, and the other is The Adult Chair, it’s a podcast for empath personalities. I LOVE, love, love Michelle and this podcast. She also does drive time chats and mini guided meditations (which oddly enough, is how I discovered her podcast).
Tip? Just make sure you choose your podcast before bed wisely – I mean, I wouldn’t go and listen to Gary Vaynerchuk when I’m trying to wind down after a hectic day!The key to sticking with any new habit is to keep it simple, switch it up when you feel the need, and most importantly - make it FUN! Click To Tweet
3. Stretch Out The Stress (Foam Roller Massage is Amazing!)
If only we could just book a full body massage at the end of every week… how awesome would that be?! Well, I don’t know about you, but that’s not exactly in my budget at the moment. So pulling out my yoga mat and stretching or foam rolling is the next best thing. But WOW, it’s so good – especially the foam rolling.
It’s crazy if you think about the amount of stress and tension we hold in our bodies every day. Stretching or foam rolling is a great way to relax those muscles and be more mindful in the moment.
(And it’s ESPECIALLY great if you’re an over-thinker like me me!)
4. Try a Sleep Story or Soothing Guided Meditation
I’m a HUGE fan of meditation apps right now. Calm and Insight Timer are my two favourites. Calm has a few free sleep stories that are so incredible if you just want to feel like a kid again and listen to a story to help you sleep. Insight Timer has hundreds of meditations – from a few minutes to over an hour. The guided meditations for stress and the nature sounds are AWESOME and they’re my go tos.
Guided meditations are great if your mind often wanders or if you struggle to stay in the moment. It’s literally just someone guiding you through a meditation – talking in a soothing tone, with some calming background sounds. It’s also a great way to dip your toes into meditating if you’re new to it.If the word meditating intimidates you, think of it as relaxing time. YOUR little relaxing time to decompress and recharge. Click To Tweet
5. Journal The Crap Out of Your Day
The best part about having a personal journal is that NO ONE else gets to read it but you. That means, whatever crappy day you’ve had, whoever you’re annoyed with, whatever is bothering you – that can all be written out in which way you want (swear words, capital letters, a gazillion exclamation marks… the works). It’s some seriously therapeutic stuff!
I’m busy doing a 30 day journalling challenge and it’s quite interesting to see the kinds of things that spill onto my pages with each topic. There’s no one to read it, there’s no judgement, it’s just me and my thoughts on paper… Yay, ON paper, NOT going round and round and getting stuck in my head.
Making self care a priority is SO damn important, because YOU are important. You and your personal well-being. #selfcare #selflove
4 Quick Tips For Sticking To Your Night Time Routine
- I don’t know about you, but I get so frustrated if I start a new habit and then three days later I’m out of it. That’s what happens when you’re a (recovering) perfectionist. With this nightly relaxing time, I’m being a LOT more flexible about it– that’s the one thing I’d recommend giving a go. Take that pressure AWAY!
- Start small. If you try and do 5 – 10 things in one night from the get go, you’re probably going to feel overwhelmed… kind of the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve! So build on, maybe start with one thing, like a mini stretch and go from there. See what feels good and add on. Switch things up.
- If you can, try and stick to the same (ish) time every night. I do my night time routine just before bed, so it’s easier than trying to fit it in when there’s a gap of time (haha – we all know that doesn’t exist… we’ve gotta MAKE the time).
- Block that time off, whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour. Seriously, this is important. You are important and your well-being is important. Tell the family, put it in the calendar if you must… anything to make sure you’ve got those few minutes of quiet time to yourself, uninterrupted.
What are some of your favourite ways to relax after a stressful day at work?
Do you have any night time routines you love?