Routine Share: My Bedtime Routine

In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, I’m sharing my soothing bedtime routine with you. Tune in to hear all about it!

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Ashley Brown 0:00 [Intro]
Routines my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. And either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown. And this is the routine and things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways for you to consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're going to want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:46
Hey, girl, before we get into today's episode, I wanted to share that we have four new freebies for you at routineandthings.com right now. So these are four free downloads that I put together that will help you with your routines, and also planning. So just to give you a sneak peek, one of the free downloads is my top five planning tips for mindful productivity. These are tips that I use every single week to make sure that I'm creating a realistic plan that I'm being thoughtful about how I'm planning so that I don't over plan and that I actually stick to my plan. So these are some really great tips, as well as another freebie that I put together for you is a routine assessment.

Ashley Brown 1:28
And so this is actually a download where you can assess the five routine categories cooking, cleaning, children's self care and planning to see which routine category do you need most in your life right now, so that you can start to build a routine based within that category. So this is a really great routine assessment. And this has helped so many women when it comes to them trying to decide which routine to start. So I know it will be helpful for you. So these are just two freebies, I have an additional two on the website. So I want you to go ahead and check them out. You can go to routineandthings.com, and I'll also place a link to all of the freebies in the show notes. I want to share that with you. But let's go ahead and get into today's episode.

Ashley Brown 2:12
Hey, girl, hey, welcome back for another episode of the routine and things podcast. I'm your girl, Ashley. And today I am going to be sharing with you my bedtime routine. So this is another routine share episode, I was asked to share more routines. And although I have a whole bunch in the book, the routine building handbook. I mean, it's about 50 examples in that book. But I'm going to share with you today, my bedtime routine. This is one of my favorite routines alongside my morning routine, because I've switched up both. And so some things that I used to do in my bedtime routine. I know I now do in my morning routine. And some things I did in my morning routine. I now do my bedtime routine. So it's switched up a little bit. But I still love both of them.

Ashley Brown 3:07
So this is my bedtime routine it is super soothing. I will say that. And it really just helps me. So let me go ahead and get into it. So the outcome of my routine, I always start with sharing that with you because this is what guides me when it comes to thinking about what I want to include in my routine pro tip for you. When it comes to what you want to include in your routine. What is the outcome? What is that that you want out of your routine? Because this will help to guide the steps of your routine. So the outcome for me is I wanted to feel relaxed I was I just want to feel relaxed. That's it. Relax it ain't got to be anything grand is just I want to feel relaxed when I go to bed. So first and foremost, I do yoga and stretching, okay, yoga or stretching. Either or so it really just depends on the night do I have feel for yoga, like do I want to do yoga, or do I want to just stretch because maybe I'm like, I'm tired.

Ashley Brown 4:05
And so let me just stretch. And so I'll do yoga or I'll stretch and I do this in my room. My room is not even that big, but I still be up in there, doing all the yoga poses and everything. But that's what I do first. And then after that I take a shower, of course I got to warm my body like as far as like that warmth of the water. Because the yoga is like stretching me out the yoga is helping to bring in some flexibility it's helping to warm up my muscles is helping me to just feel like my body is a little bit more bendable, flexible, which I feel like really relaxes you instead of having like a stiff body when you go to bed. Because when you go to sleep is only going to get stiffer. And that doesn't when you wake up, you're going to feel terrible. So I just feel like yoga really helps me kind of like make my body a little bit more flexible. Warms up my body some and then I get in the shower and that just warms up my body even more. Because warm to me is, is everything. I hate being cold for one, and just feeling in like, I don't know like it's a warm hug.

Ashley Brown 5:15
Like my shower feels like a warm hug I always say that about a bath too. It's like somebody giving you a warm hug and it just feel so good. So I shower. The third step of my routine is I do my skincare. So I have a really short and sweet skincare routine. The products that are mostly used our beauty counter products, but my skincare routine is like a three step very simple routine. So I do my skincare. So my skincare routine is a part of my bedtime routine. Okay, I want to make that clear, because my skincare is like so short and sweet. And then the last thing that I do is get my butt in bed, that is the last thing and when I get in bed, that doesn't mean that I go to sleep right away. It's just I did my bedtime routine, I feel relaxed. Now I'm in bed, so I can do whatever I feel after that. Usually I'll pray also, sometimes I'll scroll just a little bit.

Ashley Brown 6:08
But if it starts making me feel a little bit like anxious or something like you know it, I still have to stay in that relaxed mode. I'll also sometimes when I'm in bed, just sit up and look out the window, I have a window right beside where I sleep. So I'll just raise up the blind and look outside and just look out into the sky look out into my neighborhood is really calming for me. Sometimes I'll turn on, like really beautiful, soft music. I use the chopra app to meditate. So they have like music on there. And so I will turn on one of those. And that's just sometimes what I do when I get into bed. I don't most of the time, like fall asleep straight away. But at least I'm going to be asleep within the next like 30 minutes when I get in bed. So that's my bedtime routine is very straightforward. Very simple yoga or stretching, shower, skincare bed, boom, but it relaxes me is absolutely amazing. And I love it. So what do you do for your bedtime routine?

Ashley Brown 7:03
Do you have a bedtime routine? If you have one, share it with me. Take a screenshot of this episode, tag me on Instagram, then write in what your bedtime routine is on your screenshot so that I can see it. I want to share it because you may inspire someone else with your bedtime routine. You may even inspire me child because sometimes I still be looking for like, oh, how can I switch this up just a little bit. So share that with me on Instagram. If you're not following be sure to follow @routineandthings. But yeah, hopefully this was helpful for you to like give you some ideas or at least see how someone else kind of eases into going to sleep because I think your how you got to bed is very indicative of how your mornings are going to be like if you're not going to bed in a way that really relaxes, you calms you or at least goes you know really helps you to feel good.

Ashley Brown 7:11
Then when you wake up, you're not gonna feel good, like you're not going to feel your best. I know that. So how you go to sleep determines how your mornings are going to go. And so a bedtime routine to me, it's very much more important to start first and a morning routine. And I always say that because your mornings are not going to continue to be well if you are not going to bed in a way that makes sense or in a way that feels good to you. So anyway, that's it for today. I hope that you enjoyed this episode. I have fun sharing my bedtime routine with you. If you would be so kind rate and review the show. As well as share this episode with someone that you feel like may want to hear it. But until next time, continue to enjoy wherever you are. Whatever you're doing, stay happy girl and I'll talk to you later.

Ashley Brown 7:55 [Outro]
Thanks for listening. If you enjoy today's episode, take a screenshot and share it on social. I would love to know you're listening and for tools to help you start maintain and enjoy your routines. Be sure to head to routineandthings.com. Here's to staying happy.

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