It seems to be a well known fact that having a morning and evening routine is supposed to turn you into some kind of bad ass, all-knowing bitch.
I’ve tried perfecting both, but as I can’t seem to stop snoozing my alarm at 6am, the morning routine went out of the window pretty quickly.
So instead, I decided to focus on getting my evening routine nailed.
So, what’s an evening routine?
I’m not sure there’s a text book definition but essentially the aim is that a good evening routine tells your body and mind that it’s the end of the day. That way, you’re all set up to have a great night of sleep, and a fresh start the following morning.
There is no set structure for an evening routine. Some have lots of steps, some only have one. The main thing is that the steps are consistent every night.
Why an ‘easy’ evening routine?
As this title suggests, I’m a lazy girl at heart. I like putting effort in about as much as I liked the demise of Naley in season two of One Tree Hill. So I knew I needed to create a routine that fit with my general ‘can’t be arsed’ attitude.
I’m not sure about you, but promising myself I’ll do 20 things before bed is straight up a recipe for disaster. So I just don’t bother. I’d rather do a few things every night so I actually put the ‘routine’ in evening routine.
My easy evening routine
Step 1 – Sleepy Tea
My evening wind-downs always start with a cup of sleepy tea. I like the Pukka Night Time tea the best. Made using a concoction of oat flower, lavender and limeflower it really helps me relax and unwind before bed.
I know the ingredients are known for their sleep-inducing qualities, and they really seem to work for me. On the nights I don’t have one of these I absolutely find it harder to sleep. The first and most important step of my evening routine.
Step 2 – Skincare
True to my lazy girl persona, I don’t always look after my skin as well as I should.
However, there are a few things I do without fail every night. I take my make-up off, I moisturise, I apply cuticle oil and I use a lip scrub and balm.
Some nights I might do more than this, but these are the things I do every night without fail. Unless I’ve had a few too many glasses of wine before bed in which case I do sweet fa.
This ensures my skin is clear to rejuvenate over night and my lips and nails are being looked after. It’s quick and easy but it’s enough to keep my skin in decent condition.
Step 3 – Turn my phone off
We all know the health benefits of phone-free time, and that is no more important than it is at night.
Personally I find there’s a lot on my phone that distracts my mind if I look at it too close to falling asleep.
Everything from Instagram to Buzzfeed can trigger negative thoughts and feelings. So I find switching off at 9pm to be the best way to relax.
If you’re prone to overthinking when you go to bed like I am, having at least an hour of phone-free time before the lights go out can do wonders for your quality of sleep.
STEP 4 – Read a book
Granted I don’t read every night – sometimes I’m just in too deep with a Netflix binge – but I always find I sleep better when I do.
The key for me is to save the hard-hitting reads for my commute, and stick to something lighter and more fluffy for bedtime.
I love YA fiction so that’s usually my go-to, but I’m always scouting Goodreads for new recommendations.
I’ve not got anything on the go at the moment but the next easy-reads on my list are:
- Dolly Alderton – Everything I Know About Love
- Beth O’Leary – The Flat Share
- Anna Todd – After
Step 5 – Pillow Spray
Ahhh, the pièce de résistance of my evening routine… the pillow spray. It sounds so simple, but makes such a big difference.
Much like the sleepy tea, I’m not actually sure if this really works or if there’s a placebo going on. But either way, I love it.
I’m currently using the Neal’s Yard Goodnight Pillow Mist which gives off the most beautiful lavender scent.
A spritz of that just seals the deal on my evening routine and tells me it’s finally time to sleep.
The benefits of my easy evening routine
So since I started this little foray into creating an evening routine have I experienced any benefits? Well yeah, there’s been a few including…
Even though I’m a natural calamity, having an evening routine does help me feel more ordered and calm. I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to creating my own chaos and this does leave me feeling cool, calm and collected. If only I could get my arse out of bed in time to do it in the morning as well.
It turns out the rumours are true, you do sleep better with an evening routine. There were times were I was lucky to get six hours sleep a night, even on weekends. Now I’m averaging 7 hours 15 mins which is a marked improvement. My hope is that as I tweak and change my routine even more it will only improve my sleep greatly.
Before introducing an evening routine, I sometimes slept with my make-up still on. Honestly it was just because I was super lazy, but it didn’t really do anything for my skin. By making sure I cleanse and moisturise every night, my skin is so much clearer and better hydrated. I’ve noticed a marked improvement.
I’d be lying if I said there weren’t still nights where I toss and turn, worrying about life. But in general I sleep a lot better now than I ever have BECAUSE my mind isn’t usually going at 100 miles an hour. Having a routine that separates sleep and the stress of everyday life doesn’t eliminate all worry, but it does help you compartmentalise it.
So there we have it, my easy evening routine for lazy girls. Do you have an evening routine? Share your tips with me in the comments.