My 14-Step Mindful and Relaxing Night Routine

If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know how much I love a good routine. It makes me feel organized, safe and in control. I’ve been working on all kinds of schedules for the past few years, which means I often have to adapt and change my routines. Today I’m sharing my current night routine. I’m 25 weeks pregnant and on medical leave so I don’t have to get to bed at a very specific time. I aim to start my routine between 11pm and midnight.

Step One

Tidy my desk/work space. Write to-do list for the next day. I’m not working right now but I’m doing plenty of studying and blogging which means my desk gets really messy by the end of the day. Cleaning it gives me the change of a fresh start the next day.

Step Two

Make bed. Turn on space heater. Place pajamas and cozy socks on space heater. Our bedroom is super cold, especially because I like to keep the windows open during the day. I love getting into warm clothes, after a shower so my space heater is my bff. If I haven’t made the bed during the day, which is the case most days, this is when I’ll make it as I CANNOT go to bed unless it’s been freshly made.

Step Three

Shower. Wash face. Maybe wash hair. I don’t currently feel the need to wash my hair more than once a week though, since I’m mostly staying home. I exfoliate my face every single day using This Wonderful Soap. Seriously, if you have oily or combination skin, this soap is a game changer.

Step Four

Brush teeth. Floss. Clean aligners. Put on aligners. I don’t currently floss every day, otherwise my teeth and gums get too sensitive and make the aligners painful. I am, however, brushing my teeth every time I eat or drink something other than water, which adds up to about 4-5 times a day.

Step Five

Dry myself up after showering. Moisturize. I’ve been applying this Awesome Body Lotion which comes in a huge bottle, is very affordable and so good on super dry skin. I also apply this Burt’s Bees Mama Belly Butter on my growing belly.

Step Six

Put on PJs and cozy socks. Yes, I do wear socks to sleep. How can you not? My feet are always cold, even with socks on.

Step Seven

Take my nightly pills and pregnancy vitamins. Get some water. Not too much water though, otherwise I’ll spend the whole night getting up to use the bathroom.

Step Eight

Write on my 6-Minute Diary and on my Happiness Journal. I love to journal. It feels good to reflect on my day and to focus on being grateful and positive, something that does not come naturally to me.

Step Nine

Apply face cream, hand cream, lip balm. I’m 30 now which means I can no longer slack on my beauty routine. I apply the Simple Water Hydrating Booster, the Uriage Roseliane Anti-Redness Face Cream (because rosacea) and the Burt’s Bees Vanilla Lip Balm. I think I should add some sort of anti-age moisturizer to my routine soon because my laugh lines are indeed starting to show.

Step Ten

Use the bathroom. For the 10th time. Unfortunately, not the last either.

Step Eleven

Get in bed. Put phone on charger.

Step twelve

Read. Watch massage videos on Youtube. Listen to a true crime podcast. Reading before I go to sleep is one of my absolute favorite things. However, if I’m feeling stressed or distracted, I like to watch massage/chiropractor videos because they help me relax. Most nights I fall asleep to a true crime podcast which sounds like the opposite of relaxing, I know.

Step Thirteen

Turn everything off. I never fall asleep while reading or watching videos. I need to turn off the lights, get comfortable and decide it’s time to sleep.

Step fourteen

Sleep. It can take me anywhere between 15 minutes to 2 hours. People who fall asleep in seconds are definitely God’s favorites.

What about you? Do you have a night routine you always follow.

What is something you always do before bed?

Love,

Cheila

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Happy New Year, Dear!! – First Time I Write More Than a Paragraph in a While

Hey everyone!!

How can it be 2018 already? Can someone please explain? I mean, 2017 was not cool at all so I’m very glad it went by so fast and all but, at the same time, I feel like the years just come and go too fast, which is something old people used to say so, I guess I’m old now? I’m actually lying. I already knew that when I bought a big set of pots and pans and was very happy and excited.

I honestly don’t even know what to write so I’ll ask you:

What would you like to read?

  • A 2017 recap in a few categories?
  • Plans for the new year?
  • General life update?
  • A few resolutions?
  • Me going back to my daily posts and to-do lists?

Please share your opinion.


So, what have I been up to?

I’ve been very tired so I’ve been going to bed very early. Yesterday, Rui was home and I was done with work and some chores by 6 p.m and so I just went to bed. I fell asleep for a short nap and then decided I would listen to some podcasts. I’ve been obsessed with this podcast¬†Thinking Sideways. It’s about unsolved mysteries and true crime, mostly, which is kind of my jam. I listen to a few more podcasts on the same topic, watch YouTube videos and documentaries about serial killers (I mean, Ed Kemper’s interview, I’m still digesting that one) and read books on the same subjects as well. I’ve been known to watch live autopsy videos.

I’m not a creep. I swear. At least not in that way. I’m just very interested in crime, criminology, psychology and psychiatry so it kind of makes sense to me. It feels like research. I learn so much and it’s pretty entertaining as well. No, I’m not scared of any of that. I can listen to the spookiest things and look at really traumatizing pictures while alone in my room, in the dark, having a snack lol

Rui thinks I’m nuts and wants nothing to do with it. He has a weak stomach for such things. Not me, though. I can see every kind of injury, disgusting or scary image or situation. Is that some kind of quality? Or something handy?

However, if someone runs over a dog or cat, I need to close my eyes. I would be unable to step out of the car if it happened to me. I’m pretty¬†sure I would scream and cry my eyes out and never drive a car again.

Anyways, back to my sleeping routines.

I didn’t feel like having dinner so I got up for my pills and was in bed by 10 p.m. I must haven fallen asleep in just a few minutes. Then I woke up at 3.30 a.m (and went to the bathroom), 5.30 or 6.30 p.m, and was half asleep until I actually had to get up at 8 a.m. My goal is to be in bed around 8 or 9 p.m (I know, like a toddler).

I have chronic insomnia and must take my medication, which obviously makes me extremely sleepy. If I go to bed late, even around 11 p.m, I’m too sleepy the next morning and it’s very difficult to get up and go to work.

So, the plan is not going to bed at 8 and sleep for 12 hours, but going to bed at 8/9 p.m, which means taking my medication very early in the evening, which means waking up naturally, very early and having an easier morning. Today, I chose to go back to sleep at 6.30 a.m, but I was rested and would have been fine with getting up at that point. Even an hour earlier. Sounds like a good plan, doesn’t it?

Before going to sleep and usually before taking my pills and dropping dead, I read or listen to podcasts, audio-books and watch some videos on YouTube. It feels very cozy to get to bed early, with my space heater (Which I DON’T leave on during the night because it’s VERY DANGEROUS), my comfy bed and just do something relaxing.

Oh, it also cuts down on evening and late night snacking, which is a HUGE problem for me, as I tend to feel hungrier and need something sweet at night.

Well, my students will be here at 2.30 (in 45 minutes) and I want to go and get some coffee first, so I must say goodbye. (Yes, I still write my posts as they come and post them right way).

Please talk to me:

  • What’s you bedtime routine like?
  • What do you do before bed to relax?
  • Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?
  • Tell me something weird about yourself. (please?)