I love nothing more than having a relaxing evening, finding the time to unwind properly and chill out always makes me feel better prepared for the next day. I’m definitely not someone who can be overly productive in the evenings as mornings are my time to shine so I try to keep my evenings as minimal as possible to make sure I’m feeling refreshed and ready to go for the next day. Here are some of the things I try to do to create the best evening routine for relaxing and to leave me feeling refreshed for the next day.
Have a Bath
I absolutely adore having a bath. It’s a time where I can be totally alone, catch up on some YouTube or TV and pamper myself. There’s nothing more relaxing than being covered in bubbles and lying back and just feeling totally chilled. Adding some oil or bath salts to your bath can also be a great way to carry out a bit of self-care without the effort and the heat of the bath is a great way to open up the pores on your skin and make the most of any pampering. I always find I feel so much fresher and more me after having a bath, especially if its a certain time of the month! They’re a great staple to have in your evening routine if you need a bit more downtime to relax!
Following on from the bath itself is to pamper yourself whilst in it. Treating myself to a facemask, shaving and moisturising my body are some of my favourite ways to really look after myself as it’s something I don’t do that often so it feels like even more of a treat when I finally make the effort. I often neglect my skin or fall out of love with skincare if I don’t see instant results but I’ve found some skincare products that work for me recently so I’ve been really trying to keep up with my routine to try and see a big difference in my skin. Moisturising my body is often something I forget to do so I always make sure to treat my skin after a bath.
Do Something you Enjoy
Whether this is baking, sleeping, eating, reading or watching a film, I always try and do some of these things in the evening to help me unwind. Recently, I’ve found myself watching a lot of new things on Netflix and I’ve become an avid fan of Four in a Bed so I often incorporate these things into my evening routine. Taking the time to switch off from work or blogging is always helpful to separate these different spheres in your life and setting boundaries between work and play is essential!
Keep a Consistent Sleep Routine
This is a step my boyfriend definitely needs to incorporate as we have completely different sleep routines. I am most definitely asleep by 11, awake by 8 kind of gal whilst he is much more of asleep by 2-3 awake between 11-12 kind of person! Whenever we see each other both of our routines go out of whack and we normally end up quite tired. However, the importance of keeping a regular sleep routine is so important for productivity and health. Whilst it can be hard to initially adopt a routine that works it’s definitely worth it in the long run.
Turn off the Technology
I am very guilty of not doing this but it is definitely useful if you struggle to feel sleepy in the evenings or when in bed. If you can’t put your phone away then at the very least you should put a blue light filter on as blue light suppresses the production of melatonin (a sleep hormone). We’re so attached to our phones these days that it can be so tricky to switch off from our digital lives but I’ve been trying to start reading before I go to sleep which I think has helped the quality of sleep I have too. I also really recommend listening to Podcasts if reading isn’t your thing as they can be so interesting and are a great distraction instead of scrolling on your phone!
Go for a Walk
This is something myself and my family have started doing more recently and it’s often weather dependent as who wants to walk in the rain?! Going for a stroll around our village on a winter’s evening as it starts to get dark is such a nice way of avoiding getting into a slump and just sitting around waiting to go to sleep yet it’s not too taxing either. It’s a nice way to get a bit of a refresh and get some exercise and steps in for the day without having to be too adventurous or energetic. It was one of my favourite things to do during lockdown too and discovering new places in my village has been fun as well!
As I said earlier, evenings are not my time to be productive so I try and keep any activities to a minimum as I know that I’ll do a much better job the next morning! For me, evenings are all about unwinding, relaxing and getting prepared for the next day without doing anything too strenuous – I am most definitely not a night owl. I find that these steps help me create the perfect evening routine for relaxing whilst still being semi-productive.
What’s your evening routine for relaxing? Are you a night owl or morning person? Let me know!