So what does a night or evening routine have to do with minimalism? Well it is simply about being more mindful about how you spend your time. Since becoming a minimalist I actually have a lot of extra time. However, I found I STILL was not getting as much sleep as I wanted. I also found I wasn’t doing other things I had always said I would do if I had more time. In fact, I had a bad habit of staying on my computer until it was quite late and I didn’t have the energy left to do anything else.
I decided I needed to implement a morning and evening routine to make sure that I was dedicating enough time to relaxing, self-care, reading and sleep. Today I will share my evening routine with you. I think it is important to note that I do not do all these things every night. This is just the ideal. Sometimes I am out late with friends. Other times I don’t finish editing a video on time. I share my home with my husband so I also have to be flexible in that regard as well. As more and more time passes, I have noticed these routines are becoming a habit. I feel happy that I am being more mindful about my time and dedicating time towards my values and priorities.
DIM THE LIGHTS AND UNPLUG
I start by dimming the lights at 8:15. This is a signal to my body to slow down and it also helps keep my circadian rhythm in balance. At some point I will change into my loungewear so that I am more comfortable and can relax.
Then at 9:30 I have an alarm go off on my phone to remind me to get offline. That means airplane mode for my phone and laptop shut. This is usually when I set out my beds, as well as any thing else I need, such as nighttime supplements or my fertility monitor. Once that is ready, if I haven’t already I will make sure that my face is cleansed and my evening oral hygiene is completed. It is best to do this before I am too tired because if I wait to long the odds are high that I will skip flossing.
NOTHING LEFT TO DO BUT RELAX
Then I often will turn on my diffuser, have a cup of herbal tea and read from my kindle app for a bit. Other times I’ll have a bath and listen to an audiobook, podcast, sermon or some music that I love. On rare occasions, I’ll watch a movie.
I’ve recently started bullet journaling and I will usually review my day and write down any important tasks for the next day down. This also helps to clear my mind so I am not replaying anything in my mind while trying to fall asleep. There is no set bedtime, but I do try to get in bed before 11:00. I try and let my body signal when it is tired and not watch the clock too much.
My evening routine is nothing special. It is simply small changes that have lead to big results in my overall sense of happiness and well-being. It is becoming something I look forward to; something just for me. Evening routines can be as simple or a complicated as you like. Check out the video if you would like to see a visual of everything I just described.
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