Monday, 16 October 2017

My Evening Routine & Why YOU Should Have One

Hands up who's evenings usually consist of back to back Netflix, scrolling through social media or working until the early hours before falling sleep, waking up more exhausted than you did the night before? We've all been there. It was pretty much the norm for me. But since starting my self development journey, I've learnt that an evening routine is paramount for a decent nights rest, leading to a productive day to follow. 


evening routine



Winding down with a good evening routine helps relieve stress, helps you to switch off and relax and really helps towards a good nights sleep.


I work from home. So as you can imagine, my evenings are pretty busy. As soon as I get the little one into bed, the laptop is out and I'm all go. So finding an evening routine that works for me has really helped me in so many ways; get a better nights sleep and keep my mindset focussed.
Adding some self care into your night time routine will improve your health and wellbeing dramatically; both physically and mentally. 


Of course, what works for me might not work for you, but I'm going to share my usual evening routine with you to give you some ideas to, if you haven't already, plan your own routine to suit you.


My routine varies depending on the day.
I work almost every evening. On Saturday nights, if I'm home, I allow myself to catch up on my favourite TV programmes or watch a film. I don't watch much TV, in fact I don't watch it at all through the week, so as Saturday is my night 'off', if I have no plans, I allow myself time to relax and treat myself to some trashy telly! ;)




But my typical evening goes a bit like this...


Wind down the house

I've usually got Taylor into bed for about 8pm. I then go back downstairs, have a quick tidy up, lock all the doors, close all the blinds, make sure all the plugs are switched off and usher Bradley up to his room for the night. 


Take It All Off & Stretch

I apply my magic cream (watch this space for another upcoming blog post; think smoother, firmer bum, boobs and thighs!!! ;)), get into my PJs, take off my makeup and then do my exercises/stretches; I do 10 squats, 10 lunges, 10 sit ups, 10 push ups & a 20 sec plank before jumping into bed with my MacBook.


Work Work Work

I have a health & beauty network marketing business, plus my blog, and I'm a Social Media Manager & PA to a confidence coach, so I'm always busy and juggling lots of different work. 
I work pretty much through to 11:30pm most nights. (or earlier if I fancy treating myself to a relaxing bath instead of my morning shower!
I try to make 11:30pm my cut off. Up until pretty recently I was working till gone midnight some nights and just wasn't allowing myself time to wind down and definitely wasn't getting enough sleep. So even if I haven't finished the work I needed to, I make a promise to myself to close the laptop at 11:30pm every night.


Skincare

My skincare routine is so important. I'll have to share my whole routine in more depth with you in the future but I'll keep it brief for the purpose of this post! ;) I've already taken my makeup off with micellar water when getting into bed as let's be honest ladies, there's no better feeling than taking your bra and your makeup off at the end of the day! ;) Twice a week I'll do my face mask which is packed with volcanic soil and makes my skin feel amazing and once a week I use a Derma Roller. But otherwise I head to the bathroom to wash my face with my face wash and konjac sponge and brush my teeth. I then tone, add my eye & lip cream and my tightening smoothing base serum before finishing with moisturiser, lip balm and hand cream. I'm so passionate about the skincare products I sell; hence why I promote them. They don't contain any parabens or harmful ingredients and they're cosmeceutical grade; meaning they are packed full of active ingredients. If you don't already have a good skincare routine, you need to start one. Believe me, your future self will thank you for it! ;)


Social Media

As a network marketer running my business through Facebook, there are certain things that I need to be doing, to grow my audience, work the algorithms and connect with new people. So there are a few things I do each night before bed. Plus I check any notifications and make sure I tie up any loose ends and reply to any messages I need to. When I wake up, I know there will be a ton of notifications to work through, so I like to make sure I clear all I can before bed so I'm not playing catch up the next day. 


Gratitude & Journal

This is an important step. Taking just a few minutes to journal your day, even just to brain dump your thoughts down on paper, or write down the positive bits of the day (it's far too easy to remember the things that went wrong that day or that you didn't get done! Give yourself a pat on the back for the things you did! ;) ) And writing down the things you are grateful for. It is impossible to be grateful and down at the same time. I find this really helps bring my thoughts around to what is important, no matter what happened during the day. Remembering your WHY, the reasons you do what you do, keeps you focussed, and HAPPY. 





Affirmations

Our sub conscious mind plays a huge role in our every day lives. If we see, think and say things often enough, they will eventually affect our thoughts and behaviours. I have a list of 'self love' affirmations I like to say each day, or I have an app on my phone which I listen to.


Meditation / Relaxing Audio

Now depending on how much time I have left, as I like to be asleep by midnight at the latest. I will get into bed ready to fall asleep and doze off whilst listening to some relaxing meditation or law of attraction audios. I'm currently trying a few different apps and youtube videos, to find something that suits me. But I find these relax me, whilst working on my self development. So I fall asleep feeling content, relaxed, peaceful and it enhances my mood as I fall asleep, which makes for a good nights sleep and I wake up feeling refreshed, happy and ready to smash my day! :)



Do you have an evening routine, 
or feel you would benefit from one?




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