I believe it’s essential to incorporate a daily and nightly self-care routine in our lives. A morning routine is necessary to equip your mind, body, and spirit for what the day brings. Then, at night, you release all that does not serve you, and reflect, rebuild and restore yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Check out my 5AM morning routine here.
This is how and why I chose this nightly self-care routine.
Take a hot bath.
Around 8:30PM, I take a bath. I sometimes throw in a bath bomb , or soak in lavender to soothe my body. I like to listen to music, an entertaining podcast show, or the quiet while I bathe.
Massage with lotion and oil.
My skin gets so dry (maybe from taking baths) so I like to give my body a good dose of vitamin E from lotions and seal it with Shea Moisture’s body oil products.
Clean my teeth.
Brushing and flossing your teeth is a good self-care habit to adopt. I make sure to practice this daily in my routine.
Drink hot tea.
My absolute favorite tea right now is the Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea Country Peach Passion flavor tea! It is so delicious! I read that some benefits from drinking this tea are the antioxidant vitamin C, it helps counter the harmful affects if free radicals in the body, and it’s caffeine free to help you feel relaxed.
I try to stay off social media after 8PM because I could easily read something to disrupt the positive energy I created in the room. I try to spend the rest of the night writing in my journal to release whatever is on my mind. I make a to-do list for the next day. I also like to read a few pages from a book.
My routine takes me about an hour and a half. Since I have a baby, I go to sleep when he goes to sleep, which right now is around 10PM. Then, when he wakes up around 12AM to feed again, I wake up and go back to sleep until around 5AM.
As you can see, I may not be getting an adequate amount of sleep these days, but I don’t mind as long as I can have a moment alone for self-care.