With well-being taking centre-stage in 2021, it's more important than ever that we look after ourselves properly. Even more so now that we're under lockdown (again). This past year has taken its toll, and as the days mingle into one it's crucial we set some time apart to settle down for the day.
Creating your own bedtime routine to follow will help you break up the days, and give you some wind-down time in the evening that you can look forward to after a long, tiring day.
We’re experts in all things bedtime at Happy Beds, and if a new mattress hasn’t quite cured all of your sleeping problems, a good nighttime routine just might. Read on to discover some of our most popular choices for wind-down time!
Create Your Own Bedtime Routine
We think some wind-down time is definitely needed after these dreary, repetitive days. If you struggle to settle down, here are some ideas for you to try.
Don't forget, each bedtime routine is different, just like everyone has their own tastes. There might be some popular bedtime routines ideas you couldn't imagine doing, yet someone else might have it down as the favourite part of their nighttime routine. Give them a go and see what you like!
Start With a Bath
When we've had a rough day, the first thing we like to do is run a piping hot bath. It's our favourite thing to do when we want some wind-down time.
When you decide to settle down for the night, the first thing you should do is turn the tap on. Sprinkle in some bath salts, drop in a bath bomb, pour in some bubble bath and let the water do its job.
By the time you're ready to jump in, your bath will look like a colourful, bubbly oasis and it'll smell so good you won't ever want to leave the bathroom again. Now that's a good way to start your bedtime routine off right.
Cleanse Your Skin
Skincare has been a part of popular bedtime routines for years, and it's no surprise why. Incorporating a skincare routine into your own wind-down time is not only relaxing but super good for your skin too. However, if this is something you want to add into your nighttime routine then it's best to do some research before.
As there are so many different processes, products and opinions on skincare, if you don't know much about it, you're likely to become overwhelmed and want to quit before you've even started.
Just keep doing your research. We promise, soon enough skincare will be an essential part of your bedtime routine, so much so you won't even need to think about it!
To help you get started on your skincare journey, why not have a look at this beginner's skin care guide.
One of the best things you can do to relax is to have everything ready for the next day. By doing this, it leaves you with nothing else to do for the night so you can put your feet up without having to stress about tackling your to-do list.
For example, by having your lunch prepared and your outfit all ready to go, you can cut out a considerable amount of time from your morning dash to get ready. This means you get some extra time to watch Good Morning Britain...Or BBC Breakfast if you’re not a fan of Piers Morgan.
Read Your Favourite Book
We know that not everyone enjoys reading, but for those who do, what sounds better than curling up with a blanket and reading a few chapters of your favourite book?
Reading a book is the perfect thing to add to your bedtime routine - it's easy to do, doesn't take much brain power and is good for making you take some time out to unwind and relax. Plus you can transport yourself to an entirely different world just by the turn of a page. How exciting is that!
Additionally, if you have children, this is a great pick to add to their bedtime routine. If you’re looking for a good bedtime story to lull them off to sleep, we might have the answer. Find out more: 11 of Our Favourite Bedtime Books.
Watch Your Favourite Show
We must admit, there's nothing better than putting your feet up and watching a few episodes of your favourite shows. We like to do this at the end of the day when our to-do lists have been fully ticked off. That way, we can sit in our PJs and watch a couple of shows with no interruptions (apart from the multiple snack runs, of course).
With the current restrictions looming over us, every night has become the same old night in. With nowhere to go and nobody to see, life can be pretty boring. But at least we still have some form of entertainment to keep our spirits lifted! It's the little things.
Journal or Write
Writing in a journal is a good way to spend your wind-down time as you can dump all of your thoughts and feelings onto a page and leave it there for the night. By expelling these thoughts it creates a clear mind, a clean slate if you like, so you can end the day feeling calm and at peace.
You only have to journal for a short amount of time to noticeably feel more relaxed, so there's really no excuse not to. Just half an hour will do the trick, maybe even less.
End With an Evening Brew and an Early Night
Ah, the simple brew, capable of curing...well, anything. Whether it be a cup of tea, hot chocolate, or even a warm glass of milk, taking time out to sip a comforting drink will make all the difference. It's a perfect way to finish off your day.
Just make sure you're not drinking too much caffeine before bed, as it may have the opposite effect on your wind-down time. No one wants that.
Then end your day by getting an early night. You don't need to have an early night every night, but sometimes one of the best things you can do to relax is turning in early. You'll wake up feeling refreshed too!
What's Your Bedtime Routine Like?
Bedtime routines don't take long to establish and are easy to do once you make it a habit to keep up to them. Hopefully, these ideas inspire you to create your own bedtime routine that will help you become relaxed in your nightly wind-down time.