Do you keep working until you pass out? Do you resort to junk food and mindless social scrolling to decompress? I feel that most of us, use this as an easy escape when we're emotionally and mentally exhausted.
I work full-time and more often than not have to work late nights. I admit that I don't always keep to my nightly self-care routines (work gets in the way, late nights with friends happen, I spend way too much time in the gym), but when I do, it is the most rewarding experience ever. It's the perfect reset for the next day.
Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. – Eleanor Brown
What Is A Self-care Routine?
In my opinion, a self-care routine gives you the opportunities to act kindly towards yourself. After a long day of running around doing errands, working a 9-5 job, following up on personal initiatives, completing my self-care routine has become something I look forward to. Practicing it has enabled me to set clear boundaries between work and rest.
Since I started practicing my nightly routine, I have noticed an improvement in my mood and emotional wellbeing, and an increase in my productivity the next morning. Doing it more regularly has helped me realize how important it is to give your mind and body a chance to wind down and relax. Nowadays, I rarely fall out of bed feeling gross, sluggish, and dreading the new day. I wake up and I am 100% ready to carpe diem!
In this post, I am going to share how my nightly routine continues to play an important role in my life. I hope my routine inspires you to create and practice your own nightly self-care rituals!
My Current Evening Routine
Part I: Pre-work Snack + 30 Min Run + 30 Min Strength
I usually get home around 8 or 9pm. That leaves me about 3 hours to complete my routine. I drink a pre-work drink usually Amino Energy, Watermelon flavor. It gives me the energy I need and helps with muscle recovery. I take about 2 scoops for an hour of gym time. I then grab a snack. It's usually either an apple or an orange.
I keep a really simple diet. I have a really sensitive stomach so it's best for me to eat more or less the same foods, otherwise I will run into some stomach issues. I wait about 30 mins before I head to the gym. I usually listen to a podcast, read an article, chill in my bed, maybe sew a pillow case or two to pass the time.