This month I’m resetting my night time routine. I’ve created a night time ritual that clears my mind and calms my soul so I’m ready for a good nights sleep.
I’m definitely a night person so having good wind down habits in the evening has always been a must for me.
I can easily just keep doing stuff right up until bedtime. I know the ‘experts’ say this is not the way to do things but this is when I feel good and I have time. To me it’s all about doing what works for you, working with what you’ve got and making the most of your energy and time. I have far more energy and motivation in the late afternoon and evening – this is when I feel inspired and motivated and work best.
Having said that I want to start to spend some more time winding down before I go to sleep.
So here’s my new night time ritual…
After dinner I may do a little bit of work – like writing a blog post for instance! Then I write in my business journal the 3 things I’ve achieved that day and if I need to I also write down anything that I’ve struggled with and possible solutions to those struggles along with anything I’ve learned that day. I look through my appointments for the next day and slot in anything extra from my weekly to do list. That way I don’t lay in bed thinking about it!
Then Andrew and I go for a walk. This can end up being quite late but it helps to relax my mind and body – I find it calming and clearing. It resets and balances my energy. It marks the end of my work day.
When I get back from our walk I do my basic skincare routine. For my face – a cleanse, tone and facial oil to deeply hydrate my skin. And for my body either my tranquillity body lotion or a body oil with some calming essential oils. About once a week I’ll add a face mask to my skincare routine. And I may also put an overnight conditioning treatment in my hair if I need it. Then I’ll clean my teeth, put on my pyjamas and get into bed.
When I’m comfy, yes, I’m going to admit it, I’ll check my phone (I’m human!) before I do a guided meditation and journalling. I’ll have essential oils diffusing or a few drops on a tissue under my pillow if I’ve forgotten to put the diffuser on! Sometimes it’s just lavender, or my Sweet Dreams blend. I also love Roman chamomile and sandalwood at the moment.
I’ve been trying different guided meditations from apps as well as YouTube. I did a Guided Gratitude Meditation the other night and the anxiety I was feeling just vanished! Having a gratitude practise is something I’ve found to be so powerful over the last few years – but I guess that’s another topic for another post! This month I’ve been a doing 5 – 15 minute guided meditation and it’s certainly making a difference.
My mind feels clearer, my body feels more relaxed. I feel calmer and it’s making a difference to my sleep and general state of mind.
Then I grab my journal and jot down any thoughts that popped up during the meditation or anything I need to get out of my brain from the day that’s still hanging around after my meditation.
If I can’t think of anything to write I’ll draw an oracle or tarot card and see what comes up. It’s always interesting to see where my mind goes from the simple theme of a card.
Most of these things aren’t new to me. Walking, essential oils and skincare are part of my life. For years I’ve been doing a little meditation when I get into bed, where I focus on my breath and relax each part of my body. And I’ve been doing nightly journalling on and off for a while now…I’m finding the daily consistency effectively clears my mind of any remaining clutter and thoughts from the day. The business journal is a new practice that I’m loving.
I know this seems like a lot but it actually doesn’t take long at all.
Each evening is a little bit different. I don’t walk every evening or write in my business journal if I’ve had a day off. For as long as I can remember my skincare routine and essential oils have been a non-negotiable. The meditation and journalling is something I’m aiming to do every night.
I’m finding these things to be a lovely combination that works for me. Calming. I’m enjoying this time to let go of the busyness of the day and finding my anxiety has reduced dramatically.
Do you take time to wind down with a night time ritual?
If not, what’s one thing you can do to calm your body and mind and prepare for a good nights sleep? Give it a go – I think you’ll find the effects will flow into all areas of your life.
In health and happiness, Dee xxx