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My Evening Self Care Routine

18/06/2018

So last month I wrote up a post talking about my morning self care routine and it quickly became one of my most popular posts!

I loved reading everyone else routines and have even ended up taking a few of the tips other people suggested and putting them in mine. They haven’t all worked for me, but it’s always interesting to try new things that sound appealing. 

When I wrote that post, I always intended to follow it up with my evening self care routine. I know some people might see having both a morning and a night time self care routine a little excessive, but this one isn’t so much about self care as such; its more about grounding myself and winding down for whatever I’ve been doing that day.  

In the morning it is all about getting me up, out of bed and motivated for the day ahead. At night its all about switching off from work mode; something I never fully manage to do in all fairness. I’m one of those people who’s brain is always planning out new posts, photos, captions and ideas. 

I’m pretty sure I even do this in my sleep. I once woke up with a whole blog post written out in my head including photo ideas, subheadings and a SEO friendly title. 

I really do worry about myself sometimes…

Sheffield Futures Self Care Hoodie and Book

Change into something comfortable 

In all fairness this is something I do the second I get home and I know I’m not going out again. The bra comes off at the very least and I’ll usually get into something loose fitting, if I don’t go all out and just put my pjs on that is. 

One item I’ve especially loved wearing recently is this self care Hoodie that Sheffield Futures was kind enough to send me. They’re a charity local to me that offer a wide selection of services for young people in all aspects of their lives and they’ve recently launched their Merchandise with a Message campaign, aimed at getting more people to talk about their mental health. 

I love how comfortable it is (I always get hoodies in the next size up so they’re nicely oversized!) and since its aimed at getting people to look after their mental health and take self care time, this is the perfect time to wear it. 

Even though I already have a draw full of them, I’m thinking of picking up their Tote Bag and making myself a Self Care Kit; kind of like a mental health survival kit but filled with dedicated self care ideas like the hoodie, a book and a packet of instant hot chocolate + snacks.

Not only does this make everything I need easy to find, but I can just quickly grab it and take it with me when I’m staying at Chris’s.

Sheffield Futures Self Care Hoodie and Book

Take my makeup off

I don’t really wear much makeup these days, mostly because I’ve never been able to master anything more than the basics. I’ll usually just put a bit of foundation on (the No7 essentially Natural Foundation is my absolute favourite right now!), fill in my brows and add a coat or two of mascara.

Taking off my makeup is mentally symbolic for me- it’s a sign that I can relax and start to wind down for the night. As I’ve already mentioned, I have a huge problem with switching off from work mode; so I try not to do any work once my makeup is off. 

It’s not easy to do and I don’t always manage it, but it does help! 

Mini No7 Beautiful Skin Micellar Cleansing Water + Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Night Cream

I use the No7 Beautiful Skin Micellar Cleansing Water and it’s been great for my sensitive skin. Most makeup removers dry my skin out really badly, but this is really gentle and I’ve not had any problems with it whatsoever. I’m nearly three quarters of the way through my second bottle now and I’ll definitely be picking another one up when I’m next in Boots. 

Take some “me time”

This is the most important part of my nightly routine and can be just about anything depending on my mood. Some nights I’ll want to relax so I’ll curl up with a warm drink and read for a few hours…or most of the night knowing me. 

If for some reason I don’t feel like reading, I’ll usually substitute a book for binge watching something; either my favourite YouTubers or something on Netflix. Although I’ve learnt the hard way why I shouldn’t watching something like Criminal Minds too late in the evening; it can make for some very vivid nightmares!

Other nights I’ll want something a big more engaging, so I’ll go on the xbox. Some of my favourite games are The Sims (obviously!), Skyrim and Assassins Creed Origins; Skull and Bones looks amazing and I can’t wait for Spyro to come out- don’t expect much blog content in September as I’ll be too busy reliving my childhood!! 

Self Care Sunday Mug + How To Be Human by Ruby Wax Book

Turn my phone off

I mentioned this in my little ways to practice self care every day post, but turning your phone off and having a digital detox can be so refreshing! Not just that but I turn my phone completely onto silent mode at night rather than on vibrate, and I turn my internet off too. 

This stops me being woken up during the night by my screen lighting up or a loud sudden noise of a notification coming through. True its a problem if someone is trying to contact me in an emergency, but that’s why I’m glad we still have a landline which people would call if they couldn’t get me on my mobile. 

Not being woken up by my phone (and trying not to check it when I first wake up) allows me to get a good night sleep and wake up refreshed. I pretty much turn into The Hulk if I don’t get enough sleep, so I’m not exactly fun to be around when I forget to do this…

What is your evening self care routine? 

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39 responses to “My Evening Self Care Routine”

  1. Rachel says:

    I always try to end my day by reading and getting my outfit/ stuff sorted for the next day to make the mornings less of a hassle!

    Rachel | anotherstationanothermile.com

  2. Kayla says:

    These are great wind down tips! There is nothing like coming home from a long day, stripping and getting into cozy PJs that sets the mood to relax perfectly. A book is normally my go to because it makes me so sleepy at night. I loved this post! Thanks for sharing, Jade.

  3. Jade Marie says:

    Getting your clothes out for the next day is so helpful! 🙌🏼 I used to do this all the time when I was still at school as it made my life so much easier at 7am lol

  4. Jade Marie says:

    I wish books made me sleepy, it usually keeps me awake because I want to keep reading 🙊😂

  5. Love this post! It’s so important to practice self care whenever we have time for it and an evening winding down is definitely perfect for it. My evening routine is a lot like this I only have a hard time to completely avoid using my phone but when I do it I sleep so much better.

  6. Aldina El Halabi says:

    Self Care is so important, and I constantly have to remind myself to switch off and take some time for myself. Love the post and your routine. Pinned!

