Since I made a post on my morning routine, I thought I’d share my night routine, as well.
While the morning is my time to set up the day to be productive, the evening is for me to relax and wind down after a long day. My night routine isn’t as structured as my morning one, but there are certain things I do every night:
My evening generally begins with exercise, either using the elliptical or following a YouTube at-home-workout video on my yoga mat, around 5 p.m. I know that I work out pretty late in the day, but since I’m not a morning person, I’m unable to exercise in the morning more than 2-3 days in a row. There have also been times when I ended up exercising later in the night (like 10 p.m…oops). Of course, I try not to do it that late, because by then, I’m tired and won’t want to exercise anymore.
MAKE & EAT DINNER
I usually start feeling hungry around half an hour after exercising, so I like to make dinner right after my workout. By the time I feel hungry, the food is ready! For me, eating is a leisure activity, and dinner basically marks the time to stop working and relax for the rest of the night.
DRY BRUSH & SHOWER
I like to go to bed feeling fresh and clean so I shower at night. Before I hop into the shower though, I always dry brush first. I’ve talked about dry brushing before, but it offers a lot of benefits, such as exfoliation and lymphatic drainage. Read more about it here.
I tend to be the most creative at night, like right before bedtime or while I’m trying to sleep. I used to have to get up while I was trying to fall asleep (*bangs head on desk*), because I suddenly had a great idea and had to write it down so I don’t forget it in the morning. Journaling allows me to release all my thoughts before going to bed.
SLEEP BY MIDNIGHT
Of course, the night ends with SLEEP! I use the “Bedtime” feature in the Clock app on my iPhone to remind me to go to bed by midnight so I get a full 8 hours of sleep. I set my goal bedtime and wake up time, and the app will remind me to go to bed 30 minutes before midnight. I’m still working on going to bed on time, but the app is super helpful. As a night owl, I could easily stay up until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. if I lose track of time.