Last week, I wrote a post on My Self Care Morning Routine. So many of you said that the post helped you create your own healthy, morning routine so I thought I’d tell you about my Self Care Evening Routine!
I am a huge believer in taking the time to look after yourself in order to avoid burnout. Work and day to day activities can leave you mentally and physically exhausted however, taking the time to focus on your self care every evening will help you wind down correctly.
Continue reading for the 5 healthy habits I do every night to create my perfect self care evening routine.
Change Into Something Comfortable
My self care evening routine begins as soon as I get home from work and chuck off my shoes. As lovely as I find my everyday clothes, all I want to do after a long day at work is change into my comfy, coziest PJ’s.
Changing into your comfy clothes helps you separate yourself from the day. Having a separate ‘work wardrobe’ and ‘home wardrobe’ will help you mentally leave work at work. If you have a stressful job then this self care evening habit is essential.
Have Some Me Time
Whether you have been rushing about at work, looking after the kids or running errands you need to have some ‘Me Time.’ This literally means putting aside 30 minutes to an hour to focus on something you love.
For me, after I’ve changed into my comfy clothes and taken my makeup off, I make myself a cup of tea and write. I find writing (blog posts or in my journal) a therapeutic way to relax and unwind.
What do you love to do? What makes you feel happy and relaxed? I’ve listed a few activities below to help you plan your ‘Me Time!’
- Reading a book
- Having a hot, bubble bath
- Going for a run/ walk
- Watching Netflix
- Getting creative (painting, drawing, sewing)
Read/ Listen To A Book
Aside from actually going to sleep, reading or listening to an audio-book is the best part of my evening, self care routine. Ever-since I was a child I have always loved to read both fiction and non fiction books. For 2019 I set a goal of reading 80 books before the end of the year. So far its going well!
Reading has been scientifically proven to reduce stress more than music, drinking a cup of tea and going for a walk. Reading for 6 minutes a day could literally change your life.
If you’re not a huge fan of reading a physical book then try audio-books. I use Audible to listen to audio-books. Audible are the worlds largest producer and provider of audio-books. They have books on everything, from finance to personal development. Whether you want to read fiction or non-fiction, you definitely need to check out audible and sign up for their 30 day free trial here.
I started listening to audio books at the beginning of 2019 and since then I have become obsessed. I mainly listen to audio books on personal development and happiness while I walk to work, cook tea and do house work. It’s a brilliant way to turn those boring, mundane tasks to something you will look forward to. Start your Audible 30 day free trial today!
Reflect On The Day
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of journaling. I am constantly doing 30 day journal challenges for self reflection or improvement.
However, until this year, I couldn’t understand the hype around journaling. People would tell me how it has changed their lives and I would smile and secretly roll my eyes. However, this year I made an effort to make journaling work for me and have become a member of the ‘journaling can change your life’ club.
Before you go to sleep, take 5-15 minutes to write about your day and anything that occurred. Write about anything that made you happy, mad, excited or upset. Writing about any negative experiences will get them out of your head and help you process your thoughts and feelings. Writing about any happy memories will enable you to relive them and fall to sleep happy.
Set A Bed Time
Yep, that’s right. We are going back to being children with strict bedtimes, except this time there is no adult to scold us for staying awake.
In all seriousness, having a bed time is an essential for a healthy, self care evening routine. Why? Because when you have a regular bedtime you will find it easier to function throughout the day. We all know that we need to have enough sleep to function normally but we also need a consistent sleep schedule.
Having an irregular sleep schedule poses many health risks including a higher risk of depression and anxiety. In order to find your optimal bedtime, count back 9 hours from when you need to wake up. This should be the time you aim to fall asleep every evening.
If you’re used to staying up late and sleeping irregularly this will be hard at first but it will be worth it in the end!
What do you do as part of your self care evening routine? Let us know in the comments below!