As a naturally pretty tense person, I find winding down in the evenings pretty difficult. As a result of that, I’ve had to find an evening routine that I can pull out night after night and know it’ll help me relax + drift off.
I’ve got it down to a bit of an art now, three simple steps that when performed in succession, let my body and mind know it’s time to wind down + shut off.
STEP ONE: STRETCH IT OUT
My days tend to either be a twelve hour stretch hunched over a computer, or me running around like a headless chicken from dusk till dawn, there’s rarely a middle ground. Because of that, by the time bedtime rolls around my body is feeling overworked and underloved, so I like to take a little time to stretch and try and encourage my poor aching muscles to relax. Sometimes this means rolling out my yoga mat and going through a simple stretching routine, or a Yoga with Adriene video, other times it’s just me lying in bed doing a few little stretches to get rid of the kinks. I tend to just listen to my body and what I feel like it needs, but I always feel better for it. Any muscles still feeling sore after that get a go over with some Biofreeze just to help ease the tension!
STEP TWO: EMPTY THE MIND
I know everyone blabs on about keeping a notebook by your bed to jot down any thoughts that come to you in the night, so much so that it’s probably falling on deaf ears now. I don’t tend to reach for mine at night at all now though, instead I take ten minutes after I stretch to write down everything I need to get done the next day, anything I need to remember, any niggling thoughts or worries or ideas, then I close the book, put it away, and can (generally) drift off without worrying I’m going to forget something.
STEP THREE: MOISTURISE
My final pre sleep step basically involves slathering my entire body in moisturiser. It sounds silly but taking the last five minutes of my day to methodically massage a yummy smelling moisturiser into my skin is like pure bliss. My poison of choice is Lush’s Sleepy, a Lavender, Oatmeal + Cocoa Butter mix that has me snoozing before my head hits the pillow! It’s lovely and hydrating, but not at all sticky + sinks in fast so doesn’t leave a residue all over your sheets!
How do you wind down in the evenings?