I told you about my morning routine a few months ago and I thought that sharing my nighttime routine would be fun! While my morning routine is all about gearing and revving up for a full day, I try to relax as much at night. In the morning, I'm super regimented about the timing of everything. If I stay on schedule for the first couple of hours during the day, I find that everything else just lines up better.
But my nights are more flexible since they're a little bit more unpredictable. When I leave work, I nearly always go straight home. I eat dinner and try to have an hour away from screens. Then I know that I have blog posts to write and emails to tend to and other miscellaneous projects that I have in the works. Depending on the day (and if I have to do anything outside of my apartment), the time that I can wrap things up varies. On a busy day, I might work until 2 or 3 am and other nights end around 11pm. So it all depends.
This is what my routine is on a typical night:
I have been taking showers at night lately. I've needed extra inspiration and I do my best thinking in the shower so it just works out that way. Plus, it saves time in the morning-- especially with waiting for my hair to dry! I will say, I've been super into taking baths. But... I always shower before. Because, ugh... it just seems gross otherwise. The Burt's Bees bubble bath is simply divine. It's for babies, but it's wonderful.
If I have time for a bath, I wash my face and moisturize before, but otherwise that's just my next step after the shower. Then I brush my teeth and moisturize. I've been having serious skin issues lately (I blame stress and the weather), so the St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter lotion has been a lifesaver. It seriously calms my skin down dramatically.
The plan would be to have completed all my computer work by now. I change into pajamas (the nightshirts from J. Crew have been my go-to lately) and then try to get in some reading. Frankly, I'm lucky if I get through ten pages before falling asleep!!!
I don't rush the process of winding down. I try to just go with the flow, since this might be the only time that day where I don't have any time constraints!
What's your routine at night?