Hi! I am so excited to share this post with you guys today. I’m a strong believer in morning and nightly routines. I think morning routines are a great way to set your intentions and start your day on a positive note. Nighttime routines are a great way to relax yourself for a great night’s sleep, reflect on your day and get yourself ready for a successful tomorrow.
I surveyed a few fellow health and fitness bloggers to find out their nightly routines. I know there’s been many, many posts and articles out there on morning routines, so I thought I’d focus on nightly routines.
But first, here’s mine…
Pack my gym bag: I always pack my gym bag for the next day, the night before. There is no way I have the brains to do that at 5am. I pack my towel, wash cloth, sweat towel, outfit for the next day, and all other shower materials I need. I also sleep in my workout clothes so the next morning when the alarm goes off at 5am, all I have to do is slip socks and shoes on, brush my teeth, fix myself up a bit, and go! I currently have this morning routine down to 16 minutes, but who’s counting?!
Bubble Bath: On days where I’ve done a PM workout, I opt for a bath instead of a shower to help me relax. On days where I’m really sore and achy from a hard workout, I also take a bath. I always put epsom salts in my bath to help relieve sore muscles.
Tea: My nightly routine usually involves a cup of hot peppermint tea with a drop of honey.
Dessert: I also must always have some kind of sweet dessert. Sometimes it’s a bowl of fruit, sometimes its a few pieces of dark chocolate, and other times it’s Halo Top ice cream or a healthy baked good! Sometimes I eat my dessert and drink my tea on my living room couch; other times, I take it up to bed with me.
Read: Very rarely do I watch TV before going to bed because I’ll just get sucked into it and before I know it, I should have been asleep an hour ago. I find that doesn’t happen with books. Reading makes me sleepy. A few of my go-to reads right now are The Four Agreements and Kate Hudson’s book, Pretty Happy.
Okay, now onto others’ nightly routines…
Brienne from Lean, Clean, and Brie
“Every evening, I try to shut down my computer an hour before bed and drink herbal tea and read until I go to sleep. Every morning when I follow through with this I feel so much more energized and ready to tackle my workout!”
Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine
“I always have a mug of hot Sleepytime or Peppermint tea and read a few pages of my book. I also always go to sleep around the same time every night as well as wake up the same time (and sleep in the clothes I’ll workout in right when I wake up!)”
Kristy from Southern-In-Law
“My nightly ritual probably isn’t what most people think of when they think of as a “healthy habit”, however, I think it is!
Every night after dinner I have some sort of sweet treat and a mug of peppermint tea. Whether it’s a couple of pieces of dark chocolate, a bowl of ice-cream or a homemade treat, I almost always have dessert as I think balance is ESSENTIAL in a healthy lifestyle. I love my veggies, but I love my chocolate too!
By treating myself to something in moderation, I don’t find the need to have cheat days or eat myself silly when on vacation because I know I can always eat what I feel like! It’s all about balance and living a healthy lifestyle – not following a diet mentality.”
Kaila from Healthy Helper
“Every night I do ten minutes of stretching and foam rolling before I hop into bed. It relaxes my muscles and my mind! I also ALWAYS have a huge snack around 9pm. Can’t go to bed on an empty stomach!”
Kayla from Kayla in the City
“I actually set a bedtime alarm. If I’m sitting around aimlessly on Facebook or watching mindless TV, the alarm is a great reminder to get up and start getting ready for bed. My boyfriend makes fun of it, but it’s seriously been a game changer and I’ve been going to bed earlier because of it.”
Emma from Emma’s Little Kitchen
“I put all of my smoothie ingredients in the blender so all I have to do is press blend in the morning. Super simple, but it’s funny how difficult smoothie making is before coffee…!”
Jill from Jill Conyers
“Every night I unplug at least 2 hours before bed, enjoy a warm cup of Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm and end the day with a laugh watching Modern Family or Big Bang (usually with my husband and daughter).”
Liz from Pumpkin and Peanut Butter
“I turn off all electronic by 8:30, then I like to do 15-20 minutes of yoga. Once I’m in bed, I usually read for 20 minutes and that basically puts me to sleep!”
Cayenne fromm Healthyezsweet Life
“This is a bit of a different ritual, but every night without fail I talk to my mom before bed whether it’s on the phone or in person, I find that saying goodnight to a loved one or having a quick conversation puts my mind at ease and reminds me that I’m capable of anything. I think it sets me up to sleep in peace and wake up with positive intentions / faith that I can crush whatever workout or project I put my mind to!”
So there you have it, from yoga, to talking to a loved one, to healthy snacking…these are the nightly routines of my fellow health bloggers. Try one at a time or try a little of of each, but find what works for you and leads you to a good night’s rest and a successful tomorrow!