We’re constantly being told that the way we start our day will determine how fruitful it turns out to be. In my case, it’s the way I’m spending my evenings that’s letting the team down.
Despite the hundreds of stories yelling at me to “stop looking at your phone right before bed, Edwina” and “meditate before you hit the sack, silly” my night time routine has fallen by the wayside.
It usually consists of four components: 1) get home and make dinner. 2) Sit on the couch post-dinner eating chocolate for way longer than is necessary. 3) Realise it’s late so quickly wash my face and slap on moisturiser. 4) Lie in bed staring at my Instagram feed willing it to update until I turn out the light.
Not exactly relaxing or conducive to great sleep (or a good mood the following morning), is it? In a quest to make my night time routine a little less slapdash and a little more serene; I’ve made four small changes that have made a big difference.
1. Tea, tea, tea, tea, tea.
You know when you go to get a massage and in the waiting room they hand you one of those delicious, steamy herbal teas that smell amazing? I decided to incorporate THAT lovely ritual into my everyday routine. I must say, there’s nothing more cosy than pouring a cup of chamomile tea (which has fabulous calming qualities) to remind me that it’s time to wind down.
Chamomile tea. Is there anything more soothing? Image: Pexels.
2. Use my brain.
A usual night after a hectic day at work can pass in a blur when you become at one with the couch, TV and Snapchat.
To break my monotonous cycle, I decided to learn French. My gorgeous niece has started classes and I’ve always wanted to learn a language, so why not start now? I’ve downloaded a couple of apps and do around five minutes most nights. I’m pretty awful, but it’s fascinating and so much more fulfilling than my Facebook newsfeed could ever be. Plus, now I can order a jambon et fromage baguette with ease when I'm in Paris next...
3. Revamp my beauty routine.
Due to a leaky hot tap I haven’t got around to fixing, I generally try to wash my face and rush through my evening skincare routine before the frostbite from the cold water kicks in. Not anymore.
Seeing as Olay was the first moisturiser I ever used, I decided to introduce my skin to their latest innovation - the Olay Regenerist Overnight Miracle, three products formulated to work with the skin’s daily repair rhythm. Turns out skin and Olay get along like a house on fire.