I got home from work today feeling exhausted so I figured why not write a post about how I manage to stay sane once I’m home.
Well first of all not that you need to know but I’m lying on my bed using my phone to blog. So it probably just looks like I’m being lazy and texting or checking social media.
Anyway, I myself have been on a quest to find the best daily schedule/routine, and currently I’m still not where I’d like to be. But I’m not discouraged or feeling all down about it.
It’s still good to be kind to myself, but being kind is not the same as being easy on myself. Otherwise I’d be living an under-challenged life, which I don’t want. There’s no way to have any kind of personal growth if you don’t have anything to work towards.
So here are a few things that help make my evenings more doable…
Don’t Get Ready for Bed Right Before Bedtime.
If you’re exhausted after work, there may be a chance that when it’s time to go to sleep, you feel like you have no energy to wash your face, brush and floss your teeth, and everything else you need to do.
I am guilty of countless times of not removing my makeup (so bad for your skin.. makes you age faster) or brushing my teeth (I’m lucky my teeth are still very white), because I would wait so long to do these things that before I knew it I’d already be completely knocked out.
My mom who is in her 50s but sometimes could pass for my sister has stressed so much to me how important it is for me to take care of these hygienic things. If you daily wash and moisturize your face, your future skin will thank you. If you daily brush AND floss your teeth, you future non decayed teeth will thank you as well.
What I Do Now:
Each evening is a little different from the others but my evenings generally follow the same principles of unwinding and doing things in a stress free way.
- Get home, greet my family, go straight to my room to change into comfortable clothes aka what I wear to sleep.
- Take off makeup + wash + moisturize face. That way there’s no need for me to do that right before bed.
- Take a little time (about 30 minutes) to just relax with no obligation, usually on my bed.
- Personal reading and/or an at-home errand or two.
- Dinner at home + (very) light cleaning
- Brush + floss teeth + put on retainers (otherwise I’ll have buck teeth).
- Work on blog related things. Btw I’m planning to release an online course within the next few months! I shall keep you updated.
- Plan for the next day. Pick outfit, pack lunch, review tomorrow’s schedule.
- Contact lenses.
- Set alarm using Sleep Cycle app and sleeeep!
Sometimes I’ll go out for dinner or errands, but I try not to overdo it. I still need to reserve and restore a portion of my energy for work the next day.
Sometimes I also help my 11th grade sister with her math homework. Speaking of which.. I have just been summoned to help her. Yay for parametric equations and vectors.