The best ways to get ready for bed

the best ways to get ready for bed illustration, featuring a book, hot chocolate and pillow spray

I’ve always been terrible for having any kind of grown-up bedtime routine.

My usual approach has been to watch TV until my eyes are getting heavy before taking a shower, collapsing into bed and scrolling on my phone for ages until I drift off, thinking and worrying about 101 things.

How about you? I think probably a lot of us fall into becoming a bit zombie-like in the evenings, after long and tiring work days.

I’ve recently adopted some better habits that have helped me feel a little bit calmer as I get ready for bed, and less anxious.

Here’s some changes that have helped, which I hope might help you too.

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More baths

I used to only ever buy bath bombs as presents but realised last year that it’s actually not the end of the world to spend a few quid on bubbles for yourself. My favourite is Lush’s ‘Creamy Candy’ bubble bar, which turns the water pink and smells like a sweet shop. You can eke it out over a few baths by crumbling in just a little each time, and it makes for a properly lovely soak.

Less screen time

I’m definitely guilty of getting into a scroll hole on a night, flicking through social media absent-mindedly until I don’t really know what I’m looking at anymore. On the evenings that I don’t look at my phone after getting into bed and choose a book instead, my mind feels so much calmer.

A good book

Despite loving reading, I can go months without picking up a book and it’s usually only when on holiday – after a quick trip to the airport gift shop – that I remember how much I enjoy it. I recently read Laura Jane William’s ‘Becoming’ which made for a great read and am looking forward to Sara Tasker’s ‘Hashtag Authentic’ getting released this month… if you’ve got any recommendations for fiction though, I’d love a new plot to get stuck into.

Better skincare

Taking make-up off at the end of the day can feel like a bit of a chore but having a few nice products helps a lot. Rather than just giving my face a quick scrub, I’ve been getting better at remembering to moisturise too (I love Liz Earle’s Skin Repair Light) and have started using some eye cream (Nivea’s Cellular Anti-Age cream) which feels lovely and velvety.

Pillow spray

I mentioned in my bedside beauty favourites post last year how much I love This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I ran out soon after and finally got some more after requesting it for Christmas! I’ve since been using it pretty much every night and it really does what it says on the tin. The lavender smell is so soothing and breathing it in really helps me to relax.

There you have it, these are some things that have helped me chill out a bit more recently and get a better sleep. I’ve got to admit, I’m still pretty rubbish at the phone thing though. What helps you get ready for bed?

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