Hello, dear readers! A little while back on Dolls Have Hearts I talked about, how important is to have a personalized morning routine to start your day the right way. Good news – #GirlbossSeries are not dead and I am back to talk about evening routine – something that most people either do not know about or just forget about. Now, think about, how your evening goes, from the time you get back home until the moment you go to sleep. Do you just walk through the door, throw your clothes on the chair and fall into bed because you are so tired? Do you order pizza and binge watch some Netflix series? If your evening looks similar to these examples, you need to create an evening routine as soon as possible! “But how?” You may ask. “And what should I even include in it?”
The purpose of evening routine is to get few last urgent tasks done and prepare you for a new, successful day. If you spend last few hours before going to sleep in front of your computer screen, it will take longer for you to fall asleep and, if you are anything like me, it will leave you fewer hours of sleep during the night. It is so easy to start watching Youtube videos or TV series and to keep telling yourself: “Oh, just one more episode…” until you realize it is 2 a.m. and you only have about 4 or 5 hours left to sleep. Get rid of this poor habit by creating an evening routine. Here are some ideas that you can include in it.
- Pick clothes for the next day.
- Take off your make-up.
- Do an evening workout or stretching. (Optional, because some people prefer to work out in the morning. Not me, though.)
- Cook dinner or do some meal prep for the next day.
- Take a shower.
- Plan the next day in your planner or bullet journal.
- Brush your teeth.
- Read one chapter of a book.
- Apply face cream.
- Paint your nails.
- Write your thoughts in your journal. (Lack ideas for what to write in it? A new post about journal prompts is coming soon on my blog!)
- Put on some calming music. (Sometimes it makes me fall asleep faster. Check out my “Late night” playlist on Spotify here.)
- Drink some chamomile tea (or any other tea that helps you to relax).
- Pack your bag for the next day.
- Do 10 min clean up. (Even if it means just watering your plants and changing bed sheets or organizing your desk.)
- Set alarms and put your phone away. (Do not fall asleep with your phone in your hands while scrolling through Twitter!)
Bold points in red are the ones I suggest you to do first because later you just will not feel like doing them. When you are already in your bed, reading a book, feeling a little sleepy, you probably will not be feeling like getting up and doing some meal prep. So, set your priorities straight and leave the most pleasant stuff right before going to sleep. Now, when I have told you about how to create your evening routine, I feel like I really should rearrange mine. Getting straight into bed with a cup of tea and binge watching Youtube videos is my a bad habit of mine, especially lately, when I have no motivation for my studies at school. Even working as a teacher seemed way more exciting than studying music. However, as I mentioned in my previous post – there is a light at the end of the tunnel, which is getting into my dream university and starting over almost from a blank page. If you, just like me, find it hard to follow your morning and evening routines, and planning, find your “light at the end of the tunnel”. What are you looking forward to? Why are you going through all of this and what do you want to achieve? Even if that is the goal no one else but you believes, stick with that. There is always a hope. Besides – following your morning and evening routines, and keeping up bullet journaling will feel as easy as one, two, three, if you know where you are heading.
That is all for today’s post on Dolls Have Hearts and I will see you next week with a new, inspiring post! Have a lovely week!
Love, Porcelain Doll.