A few months ago I decided that it was actually pretty important for me to have a regular night routine to help keep me grounded and reduce stress because, I tell you what, 2019 was a crazy – all over the place – kind of year. (I still owe you a real recap of that mess. . .)
I knew that it was important to me to combine some functionality as well as some “self-care” into my routine – otherwise I couldn’t keep that balance. I want to say about October is when I decided that this is what I would really truly do nightly and I just kind of picked one thing and then slowly built my routine around that.
(I’m still working the kinks out of my morning routine, so one day when I’m not so wishy-washy about it, I’ll write you a little post about that as well.)
What started off as having a cup of tea and lighting a candle to wind down has become this:
Tidy Up: (15 minutes time, max)
– Put the last load of laundry in the dryer
– Clean any dishes left from after dinner/wipe down kitchen counters
– Set up coffee for tomorrow/set up what I need to make lunches in the morning
– Pick up the dogs’ toys
– Pick up the “closet room” (just a punctuation to the fact that we live in excess. . . but come-on, an entire room as a closet? Yes, please.)
Bedroom Prep: (2 minutes, probably. . . unless you need to pet a dog that is laying on the bed.)
– Close the curtains
– Light a candle
- I’m just really into candles lately as far as mood for the room. I like the way the light and the way the smell affect the ambiance. Shoot, I have a candle in the kitchen, too. Right now all of my candles are from Family Dollar because they actually have some nice scents! The one in the bathroom is “rain” scented, and the one in my bedroom is Frankincense and Myrrh.
– Set out out a cup of tea
- Since this is a night routine, the tea should be anything that is non-caffeinated. My mom has recently been getting us this chamomile tea from grove.co and we are hooked! Especially with local honey whisked in! Yummm. My absolute favorite tea in the whole wide world is Licorice Spice by Stash, and my dude’s recommendation is any Sleepytime Tea by Celestial Seasonings. But really, any delicious herbal tea will do!
– Set out water in copper cup – this seems really weird probably, but I read that an ayurvedic practice is to drink water from a copper cup because there are a lot of benefits. I don’t feel too qualified to really go into detail about that for your here, so I’m going to link some information (to the copper cup)*.
– Set out over-night water bottle (notice a water theme here? This girl will never go thirsty – I may not even need this, but better to have it and not need it – you knowwww)
- This is my favorite water bottle right now!
– Turn on the Salt Lamp
– Set alarm/put phone “to bed” (This is actually done post-shower, but that doesn’t fit my categories)
– Set out 2-cup serving of “morning water” – to drink first thing when I shut my alarm off
Wash the Day Away: (Yeah – let’s be honest – this part takes about 30 minutes)
– Start a hot shower
– Light a candle/make sure salt lamp is on (yes I DO have a salt lamp in the bathroom as well!)
– Turn out the lights (there’s plenty of peaceful light from the candle(s) and salt lamp)
– Turn on Sound Bot and set music to some relaxing spa music or 528hz music
- I linked the Sound Bot on Amazon. They are so cool! It’s a blue tooth speaker that is set to have amazing shower accoustics and you can even take a call in the shower if you’re about that life. . .
- I literally just type into youtube “relaxing spa music” and pick one.
– Brush teeth/pop in a tablespoon of coconut oil to oil pull while in shower
– Take a nice relaxing shower
- Scents I enjoy for my products are: coconut, coconut oil, charcoal, sea salt, sea mineral, amber, honey. . . I find that those tend to make me feel really good.
– Dry off/rub down with coconut oil
– Blow out the candle
The Final Descent: (30ish minutes + however long it takes)
– Migrate to the bed room and put on some comfy pjs
– Do some kind of yoga – there is a 30-Day yoga challenge that I will probably start tomorrow. I have done it before and tend to really enjoy it, but I’ve never made it all the way through – I’ll do a separate post on this!
– Pull a tarot card/do a tarot reading (Maybe) Meh! I’ve been into it lately. I like it, it’s interesting. Also my brother got me a really cool crystal ball for Christmas so it gives me a chance to put it to good use, too!
– Brain dump in notebook – this is very important for me, because if I don’t I’ll just sit up all night an worry about tiny things. This way I can go through my notebook in the morning and address whatever I “dumped”.
– Enjoy my tea and copper cup water (throughout this whole time)
– Blow out the candle and go to sleep zzzZZZzzz
That somewhat seems like a lot, but it’s really not – I put 15 minutes down for tidying up, I’m willing to bet it’s more like 5 minutes. This whole process likely takes just about an hour – mostly depending on how much I’m enjoying the hot water and how long the yoga routine that I choose is.
Yes – I do generally take a shower every single day. This may seem contradictory on two levels – my long hair journey and my environmental impact/awareness. First off – I don’t wash my hair every day, if I did, it would be so hard to deal with. Second, and more importantly – yes I understand that daily showers is an excessive use of water. First world problems, and all of that (I really shouldn’t have such a flippant attitude regarding that, but I do). I am very fortunate that I live in a country where I have the privilege to choose to “waste” water on a daily basis. I have always been the type to shower at least once a day – let’s count this as a win that I don’t shower twice a day anymore. Also, I go to the gym every single day – I refuse to not wash that off of me. Also, I am just not going to be clean because it makes me feel good and relaxed and I need that.
I hope this maybe inspired you to start a night routine, or if you have one, it gave you some ideas.
Comment below and let me know what you do for your night routine or if you have any suggestions for me I’d love to see!
* Nothing that I have linked am I in any way affiliated with, I am just intending to be transparent with the products I use. The copper drinking method link and the oil pulling link are just thorough links I found and the author of said articles do not necessarily reflect any my own personal opinions and vice versa.