Here is a comprehensive list of what I do every evening before 10 pm. Download my FREE Healthy Evening Habits Checklist!
Since I published my morning routine, the people I have discussed this with seem to respond with “I can’t get out of bed that early”, or “I’m more of a night owl, not a morning person”.
Well the answer to that is to PREPARE. In order to prepare to wake up early you need to get to bed early. It’s simple. The only problem is, is that it's difficult to get to sleep at 10 pm if you’re used to staying up late working on your laptop or watching something on Netflix.
So how can I fall asleep early? I hear you asking. For me, this was difficult because I grew accustomed to finishing work, eating dinner and then watching TV until 10:30 or 11 pm. When I got into bed, I’d be on my phone for about an hour, with the television on. I was someone who couldn’t sleep unless the TV was on, and I know that is something A LOT of people struggle with. My boyfriend still watches TV before bed, but I’m out cold and never notice now!
So first, baby steps. If you go to bed at midnight, try going to bed a half an hour early. Each day, see if you can get to bed a half an hour early, until you get to 10 pm. Anything before 10 pm is ridiculous for an adult, unless you are waking up early for a flight. Whilst you are doing this, see if you can switch off the TV and remove technology for at least a half an hour before bed. So, if you’re aiming to fall asleep by 10 pm, make sure you are not looking at your phone or watching TV by 9:30 pm. In time, that will change to 9 pm. For me, 9 pm to 10 pm is the time I prepare to relax and get to bed.
Here is what I do before I get to bed, hopefully this will help guide you in creating a healthier lifestyle, better productivity and success!
1. Plan for the Next Day
This is key because when you wake up, you’re most likely to procrastinate instead of knowing what you need to do that day. So, at 9 pm, without a doubt I’ll list all the things that I need to do the next day. I’ll pencil in when I have my clients and if there are any random things, such as a grocery delivery or cleaning the bathroom.
2. Tidy up
For me, as I’m working from home, I’ll tidy up the area I’m working from. I’ll also start loading up the dishwasher and pour myself a tall glass of water and take it to my bedside table.
3. Skin Care and Brushing my Teeth
This is the time where I’ll head to the bathroom and take my make-up off if I’ve been wearing it. I use coconut oil to remove the first layer of make-up from my eyes and Dr Bronner's Tea Tree Castile Soap to remove the 2nd layer of make-up. This product is amazing, it literally removes every single bit of grime from the day and when I’m not wearing make-up I’ll just wash my face with this.
Once my face has dried, I’ll pour some natural rosewater on my Eco-friendly face pad and wipe my face. Rosewater is really good for maintaining a healthy skin pH. It also controls excess oils and acne break outs. I’ll then add a vitamin C serum over my face and then use tea tree oil over any pimples.
I use coconut oil to moisturise my feet and hands before rolling into bed.
5. Set an Alarm
I set my Fitbit alarm for 5 am, sometimes I’ll also set my alarm for 4:45 am and 5:15 am, as a precaution. The goal is to get out of bed by 5:30 am latest. If you don’t have a Fitbit (or other wearable tech) use your phone, however if you a sharing a bedroom with someone who won’t appreciate being woken up at 5 am, then I’d recommend a silent, vibrating alarm.
I give myself 5 minutes before I read to meditate and tune into my breath. Diaphragmatic breathing before bedtime mimics the way you breath whilst sleeping and this sends a signal to the brain that you are ready to sleep. I listen to 432 Hz which is a frequency of sound known to relax and calm the mind. I have written more about 432 Hz in my previous post.
And I don’t mean read a Facebook article on your phone. You’ll want to read from an actual book or turn the brightness all the way down on your kindle. I try to read for at least 20 minutes, sometimes even an hour. Once my eyelids start to feel heavy I’ll put the book away.
These are a miracle worker. I use silicon earplugs every night because my boyfriend likes to watch TV in bed. I don’t really want to hear it as it is distracting so the earplugs work a charm. I’ll roll over and drift off into a deep slumber instantly if I’m wearing these.
So, there you have it, a list of evening habits to complete before 10 pm. I have created a
FREE pdf to download with my routine which you can follow or use as a guideline to create healthier habits and improve productivity.
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