Most evenings/nights of the school week I don’t get home until after 8:30pm. At this point I’ve already went to class, work, and have eaten my supper. My night time routine is pretty simple, and helps me to relax and unwind before bed. I find that having a night routine gives me a reminder on what I need to get done before I go to bed. Packing my lunch bag and school bag the night before saves me time in the morning, which means I get to sleep a bit longer! For around 4 months I was super good at adding about half an hour to an hour of yoga into my night-time routine. During the summer I got out of the habit since I was so busy working all the time. I am hoping to begin adding yoga back into my night-time routine. When I was doing yoga at night I noticed that I was much more relaxed and slept better. Yoga is a form of meditation that made me feel calm and mellow. I wasn’t tossing and turning as much and I was present as I fell asleep. I had been in this terrible habit of planning while falling asleep. As I was trying to sleep I would think about what I was going to do the next day when I woke up. Not good. I really do want to get back into the habit of yoga as its so good for the mind, body, and soul. If you have any tips on how I can begin adding yoga back into my routine please let me know!
8:45pm: shower—wash my face, moisturizer, get into comfy clothes
9:00pm: unpack/repack lunch bag, unpack/repack school bag with books, small snack if I’m hungry (homemade popcorn + dill pickle seasoning)
9:15pm: Pinterest, Instagram, emails. Read other blog posts, look up recipes
9:45pm: read articles for school, proof read/edit/print assignments
10:15pm: journal about my day, write out gratitude list, affirmations
10:30pm: bed time meditation, click here for one of my favorite energy cleansing meditations
10:45pm: repeat affirmations while falling asleep
Like I said, this routine works for me, my schedule, and lifestyle. I think having a night-time routine is important for everyone, but what really matters is that you find a routine that works with you and is something that is easy/pleasant to add into your life. Having a night-time routine is helpful in ‘turning off’ and being present. It helps me to separate the work/school part of my brain so I can focus on relaxing rather than worrying or overthinking about school and work.