Having a solid nighttime routine can make your life so much better, it sets you up for a better tomorrow, but not everyone has the time or energy for an elaborate routine or a long to-do list.
I’ve got a list of essential nighttime habits for lazy girls, or those of us who just don’t have a lot of time or energy at the end of the day.
Doing these few steps in the evening will make you feel better physically and mentally. These are five really simple habits that cover the basics but still add so much value to your life.
This evening routine personally helps me sleep better and sets up the next day to be less stressful and more productive, but even if you just add one or two of these to your own routine you’ll be making a small but significant improvement to your life.
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Nighttime Habits for Lazy Girls
1. Do a 2 Minute Clean Up
Take 2-5 minutes to clean up something that you know will bug you the next day. It could be trash on the floor, clutter on your dresser, dirty countertops, etc. Take care of it before bed and save yourself the stress of worrying about it later!
We often spend more time stressing out about messes than it takes to just clean it up, it’s totally illogical. You will thank yourself in the morning when you wake up to a clean space.
What messes annoy you most when you see them in the morning? Clean those up before bed and do future you a favor.
2. Take Care of Your Skin
Develop a nightly skincare routine. Use face wash and moisturizer at minimum, if you’re approaching or past 30 look into using a chemical exfoliant like an AHA/BHA acid to get off dead skin cells. And always put on sunscreen in the morning!
I use Almond Oil to loosen my make up, (I also use this on my body after shaving) followed by Pacifica Kale Charcoal Foaming Facial Detox Bar (it’s has eco friendly packaging!) to get the oil and make up off. I follow that up with Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Hydrating Night Serum (which I credit with reducing breakouts) and Drunk Elephant Lala Retro™ Whipped Moisturizer. I also love The Ordinary Peeling Solution once a week.
3. Stretch It Out
Try a nightly yoga/stretch routine. It doesn’t have to be long, I literally just stretch for the length of 1 or 2 songs before bed. You don’t have to do a 60 minute class to get the benefits!
My legs and hips can feel restless when I’m trying to fall asleep so I focus on stretching those muscles and it helps me sleep at might. If you haven’t done yoga before check out Yoga with Adriene on Youtube for tons of free videos.
4. Feel Gratitude
Write down or just mentally review some things you’re grateful for before falling asleep. I just spend a minute or two mentally reviewing my day and the things I’m grateful for. Things like time spent with my dogs, accomplishing things on my to do list, delicious food, and beautiful weather.
I set up a notification with the Loop Habit Tracker app (not affiliated) to give me a reminder every night at 9 pm and I make sure to check it off every night before sleeping. I have a 720+ day streak going!
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5. Set Intentions for Tomorrow
Set your intentions for the next day. What do you want to accomplish? How do you want to feel? What attitude will you bring to any challenges that come up?
I also have a notification for this on the Loop Habit Tracker app and sometimes I’ll write a list on the Google Keep app but I always go through a list in my head before falling asleep. If you’re a more visual person keep a planner or notebook by your bed that you can write in at night and review in the morning.
Meditation is the easiest lazy girl nighttime habit ever. You get to literally just lay there and feel good! You can even fall asleep.
Meditation lowers stress levels and helps you sleep better, so why not try it? I have free meditations on my Youtube channel, I recommend this one before bed.
It’s not always part of my routine but sometimes when I have trouble sleeping I use the Rae Sleep Supplements, it really helps me fall asleep but it doesn’t leave me groggy in the morning.
Do you have any helpful nighttime habits that have changed your life? Let me know!
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