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Laura
Hi! I'm Laura, a 23-year-old millennial girl discovering who I am by sharing my life experiences on my blog. You'll find me writing about me discovering my personal style, my growing wanderlust or giving any sort of style, uni or mental health advice.

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MY WINTER NIGHT-TIME ROUTINE


Have we all survived Blue Monday today gals? I honestly think mine wasn’t as bad as I initially thought it would be. I had a super productive day today and only now have time to sit down and write todays blog post. It’s been a while since I last wrote and published my blog posts on the same day. I quite like it though! Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share my current night-time routine as I feel like I finally have gotten my evening routine in check after a couple of very stressful months.

We probably all know how important it is to have routines to become accustomed to certain life patterns. Now that I don’t really have to go to university anymore and finished writing my dissertation, I noticed that the little evening routine that I had completely vanished. I went to bed at 4 in the morning and always felt exhausted throughout the day. I basically had switched around my routine and started living at night, which is not good at all. So I started making some adaptions late December and already am noticing such a difference since applying this current night-time routine. I feel a lot more energised, motivated and productive to get stuff done, which is such a great feeling!



Make a tea and take my melatonin

I usually end up putting my pyjamas or any sort of comfortable clothing on as soon as I come home. After I have had my dinner at around 7.30, I usually make myself either an herbal, green or jasmine tea at night as I find those calm me down most. Because I have slept really badly throughout November and December, I started taking melatonin in December. So with my tea I take a melatonin tablet to fall asleep at night. I usually take my melatonin either 1,5 or 2 hours before I actually go to sleep so I know I won’t feel exhausted because of it the next day. I find that taking melatonin really helps me feel sleepy and eventually fall asleep at night. I am almost out of my strip of melatonin, which is great because then I can really test if my evening routine is effective enough to make me fall asleep at night.

Update my bullet journal

One of my favourite things about my night-time routine is getting my bullet journal out and updating it. I have a couple of habit trackers written down for myself. This is how I try and make myself aware of eating more fruit and veg for example. So I usually start by updating my habit tracker, I then move on to writing down what I was grateful for that day. I then move to update Instagram trackers and I write down any last notes or inspiration I have for particular blog post ideas. Writing my blog post ideas down as well as what I am grateful for really helps me to prevent from feeling like my brain is going into overdrive at night. I usually find myself spending about an 30 minutes to 1 hour writing down notes on new blog post ideas down in my notes if I am feeling extra inspired.



Check my blog and social media

It’s usually at around 9:00 at night when I finish writing down all of my notes and stuff, which is when I check my blog and social media. This is usually the time of day I get back to anyone who has left me a comment or a message on any of my social channels. I love planning about 30 minutes in my night-time routine for this, so I know I won’t have to think about it anymore or sometimes even reply to you when I am actually supposed to be sleeping.

Evening skincare routine

Then at around 9:30 at night is when I start to cleanse my face. This is when I truly start my down time and try to not look at any screens anymore. I find that avoiding screens also really helps with falling asleep. If you do have to look at your screen at night, I truly recommend night shift mode on your computer or phone, as you just immediately feel so much less tension in your eyes. Anyway, at around 9:30 I start my evening cleanse and I take away all of the dirt that has build up on my face throughout the day. I posted a skincare routine back in autumn somewhere, which you can find here. This post is still pretty much accurate on what products I like to use to cleanse my face at night.



End the night with some reading

So it’s usually around 9:45 when I have brushed my teeth and finished doing all of my skincare. I then like to go and lie in bed with just a bed side lamp on so I can end my night by doing some reading. Reading is such a good way to end your day with. It really makes you feel calm and it helps to accomplish your reading goal if you have set one like I have. If I have a good night I am asleep by 10:30 and sometimes I fall asleep at 11:30. This is super early for me as I used to fall asleep anywhere between 2, 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning because my brain couldn’t stop overthinking every situation.

What I'm wearing
Cosy pyjama set from Primark (similar)

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