Does anyone else find that their brain is particularly active right before they go to sleep? I often find myself playing out scenes in my head, thinking about all the things I need to do the next day and even pondering the ‘what ifs’ of my life. I think it can be really difficult to switch off at night, especially if you work from home or write most of your blog posts in the evenings, so I thought I’d share some of the things I do to try and wind down.
Put down the technology – I know it’s easier said than done (especially for bloggers) but it definitely helps to put your laptop away and switch off the notifications on your phone. I find that if my phone’s not buzzing and my Macbook isn’t flashing up new tweets, I’m not tempted to reach for them, so I can concentrate on getting ready for bed.
Give yourself time to wind down - I find that gradually getting ready for bed really helps me to wind down. Rather than rushing the process, just do one task in between watching a little TV, reading or doing whatever you like to do before you go to bed and it will gently ease you into the idea of going to sleep. Well it works for me anyway!
Create a night time skincare routine – It sounds silly but I really enjoy taking off my makeup and applying my night cream in the evening - it’s somewhat soothing. I honestly don’t know how people can even try and sleep in their makeup, it must be so uncomfortable.
Have a bath – If I’m feeling stressed or poorly, I like to have a bath before I go to bed. What makes it even better if I’ve got a Lush bathbomb or bubble bar to use. If you want one that helps to wind you down and relax your body, I recommend trying either the Twilight or Blackberry bath bomb.
Light a candle – I’m a big fan of candles anyway but I particularly like to light them in the evening when I want to relax and wind down. Obviously I don’t recommend keeping them lit whilst you sleep (just in case) but you could always try a pillow spray to get the same soothing scent. James and I have been using the lavender one from this works and we love it!
Make a list – If I have a lot on my mind before I go to sleep, I sometimes find that it helps to write it down. For example, if I’m thinking about all the things I need to do the next day, I’ll just make a list for the morning and I’ll feel much better. I know it won’t work for everyone but it’s definitely worth a try.
What do you do to switch off in the evenings?
PS, Isn’t my cat Thomas adorable? I’m always jealous of how comfy he looks!