The post I wrote in March about dealing with sleepless nights has been a popular one here on the blog, leading me to believe many of us wake up at all hours, worrying about what’s going on in our lives.
I’m doing well these days and don’t find myself tossing and turning while fretting about work or my personal life too often.
I put it down to knowing I have strategies to lean on if I do wake up, and also my pre-bedtime rituals.
So what do I get up to of an evening?
My skincare routine
Skincare has become a non-negotiable for me, but not necessarily one I would have previously included as part of my wind-down routine.
However, years ago, a good friend of mine who lives in Sweden and is possibly one of the most relaxed people I know, told me that her favourite time of day was when she took her makeup off at night.
She would stand for at least 20 minutes, going through her ritual and just reflecting on the day.
Although I’m not patient enough to hang around for 20 minutes, I do find it therapeutic to wash the day off and feel pampered and relaxed as I head towards bedtime.
My yoga routine
If you do one thing from this post, do this!
I’m often at super sleepy stage by the time I drag myself off to bed, but I do my best to stop for 10 minutes and do some yoga. I have never regretted it and usually feel on the next level of relaxation and completely stretched out from the day.
You can thank me later after your amazing night of sleep.
My reading routine
I struggle with consistency here if I’m honest, but ditching social media for a book sets me up for a much better night of sleep.
As I mentioned here, reading is a real act of self-love for me and most importantly helps me switch off.
Whether you escape to another world while reading fiction or try another way of thinking if you’re reading non-fiction, put the day aside and try a new book instead.
What are your before bed rituals?