It is summer and it definitely got warmer in the last couple of weeks. When it is warm, it is harder to fall asleep. That is why you have a good evening routine that can help you to fall asleep faster. And today I wanted to share my perfect summer evening routine. Of course, you are a different person who prefers to do other things, but maybe I can inspire you to create your own perfect summer evening routine.
I come home between 7:30 and 8:00 in the evening from work. A lot of people work from 9-5 and come home earlier than I do. This means I also have less time for an evening routine. But I think I have created the perfect routine for me right now.
My perfect summer evening routine
I have a very different eating schedule than other people. On a weekday I eat between 11 AM-12 PM, 3-4 PM, and around 8 PM. I sort of divided my dinner into two parts. Between 3 and 4 I eat most of it and in the evening I eat a little bit lighter like a cup of soup, fruit, or smoothie. But is definitely a big part of my evening routine because I have to eat something otherwise I can’t sleep. I don’t want to eat a full meal because that can be too much right before going to bed and I am also not in the mood to make dinner 8 PM. Most of the time I am already hungry again and I want to eat something right away.
Watch one episode of something
While I am eating my second dinner I like to watch something on Netflix. Most of the time I prefer to watch a short episode of something. Right now I am watching Brooklynn 99, which I definitely enjoy watching. I normally don’t do two things at the same time like eating and watching Netflix, but it is the only moment of the day I can watch something and I never watch TV before going to bed. Most of the time I just watch one or two episodes, not more. Because after this my real evening routine starts. But I stop watching TV before 9 PM. I never use screens after that time because it influences the quality of my sleep. I want to wake up feeling refreshed and energetic.
Getting ready for the evening
When I don’t go outside for the rest of the evening, I get ready for the evening. This means I clean my face, getting rid of the makeup. I prefer to take showers in the morning because it takes forever to dry my hair. But I still clean myself a little bit. This gives me a clean feeling. I always feel a little dirty after a long day. I also change into a more comfy outfit. I get ready for a cozy evening.
Right now, I love to journal. It helps me to stay focused and I can write down everything I need to. Sometimes I write down my feelings and then I realize I was worrying about nothing. It helps me to put things in perspective. I also use my journal for writing down my gratitude lists and writing about my manifestations. I use my journal for a lot of things. But it helps to clear my head. I can be an overthinker and by writing everything down, I let everything go. This makes it easier for me to fall asleep faster.
Then it is time for my favorite part of my evening routine and that is reading. As I mentioned above, I do not watch TV after 9 because it influences the quality of my sleep. So I had to do something different and I found that reading is the perfect activity for me before going to bed. My e-reader has this function that reduces blue light in the evening, so it won’t affect my sleep. But reading really helps me to relax and there are evenings that I fall asleep while reading. That is why I prefer to read in bed. Sometimes it is still pretty warm outside in the evening I decide to read outside or in my comfy reading chair next to the window. But I kind of prefer my bed. But every morning, I wake up feeling energetic and refreshed.
What is your favorite evening routine?