I’m sure this comes as a shock to no-one after my morning routine post last week, but today I’m going to share with you all how I wind down at the end of the day and prepare myself for bed.
My evening routine is one of those things that really only happens in an ideal day, I’m even less consistent with it than I am with my morning routine, and even that is a rare treat.
However, when I do carry out these steps, I find I get to sleep easier, wake up earlier and just generally feel better both before I go to bed and when I wake up.
As you all know, I could ramble on all day, so let’s just cut to the chase and get into my evening routine…
9:00pm – 15 Minute Tidy Up
Yes, I do my 10-minute tidy up in the morning, but that’s mainly just damage control after getting reading. This 15-minute tidying/cleaning session is a time to do dishes, wipe down surfaces, empty bins, clear out the fridge or clean the filter in my shower (gross, but necessary). This tidy/clean is a time to actually make my house liveable.
Sometimes, especially if I’ve been working from home all day, it does end up being just another tidy up and put away session, but regardless of what I do in its time, I always feel so much better knowing that I’ve done something to improve my home’s cleanliness.
9:15pm – Tea and planning
This is a chill time in my day, it’s time to have some tea and tick off all the things I got done in my planner. It’s also when I update my trackers and monthly spreads and plan tomorrow’s dailies.
It’s a great way of setting yourself up for the day ahead and closing the page on today, regardless of how well it went!
9:25pm – Brush teeth
Again, it goes without saying that you should brush your teeth.
9:30pm – Get ready for bed
Then it’s time to get ready for bed – to take off my face, take off the day’s outfit and get comfy in my PJs. I don’t take too long over the whole getting-ready-for-bed process, so I don’t have much to report really.
9:35pm – Devotional and bible time
This is a part of my day that I really want to extend/become more consistent at including. I always feel so peaceful when I make time for God in my day, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen.
Essentially, I just work through a devotional plan on my bible app, or sometimes I’ll choose a book of the bible and read a chapter a night… it just depends on how I’m feeling, and what I think will be most useful.
9:45pm – Last technology of the day
Then it’s time for the last Facebook/Instagram scroll of the day. I give my emails all one last check before setting my alarm and putting my phone on the charge.
Giving myself a little half hour of no tech probably isn’t enough, but I still notice a huge difference in my sleep quality, so it’ll do for now.
10:00pm – Reading (hopefully for pleasure)
At night, I try to read for pleasure, but sometimes I just can’t get my uni work out of my head so I do some course reading instead. Often doing some course reading brings me a lot of peace knowing I’ve achieved something extra in my day. Either way, half an hour between the pages of a book every night adds up and really helps to relax my mind before I go to sleep.
10:30pm – Lights out, time for sleep
I’m a pretty big overthinker, so I’m not saying I manage to fall asleep the second my head hits the pillow, but if I’m strict with myself, I can usually get a decent night’s sleep without too much hassle.
And that’s it! Like I said, I try not to let my evening routine impact on any social occasions or events, it’s not meant to be something that constrains me but rather something that improves my life and my mental state.
I’d love to hear about how you guys wind down for bed, are you a night owl (like I used to be) or do you like your beauty rest? Let me know in the comments below!