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Have you been trying to create a nighttime self-care routine but never feel as if it resonates with you? Do you find yourself working until it’s time for bed, or sleep in the late hours of the night? Do you feel sometimes stressed and uncomfortable before going to sleep because you’re thinking of problems or issues going on through your life?
We’ve all been there sis’. I have been there too.
When we find ourselves creating habits, bad habits, it detriments our bodies and, most of all, our health. If you want to start preparing yourself better the night before, then you’re going to have to start with DESIRING to be better. You have to DESIRE to build good healthy habits because it’s great for you in the long run.
So if you’re ready to build a desirable nighttime self-care routine, then I have a checklist for you to set you up so you can finally have a relaxing, peaceful, nighttime routine that resonates with you.
Let’s get started.
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Create A Time Stop
If you find yourself on the computer in the late hours of the night, then it’s time to think about your priorities. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleeping, even with the computer on emits your brain and your body to sleep less and less. Sleeping with either the computer or TV light promotes wakefulness, which means less sleep for you and a bit more frustration when you wake up.
So for you to get a good night’s sleep, you need to set up a time where you need to turn off all of your electronics, preferably an hour or hour and a half before your bedtime. It’s also important to get a good 6-8 hours nights of sleep so you can wake up refreshed.
Make Tomorrow A Bit Easier
Another routine to add to your nighttime self-care checklist is by doing sometimes the night before that you won’t have to do the next day, like washing the dishes, for example.
If you have a dish or dishes that need to be washed, doing so the night before gives you a bit of peace for tomorrow. That way, when you come home from work the next day, you don’t have to wash anything or add more dirty dishes. You can also save time and money by purchasing plastic utensils along with heavy-duty paper plates so you won’t have to wash the dishes every day.
I love using paper plates and plastic utensils during the week because it saves me time and money. I may already have glass plates and silver utensils, but those are used more for the weekend when I have more time to do indulge in cooking.
Plan The Next Day
For the day ahead, take some time to think about your task list or some things you want to find yourself doing. Make sure though, that it is not a bunch of tasks you got to do, to the point that you find yourself sleeping late at night.
We don’t want that. The purpose of creating a nighttime routine checklist is by tending to our self-care. To create a routine that resonates with us, allows us to relax, and promote healthy habits.
Using a planner is a great tool for planning your next day. I personally use the Blue Sky planner because it contains, the calendars years ahead, important holidays, the monthly and weekly pages. I love writing more in the weeks since I don’t really have a space to write my task list in the month area. I also like the fact that it also has notes located at the end of the planner, so I can write down mini thoughts to myself.
If you’re looking for a planner where you can write down your goals (and keep at it), practice daily gratitude, provide you mini tips on how to live a mindful life, and provide awesome motivational quotes, I would recommend the Dailygreatness planner. These are the next best planners/journals that aren’t just planners to get you through the day, they also help you pay attention to yourself and how you feel. If you want more information, here’s a link to their website.
Create a Relaxing, Mindful Evening
Imagine your dream self-care nighttime routine. If you could create your best nighttime self-care routine, what would it look like? How would it make you feel? What would you do? Thinking about those questions can help you design a nighttime self-care routine checklist that resonates with you. I’m not going to give you a checklist of what should be included in your routine. We’re all diverse individuals with different ways to relax. So find what best fits your lifestyle and get into it.
Clean your face
This is an optional routine checklist, but I love cleaning my face from a long day’s work. Other than eating and drinking right, a clean face is also essential to a nighttime routine. It’s less buildup compared to when sleeping without cleaning your face.
Before buying an appropriate face mask or face wash, make sure that the product is designed for your skin type. For example, my skin is a combination of skin, meaning that some parts of my face are dry while others are oily. In order for you to check if your skin is oily or a combination of both dry and oily, there are several ways to do that.
- If your skin feels tight after some hours after applying lotion or moisturizer (you can easily determine in the winter season), then your skin is dry. Otherwise, if you don’t feel skin tightness, then your skin is oily.
- Look in the mirror. If your skin shines bright all over, then you have oily skin.
- You can use a clean oily-free finger to check out your oily and dry spots.
The Biore baking soda face cleanser is my favorite product to use in the night, along with a face brush (you can buy a simple one at Dollar tree). It conditions the dry parts of my face without leaving it squeaky clean. I do apply a moisturizer like this just to condition my skin a bit.
Face masks are also great alternative options to face cleansers. The Freemans facemask products are great for all skin types. My current favorite is the one with the avocado and the oatmeal. It purifies while leaving my skin clean and soft. I do apply a bit f moisturizer after this as well.
There you have it! I hope you found this post helpful. This post provided information on how to build the best nighttime self-care routine checklist that resonates with your life. Having a nighttime routine is necessary to build healthy habits and gives you time to do what you love at the same time.
What is the one mindful, self-care thing you do before you go to bed?
Until Next Time,