  7. Lala Kerry says:

    Spending time to do self-care is really special for me. It gives me enough time to focus more on myself and not worrying the outside world so much. Especially wearing your PJ comfortably without any makeup and just sitting at home happily. Really love your post <3

  8. Self care is so important! I love everything you highlighted

  9. jess says:

    I would love to turn my phone off for the evening, but I worry that something might happen to someone and they can’t get in touch with me. I can turn off my wifi and data on my phone though, so I get a much needed break from social media!
    Thanks for all the info!

  10. Self care is really so important. So often we forget to take care of ourselves.

  11. My nightly skin care routine is such a huge part of my self care routine. It always makes me end the day on such a positive note. <3

  12. Getting out of my uniform is the FIRST thing I do when I get home! It barely makes it through the door honestly 😂 I’m all about comfort when I’m at home so I love putting on something that I can actually breathe in. I also love taking my make-up off and being able to touch my face without smearing anything 😅

  13. melissa major says:

    Its nice to do these during the evening for sure. Noting better then pyjamas, turning off the phone and reading a book or watching my favourite series ( currently american horror story).

    Melissa 🐝 |

    Moonlight Mel

  14. Amy Weston says:

    I love getting into my PJs as soon as I get in. No better feeling haha. I also like to read before bed rather than be on my phone. A little bit of time away from the screen is definitely more relaxing. Thanks for sharing this 😊

  15. What a great way to relax after a long day!

    Veronica | https://styleandtellblog.wordpress.com/

  16. Jade Marie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only PJ lover! 🙊I don’t see the point in being uncomfortable when I don’t need to be 😂

  17. Imogen Chloe says:

    Changing into comfy clothes is THE first thing I do as soon as I get in and know I’m not going out again! Love this post x

  18. Jade Marie says:

    Ooo nice! ☺️ I’m not a horror fan but I do love a good crime documentary…that’s close enough right? 😅

  19. Jade Marie says:

    Haha I don’t blame you at all! 😂 comfort all the way 🙌🏼 and I usually use setting spray to stop it running down my face 😅

  20. Jade Marie says:

    That’s lovely! ☺️ for me skincare is more important in the morning, but it’s still nice to do some in an evening too 🖤

  21. Sadly my evening routine currently extends to putting on pjs and watching Love Island.

  22. Jade Marie says:

    I completely understand that worry, even with a landline I still get anxious myself. At least you can get a break from social media though ☺️

  23. Ellaine says:

    Great points elaborated in this post!! 🙂 I love how you gave importance on the little things. Will reflect on mine now

    -Ellaine, In Betweens

  24. Jade Marie says:

    Thanks lovely! 🖤 it’s so necessary to life, I swear it’s what keeps me sane 😂

  25. eviebraithwaite says:

    A good evening routine is so important for me, I love winding down and having a bit of me-time before going to bed. The first thing I also do is to get comfortable and stick my PJs on! However, I’m guilty of using my phone right before I go to bed, I’d definitely sleep better if I stopped doing this! Loved this post x

  26. Sophie says:

    I too turn my phone on silent and turn the wifi off when I go to bed or trying to wind down, I feel like not many people do that these days. I don’t have much else to a self care routine apart from pj and reading in bed before I go to sleep

    Sophie | http://www.sophiesspot.co.uk

  27. Bexa says:

    I’m exactly the same! Changing into comfy clothes and taking my makeup off is always the first thing I do. Taking off the bra after a long day is the BEST feeling he he. I like your idea of turning your phone off into silent mode to ensure a peaceful night sleep. Great post Jade <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  28. Jade Marie says:

    Seems like it’s a pretty universal thing looking at the comments 🙌🏼 why be uncomfortable when you don’t need to be!x

  29. Jade Marie says:

    Nothing sad about that if that’s what you enjoy ☺️

  30. Jade Marie says:

    Lots of little things add up to big things ☺️ I’ve always hated how some people say you have to do lots of big, impressive things to practice self care- no everyone has the time, energy or ability to!

  31. Jade Marie says:

    Thank you! ☺️ I’d recommend turning it off and putting it in your bag past a certain time, that way it’s not close by so less tempting to just quickly check social media ☺️ x

  32. Jade Marie says:

    People are so shocked when they find out I do that, so I think you’re right. I’m glad you do it too though! ☺️ and that still sounds like a good routine to me ☺️

  33. Jade Marie says:

    I look forward to taking my bra off more than anything else! haha and it works so well for me, I love my sleep so I don’t want it disturbed by notifications lol xx

  34. Nora says:

    Love this post, Jade! I always make sure to have some “me” time.

  35. bluebellstrees says:

    I try to keep to a routine but most nights I’m lucky if I get to closing the curtains before I go to bed haha! Great post Jade! 😀

  36. rachaelstray says:

    Big big fan of No7 skincare also included in my day and evening skincare routine. I also take my makeup off and change into comfy clothes usually pjs when I get home it makes a big difference. I also put my phone in do not disturb.

  37. Jade Marie says:

    No7 has definitely become a skincare staple for me! I’m glad you do all these things too ☺️

  38. Anonymous says:

    As soon as I’m in from work, it’s bra and make up off. Pjs on. Nothing better 😁

  39. Jade Marie says:

    There really isn’t anything better! 😁

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Thanks for stopping by! I’m a twenty-five-year-old digital media graduate with a passion for writing and a desire to change the way we view mental health and autism. I’ve owned jademarie.co.uk for nearly two years now, and its slowly changed from a place where I would brain dump whatever was going through my head that day, into a place where people can come for help, advice and hopefully a bit of a laugh. I do occasionally come out with a witty sentence or two. Mostly by accident.

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