Updated: Apr 20, 2021
As the nights get cooler and the days get shorter, I found myself changing up my summer routine. Around this time, I like to have a nice relaxing routine to help me sleep well and feel like I’ve accomplished things the night before. So, every night, I now have a routine that puts me in the Fall spirit.
For the real life vlog version of my nighttime routine, watch the YouTube video here.
First, I clean up.
Once I’m ready to get ready for bed, I will clean up and tidy my bedroom, the kitchen, etc. I hate going to sleep with clutter all over. When I’m in my room and I turn the lights out, if things are ok the floor I start imagining them moving and it creeps me out. Plus, I like waking up and being able to walk into clean rooms. It makes me feel as if I am ready to tackle the tasks of the day. Clear space = clear mind.
Then, there’s the shower and bathroom routine. The very next thing I do after cleaning is take a shower. Nighttime showers relax my body and kind of tires me out in a way.Then, I brush my teeth and if I’m going to tie my hair up, I’ll do that.
Next, is tea time.
I really love peppermint and nighttime teas. This may be a bad thing to do after brushing your teeth. I’m not really sure, but I always get a cup of tea and it helps calm my nerves and keep me warm since it’s usually so cold in my house.
Picking out the next days outfit would be next.
As my tea heats up, I start putting on lotion and deciding what I’m going to wear the next day. This process doesn’t seem to take me that long at night and I usually come to a conclusion pretty fast. If I don’t choose something the night before, however, I end up taking forever the next day in order to choose an outfit. Making the decision cancels out decision making I have to do in the morning so I can get things done.
Once I grab my tea, I go my room and this is when I do my main television watching. I’ll watch Netflix or try and catch up on YouTube videos. Usually around this time I talk to my love and we will chit chat about our day, pray together, scroll through social media, and show each other funny memes and videos. I usually do all of my major venting about my day and listen to him do the same. We are each other’s sounding board so I also end up throwing out the next days agenda to him. All of these things are my winding down actions and I just sip my tea and relax.
Once I’m good and settled and soothed, I put my tea cup away and I lay down. Another not so great habit of mine is that I have to go to sleep listening to Netflix on my phone. I turn it on Do Not Disturb so I usually am not distracted by notifications. I can’t sleep without the noise so I leave it next to me and listen. I rarely end up distracted by what I decide to put on (something like The Amazing World of Gumball) so I soon fall asleep with it nearby my ear. I’m hoping to soon find some sort of alternative to this because I doubt it’s the best course of action.
So, that’s my Fall nighttime routine, realistically. There are a few things that I intend to add to make my night more productive and prepare me even better for the morning, but since I’m still settling in my new area, I have to be honest. These are the only things I will for certain do.
What’s your Fall nighttime routine? Do you have any habits that you’re trying to shake like I do? Comment down below and let me know!