My Mindfulness Evening Routine
With the evenings getting darker so fast, it is becoming progressively more important to look after your body, mind and soul. Having previously struggled with my mood in Winter, I’ve made it my goal to look after myself better this year and dedicate time to myself – and myself only. At the moment, I’ve not been making too many evening plans in order to make sure I can have this time. For once, I’ve started to find a routine that I’m really enjoying. So, I thought that I’d share it with you!
When I start my mindfulness evening routine, I like to make sure that I switch my phone on to airplane mode. I’ll also leave it to charge so that it will be ready in the morning (and this way, I won’t be tempted to leave it on overnight). As a blogger, I do find it hard to switch off from social media but having spent all of my working day looking at a screen, it’s not good to spend my entire evening doing the same. If I’m prepared, I’ll have got some tweets scheduled in. I’m not very good at that though!
When I’m home, if we’re not expecting guests I’ll usually hop straight into the shower and get my pyjamas on. I don’t usually have time to shower in the mornings, and I find that an evening shower helps me to wind down. If you’re feeling extra luxurious you could always go for a bath with a bath bomb/melt. I’ve not yet managed to figure out how people read in the bath, boo, but I usually try and settle down with a book in the evening at some point. I’ve read four books so far in the last six weeks, which is more than I’ve read in the past year. I absolutely love them and I’m really enjoying finding my favourite category. I’ve read a few fiction books, crime books and I’m also loving psychology/self-help books. My current read is ‘The Discomfort Zone’ by Farrah Storr (She has also done a Ted Talk all about it, to give you an introduction). I’m still pretty much at the start of the book, but I love it! It’s a great reminder that we need to be uncomfortable sometimes in order to grow, and it’s completely normal to be nervous about the unknown.
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I usually find that I get pretty sleepy after a while of reading my book, but if I’m not then I’ll try and settle down with some meditation. For this, I get my phone back out as I use the Headspace app – did you know that if you have a Spotify premium account you can also get Headspace for free? Bargain! They have a load of different mindfulness routines for different purposes, including relationships, sleep and stress, just to name a few.
As much as I am enjoying my routine at the moment, I appreciate that it isn’t perfect. My next goal is to focus on implementing some exercise in there somewhere, even if it’s just some light yoga in an evening. I’d like to join the gym eventually, but it’s important to make small changes that will last a lifetime and I don’t want to jump in at the deep end.
How do you like to spend your evenings? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments box below!