Isn’t it funny. As moms we put so much emphasis on routine for our littles. Many children, Millie included, thrive with routine but the truth is, so do mommas! If a good bedtime routine is key for healthy sleeping habits for our babies why isn’t it for you? After a long day the last thing you want to do is think anymore – I know, I really do. Like our little ones, routine is just as important for momma. Show yourself a little love after working your behind off all day.
I’d be a big fat liar if I said that it’s easy to stick to a routine BUT it is easier if it’s simple. Simplicity is key! I do not have the time or energy for something elaborate and grand. Since I’ve struggled with sleeping (can’t quite turn the old brain off) I find a relaxing bedtime routine to be essential. Not only does it give me time to pamper myself but it helps quiet my mind. I see a big difference in the quality of my sleep when I get bogged down and decide to hit the sheets without any downtime.
Momma’s, just like you advocate for a calm, soothing routine to help your babies sleep, do it for yourself. Carve out a little extra time for just you. I promise, you won’t regret.
So what does my bedtime routine look like?
Say goodnight to technology
This is by far my golden rule. I am being completely honest when I say that I have a strict no electronics in my bedroom policy. I notice an incredible difference in how I sleep when I get a little lazy and bring my phone to bed. 30 minutes before I want to be asleep, I plug my phone in downstairs and call it a night. Who can’t admit to finding themselves down an Instagram rabbit hole, so eliminate the temptation. Let your mind slow down and don’t let it have an opportunity to get racing again. If you start anywhere with a bedtime routine, let it be here.
Love Your Skin
One of the best feelings for me is a freshly washed face. SO good! It’s also so beneficial for maintaining the health of your skin. I have had some epic battles with flare ups so this is a must for me. I love to take a warm shower to whine down and wash my face.
What does my skin care regimen look like? Right now it’s looks like this:
Step 1: Cleanser – I’m using Origins A Perfect Work Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea
Step 2: Toner – I recently discovered Wildcraft Care Balance Toner and I’m hooked! The smell and feeling is amazingly refreshing and calming. The ingredient list is also so simple.
Step 3: Spot Treatment – I’m in the throws of one of those flare ups so I’m battling it with Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemis Targeted Spot Treatment. If you’re in a similar situation, it works wonders!
Step 4: Moisturizer – like so many other elements, your skin rejuvenates and repairs most at nighttime, so lather it on. I love a thick night cream and Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins Mineral Enriched Renewal Cream does not disappoint. It’s also stamped Clean at Sephora which I love!
All in all, this takes me about 5 minutes. Well worth the time! It relaxes my mind, benefits my skin, and leaves me feeling like the day is behind me.
Diffuse Sleep Inducing Scents
My diffuser count is up to three these days. One in my living room, one in Amelia’s bedroom, and of course, one in my bedroom. One of the first steps I took to improve my sleep was diffusing lavender essential oil before bed. Scent memory is incredible! I run the diffuser in our room every night to help with not only sleep but my hubby’s snoring (nothing like a good snore to ruin your sleep).
I like to turn on the diffuser before I head in for a warm shower so when I’m ready to get into bed that sleep inducing smell is present. Lavender is my absolute favourites but I also like to add eucalyptus (for that snoring issue). Read more about my Go To Essential Oil Blends that includes how I use my diffuser during the day.
If you want to know more about why diffusing essential oils at bedtime is so great, head to mind body green – this article will have you convinced!
Keep a Journal
I emphasize that I have an overactive mind and truly struggle to shut down at the end of the day. If I had a stressful day, I’ll find myself watching the clock while replaying details in my head. Not so great! I am also a big believer in the power of words; you are what you think. I go to bed thinking positive thoughts and setting positive goals for the next day.
I don’t write on for pages about my day (unless I’m working through some feelings) but focus on seeing the day through a positive scope and finding motivation in tomorrow. What does a journal entry look like for me? I start with three things I’m grateful for. Sometimes my gratitude is deeply thought out and other days I’m grateful I made it through the day. To beef up my positive outlook I then reflect on what was great about today. The truth is some days that’s a tall order but it does make you thinking positively. Lastly, I set intentions for the next day and write a positive affirmation.
If you’re new to journaling, don’t be intimidated. Get yourself a copy of The Five Minute Journal – you’ll never look back.
To sum it up, make time for yourself. 30 minutes – that. is. all. All the emphasis you put on maintaining a healthy routine for your little ones shouldn’t be lost on you. After all, a well rested momma is a happy one. Keep it simple & enjoy!