For many people, evenings are often a time for last minute work that should have been completed earlier (and is usually due the following day), a time when the overthinking begins (that later occupies time that should be spent sleeping) and potentially a time when stresses to be tackled the following day seem almost impossible.
Self care is an easy way to fix this.
Ideally, your evening should be a time to relax, unwind and maybe even indulge in your favourite Netflix and ice cream combo.
Here is a routine I find helpful not only to enjoy my evening but to get a better night’s sleep:
1. Put on your favourite chilled out music– I mentioned some of my favourite artists for this in my Self Care on the Go post, which you can find here.
2. Check any social media that’s on your mind and send any necessary messages so that’s not in the back of your mind.
3. Check your schedule and make a list of the things you need to do the following day and the places you need to go. That way you’ll be able to fall asleep and wake up knowing you’re not going to forget anything important!
4. Have a hot shower- the heat of the water on your skin helps to relieve tension and relax muscles and gives you time to cleanse yourself of thoughts for the day too! Try to step away from things on your mind when you step out of the shower feeling refreshed. There’s no harm in having a shower to relax you in the evening even though you had one in the morning- I’m a big believer in the power of an unnecessary shower (or bath) (never underestimate a scented shower gel or bath bomb).
5. Put on your cosiest pyjamas and snuggle up in bed with your favourite snack and a hot drink (I’d recommend cookies and hot chocolate or a relaxing herbal tea).
5. Replace the music with a movie or series you’re loving- sit back, relax, munch and enjoy.
6. Switch off screens and take some time to enjoy reading a book- this way you won’t have blue light technology keeping you awake!
7. Make sure that when you want to go to sleep you turn off as many sources of light as possible– this really helps with the quality of your sleep.
I hope you find at least one of these steps helpful in your self care.
‘Build self care into your life. You deserve it.’