With years of trying to perfect multitasking (and never really accomplishing), I have come to the conclusion that following a routine makes it easier for me to accomplish all that is needed to be done. I have a morning routine, a working routine, an afternoon routine, and a bedtime routine. I have already shared with you morning routine tips and now want to share tips for making a bedtime routine that can work for you as it works for me.
My bedtime routine starts right after the kids go to bed and my “mom role” is turned off, here are my tips:
- Finish cleaning the kitchen / tidy up the living room: I take the time to clean the kitchen, do the dishes, clean the stove, wipe and tidy up the kitchen island, swipe the floors and tidy up and declutter the living room. Since I do this every day, it really takes no more than 15 – 20 minutes to complete this task and there is no better feeling than waking up to a clean and fresh kitchen.
- Check the calendars and to-do list: I take 10 – 15 min to answer any pending emails, check my family calendar and update my to-do list for the next day. Also, any bills or home expenses are done or updated at this time.
- Take a shower: There is no better way to put an end to a day than by taking a shower. It’s the best way to wash off a hectic, crazy, and non-stop day.
- Beauty routine: I am turning 40 in June so the closer I get to this date the more I pay attention to my beauty routine. I keep it simple, by cleansing my face well and using face oil or serum and finishing with a face and eye cream. Twice a week a do a facial, usually a sheet mask.
- Read a book: From a self-help book to a mystery thriller to a romantic novel or a magazine. Reading is a way that I calm down and take the time to relax and let my mind enjoy the wonderful world of books. I personally keep about 5 books in my nightstand and go one after the other. If you are not a fan of reading, you can take this time to write in your journal or listen to a book, rather than reading it.
- Practice Gratitude: You can use an app or say it out loud or write it in your journal. Acknowledging what you are grateful for will give you inner peace, love for the people in your life and faith for a better tomorrow.
- Meditate: Take 5 – 10 minutes to meditate right before you go to bed, it can be a breathing exercise or a guided meditation and you can use an app or even a YouTube video as a guide. Meditation is key in helping you be present in the moment.
- Turn off the light… is nighttime!
No matter what your bedtime routine consists of, having one will create a sense of accomplishment at the end of your day. It will also allow you to make sure that the last part of your day are dedicated, in part, to your self-care. These tips are meant to inspire you to create your own, from adding a time to watch TV to going for a run or doing yoga, create a routine that works for your interests and passions. And if for any reason, we have to deviate from our routine, it’s fine… there is always tomorrow’s bedtime.