How To Craft a Nightly Self-Care Routine

Picture this. It’s the end of the day and you’re ready to settle in for the night. You’ve had dinner, cleaned up, put the kids to bed, and are sitting on your couch. Suddenly, you realize you forgot to take care of you! Grab a notebook and I’ll show you how to craft a nightly self-care routine.

If you’ve been on this site long enough, you know how much of an advocate I am for self-care. The evening is no exception to that. There are so many self-care activities you can do, and they can become a routine, if you want. Since it’s the end of a long week, let me share with you a few ways to do this. Grab your pen and a pad of paper, you’re going to want to write these down for later!

Nighttime Self-Care Routine
Nighttime is self-care time!

Nightly Self-Care Routine Ideas

Journal your day-Yup, just sit with a pen and paper. Write about all the good things that happened during the day, and maybe a few things you hoped would’ve gone better.

Read a Book-Settling in with a favorite book is another great way to practice nighttime self-care. It can be a light read, and I actually encourage that. You don’t want to read something too “brain intensive” right before bed. That can lead to overstimulation, which is no conducive to a good night sleep!

Watch a fun tv show-Again, it’s about going light and simple. For my husband and I, we like to watch old shows like “I Love Lucy”. It’s fun, and who doesn’t love Lucille Ball, right? We used to watch more brain intensive or scary shows but we noticed it affected our sleep quality in a negative way.

Have some tea-There’s nothing quite like a cup of hot herbal tea for a nighttime self-care activity. I love a good mint or ginger tea, personally. The aroma and the act of putting the tea together is such a therapeutic experience. Sometimes, my husband will join me, and we have our tea together! In fact, if you wanted to make it a family or couples activity, I would recommend that too!

Turn Off Your Phone-This could be deemed a “no-brainer” but let’s be honest, it’s not easy. I mentioned in my Digital Detox article that turning off your phone, even for a short period of time is helpful. This is even more true when you’re trying to craft a nightly self-care routine. It’s been scientifically proven that the blue light from your phone affects your sleep. It’s an interesting piece from the National Sleep Foundation.

I hope you all find this article super helpful! Self-care should be done in different ways each day. When you think about your nightly routine, I hope you’ll start incorporating some of these ideas. My hope for you is that you’ll find a more restful, easy night and a deeper, more satisfying sleep.

Until next time! Sleep well and Namaste!

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