We live in an age of stress, busyness, and the mentality of more: more work, more time, more connections. But it seems to drain us, drain our minds and our spirits.
I think we all need to calm down for just a hot second and remember that we are humans on Earth for a finite time. That being said, here are a few relaxing habits or rituals I do before letting my head hit the pillow:
- I spray this concoction onto our pillows every night about a half-hour before bed. It includes lavender essential oil to help relieve stress and get us into a relaxed mood.
- These days before I get into bed, I do a round of yoga stretches to wind myself down. I find it’s a nice transition from tidying up the apartment to actually getting into bed to rest.
- I also wash my face using Acure Organics products I buy from Target online. Then, I use the Lavender + Frankincense Face Oil from Little Barn Apothecary as my moisturizer. My skin seems to be too sensitive to anything else. And the brands aren’t toxic. I’ve been using the same bottle of face oil for about 8 months now, too.
- I drink some water! But that’s probably because our bedroom gets too dang dry at night but we don’t have money for a nice humidifier.
- I lather on the chapstick. Surprisingly no lavender here. Lavender seems to be the key word.
- If I remember, I lotion-up my arms, back, and legs with Burts Bee’s body lotion. Again, that sensitive skin! That dry bedroom!
- One rule I’ve been attempting to add into my bedtime routine: no social media. I want our bed itself to be a place of rest. I hope once we get a place bigger than 400 sq ft that we can make our bedroom totally electronics free. I’d love to buy an old timey alarm clock.
- I also make sure to have the coffee pot set and the dishes cleaned. I find it best to start the day fresh!
- If there is time to spare, or if I’m still pretty alive, I’ll pick up a book off our night stand. And it’ll be a book from Two Dollar Radio, so I know I will actually enjoy it.
What are some of your bedtime rituals? Do you have any bedtime habits you’d like to see changed?