I wanted to share my night-time routine in hopes that I can give you some ideas! Having a nighttime routine has helped my mental health because it allows me to calm down so I can get a good nights sleep without over thinking and lying awake with anxiety.
My routine starts at 8:00 pm and I give myself two hours before it’s lights out and I’m falling asleep at 10:00 pm.
8:00 pm- Stop any work that you’re doing. For me, it means any work I didn’t get done or any school work I didn’t get done, I stop. Unless it’s due the next day. But, I stop everything at 8 o’clock and I am no longer allowed to worry about it.
After that, I get showered and grab a snack. I know that people say not to snack after dinner, but if I go to bed hungry, I wake up with a headache. I usually watch TV with my family until about 9 o’clock. Sometime after 9 o’clock, I’ll go back to bed, turn on my Himalayan salt lamp and my diffuser with lavender. Then, I turn off my light, grab a book, and use my book light to read a chapter of whatever book I’m reading. Right now, I’m reading The Power of Habit.
There are nights where I don’t read. Sometimes I listen to music. If my anxiety is really high, I tend to listen to music to clear my thoughts or maybe to encourage me to go through whatever I’m feeling. If I’m sad, maybe I listen to sad music to get it out, or I listen to happy music. It really depends on what I’m feeling!
I try to be asleep by 10, but since my classes ended, that hasn’t been happening too often. Some people say a routine is more important now than ever. But, it truly depends on you. If you feel your best with a routine, do it! If not, don’t stress about it.
The reason behind sharing my night routine is because I think it’s so important to develop routines that make you feel good. I love my routine because it gives me time with my family, and time to stop working. Before, if I didn’t get everything done in time, I would overwork myself. I also tend to stress at night and I know I’m not the only night-time over-thinker, so shutting myself down at 8:00 pm is what works for me.
A tip for when you can’t sleep is to find a meditation app and listen to their night time stories. I was skeptical, but they put me to sleep almost every time. I like Headspace and Shine!
Another tip for getting calm for bed is journal out your feelings, read, listen to calming music, and meditate. Also, maybe some night-time yoga.
If you have a night-time routine please share! I want ideas and I’m curious to know what works for you all!