Usually, when you come home after a long day of work or school, all you want to do is kick off your shoes and just knock out. While this may sound somewhat comforting, you’re actually depriving yourself of a chance to properly settle down and apply some self-care into your day. Before you jump into bed with makeup and socks on, here's a list of things to make your bedtime repertoire something to look forward to after a long day.
1. Take your time
If the first thing you want to do when you come home is to sit on your couch and scroll through your phone for 15 minutes, go for it. Get it out of your system by responding to text messages or just going through your feed. If you have pets, cuddle with them for a while. There's nothing wrong with slowly easing into your routine and letting your body recharge for a bit.
2. If you're wearing makeup, remove it
You’ve probably had this advice drilled into your head by now, but it's truly important to take the time and clean your face before bed. Even if you just fill in your brows or dust some highlighter on, you have to give your skin the chance to breathe and renew itself overnight. Go grab your makeup wipes, cleansers, or oils, and give your skin the love it deserves.
3. Take a shower or bath
If you want to save an extra hour of sleep in the morning, try showering before bed instead. Hot showers or baths are great for relieving tense muscles and giving yourself time to relax. It also makes going to bed more rewarding knowing that you're clean and refreshed. So go ahead and light some candles, drop in that lavender-scented bath bomb, and wash off the day.
4. Do your skincare routine
As with removing your makeup, adapting a skincare routine is not only beneficial for your skin but it can also feel therapeutic. It allows you to spend a little extra time to pamper yourself and add some moisture back into your skin. Whether you follow a 10 step Korean skincare routine, or simply just apply moisturizer and eye cream, any ounce of attention given to your skin will leave you feeling productive even during your downtime.
5. Drink some tea
To keep your body hydrated throughout the night and to help you sleep better, drink a cup of hot chamomile tea before you go to bed. Chamomile tea is widely used to help relax and help people fall asleep easier. The soothing drink can accompany you while you apply your skincare or finish up your routine.
6. Watch some TV
While you shouldn’t expose yourself to blue lights and screens right before going to bed, catching up on your favorite Netflix shows seems most appropriate in the evenings. So while you go through the process of winding down, play an episode or two in the background an hour before you actually go to sleep. Not only will it give you something to look forward to the next day, but it will also make your night routine more enjoyable.
7. Read or write in a journal
Before you hit the hay, take some time to read a chapter of a book or write your own chapter in a journal. Reading and writing help relax the mind, reduce stress, and distract you from day-to-day worries. It's also important to take time out of your day to think about what you're grateful for and appreciate the little things. Try leaving a notepad or book on your nightstand so you remember more easily.
8. Do it all again tomorrow
The best part of having a routine is you get to do it again and again and again. At first, it may seem like a lot of steps to remember and fit in time for, but after a while, it'll become like second nature. It's always easier to just come home and go straight to bed, but you'll only leave yourself more tired and stressed in the morning. The earlier you start adopting this night routine, the earlier you will reap the benefits, tonight, tomorrow night, and every night.