I’m the type of person that needs a routine, or else my life can be chaos. When it comes to my night-time routine, sometimes I do a really good job at sticking to my routine. I wash my face, moisturize, read a little, take a long shower, etc. I will go a few weeks doing everything I should be doing at night (in terms of my routine). But then there are other days when I can get into the bad habit of just going straight to bed without any of the other steps first. Once I start, it’s easy to break out of that bad habit. This month has been a little bit crazy and I got lazy about washing my face every night and my skin has suffered for it. I got some new skin care products recently and I wanted to make sure that I started a night-time routine again, not just to make sure that the products work correctly, but to have a better nights sleep. Here are a few things I like to do before going to bed at night.
10 Things To Do Before Going To Bed:
Wash your face
I never realized until this past year how important it is to wash your face every night. I don’t just mean removing your makeup, but making sure to moisturize, put on add cream, maybe a toner or even a face mask if you have the time. I admit that this is one of my least favorite things to do each night, but I still make myself take the time to do it.
For some reason, reading in bed makes me so sleepy, which is why I never read in bed if I’m not planning on going to sleep anything soon. I usually only get to read a few chapters when I read in bed at night before falling asleep, even if the book is really good.
Listen to an audiobook
If reading doesn’t put you to sleep, listening to an audiobook (or music) is also another good option. I usually like to listen to audiobooks while setting up my blog posts the night before. I like the calming effect audiobooks have on me.
Watch ONE episode of a TV show
My boyfriend and I always watch an episode before going to sleep. It’s become a habit of ours, watch a show and turn off the TV once it’s over. Right now we are currently watching Bob’s Burgers or King of the Hill before bed. A light and fun TV show may be a better option than something intense…
Pick your outfit for the next day
Since I’m a stay at home mom right now, this doesn’t really apply to me, but I do make sure to pick my kids outfit for school every night. It saves so much time to do this at night and have everything else ready including a sweater, shoes, homework, snacks, etc.
Take a long bath or shower
I love to shower at night, there’s nothing better than taking a hot shower and being able to lay down after. When I shower during the day, it usually has to be a fast shower while the baby is asleep, so night showers are my favorite.
Make a do-list for the next day
I am all about lists. I make a list for everything! Groceries I need, books I want to read, audiobooks I want to listen to, makeup I want to buy, things I need to do. Having a list of things I know I have to do the next day is great so that I don’t have to try to remember the following morning, especially since I have a terrible memory.
Set up your blog post for the next day
I always try to set up my blog posts the night before, whenever I have the time. My morning are pretty crazy between having to get two girls ready for school, drop them off and pick up the little boy I babysit on the way back. The last thing I want to do after all that is set up a blog post, so I really try my best to do it the night before.
Set some time aside to write a few thoughts about your day
I really love this Reflection journal from Typo. It has a question for each day, for 3 years and it takes no time to answer the question is the slot provided and really helps me reflect on my day.
Silent your phone
I always make sure I silent my phone every night before I even lay down, even if I’m not ready to go to sleep yet. I also move it away from my bed and usually set it on the floor so I’m not tempted to get it. Between 3 email accounts, social media notifications, and text notifications my phone can buzz quite a lot during the night and I hate hearing the vibrating noise…then wondering what or who it was so silent is the best option for me for fewer distractions.
Do you do any of these steps before going to bed? What else do you like to do before going to bed?