Sonntag, 14. Juli 2019

my evening routine ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒƒ

Ever since I shared my morning routine with you a few weeks ago, you’ve been dying to hear about my evening routine as well, right? … Right? … Hello?! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

My ~ evenings ~ usually start at around 6pm – that’s when I try to be home from work, or call it a day when I’m working from home. The last thing I do before getting in relaxation mode, is clearing away my work stuff, meaning I organise my desk so that I can start again fresh and with a tidy space the next day. This helps me to a) stop thinking about work (because it’s literally out of my sight) and b) to wind down a bit, since organising my space and clearing away things helps me relax. ๐Ÿญ

Then I change into my yoga clothes and roll out my mat. ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿป‍♀️ I do yoga every day with very few exceptions. My guru of choice is Adriene (of course!) from “Yoga with Adriene” on YouTube. She posts a new video every week and also compiles monthly playlists so that you have daily yoga videos every month. Why not choose a video myself every day you might ask? Because deciding on a yoga video would take me about as long as doing three different yoga videos back to back. So it’s easiest for me to just go with what’s on that day. Adriene also puts a lot of thought into these compilations – after a few challenging sessions comes a more relaxing one for example, which I highly appreciate. I also allow myself some wiggle room within those playlists and, for example, do a longer video on the weekend and a shorter one from another day during the week, depending on my schedule and how much time I have each day. “Find freedom within the form”, to quote only one of Adriene’s many wisdoms. ๐Ÿ˜‚


When it’s my turn to make dinner that day, I do that right after I’m finished with my yoga session. When I’m going to the office instead of working from home the next day, I also prepare my breakfast and lunch to take to work with me. I’ve always preferred bringing my own food to work (or basically anywhere), to be honest. I just don’t want to spend money on food I can easily make at home. And when I’m making myself a really yummy breakfast or lunch box for the next day, I have something to look forward to as well. The highlights of my life, y’all. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I usually bring a smoothie bowl type breakfast (but in a jar) – so chia pudding, plus berry smoothie topped with homemade granola. For lunch I always make a salad with different vegetables, sometimes quinoa or spelt, chickpeas, tofu and lettuce. Whatever’s in the fridge that week, really.




Before dinner I take a shower which helps me wind down even more. Taking my make-up off and putting my night creme on is my daily mini spa routine. ๐Ÿง–๐Ÿป‍♀️
I also put my phone in flight mode and plug it in at my desk before we eat. As I’ve already mentioned in my morning routine post: I made my mornings and evenings device free, which is ~ the best ~ trust me. ✨




Then we have dinner – sometimes at our kitchen table, but most of the time on our couch. I know it’s not ideal, but after pretending to be an adult who is responsible and professional and sits in a chair at a desk the whole day, I need to sprawl on the couch in the evening, balancing a bowl of food on my belly. ๐Ÿข๐Ÿคช

Since I put my phone ”to sleep“ before dinner to prevent myself from scrolling the whole rest of the evening, I actually find the time to do some journaling and reading before I go to bed. I say “before I go to bed”, because I intentionally don’t hang out in bed prior to going to sleep.

I’ve read that spending too much time in bed before you actually plan on going to sleep, isn’t the smartest thing to do, because your brain then doesn’t associate ”bed” with ”sleeping” anymore. So apparently you can train yourself pawlowian style to get super sleepy just by getting into bed . ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿป‍♀️

In all honesty, there are days when all my tricks and tools to slow my mind down and get myself to relax, do not work. Despite my daily exercise, yoga practice, device free evening, journaling and reading routine, lavender pillow spray and so on … I still have a hard time sleeping through the night sometimes. Depending on what happened that day maybe or what’s on my mind, I sometimes wake up in the night and lie awake for hours or just don’t sleep very soundly. I’m still figuring things out over here…

And I guess that’s my evening routine. Some evenings are different, of course, but I always realise that I’m most relaxed (with few exceptions) when I spend my evenings and nights like this. Whenever I go out in the evening – and with “going out” I mean dinner or the movies ๐Ÿ˜‚ – I’m generally too hyped up to go to bed immediately after coming home and also don’t sleep as well as when I stayed in. Grandma vibes. ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป

Have a nice evening and see you again soon! ✨

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