5 Pre-Pillow Rituals to help you wind down tonight:
As a “mompreneur,” the lines between work and home often get blurry. Inspiration doesn’t always strike between 9-5, and I have to remind myself to turn off and relax at the end of a long day. I am a better mom and business owner for it. Not to mention better wife, dinner-maker, and general fire putter-outer! I have a few nightly rituals that help turn my brain off (no easy task) and get the R&R I need.
Cup of Tea:
My husband got me started on this one. It makes a sweet way to cap the night and a healthy alternative to dessert. I love a good loose leaf herbal tea. My favorite is a blend of Teavana’s Youthberry white tea mixed with their Wild Orange Blossom herbal tea. I drink both hot or cold while listening to my wind-down playlist.
Frou Frou – Let Go
The XX – Crystalised
Damien Rice – Delicate
Death Cab for Cutie – Passenger Seat
Postal Service – Sleeping In
Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
Regina Spektor – Fidelity
Iron & Wine – Boy with a Coin
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
The National – Lemonworld
Keep those low-key tunes playing while pulling out a journal. I recently read that Hemingway wrote 500 words a day, so it’s a fun goal and a great way for me to decompress. If 500 words feels like too much, start with five minutes.
A gratitude journal, or keeping a log of things you are grateful for, helps end the night on a high note and bring a bit of peace no matter how chaotic the day went.
Standard Wax makes the best soy-based candles that smell divine. Light up their citrus and black currant candle before hopping in the tub!
Before Bed Bathroom Routine:
Along with the usual teeth brushing and face washing, LISTERINE® NATURALS mouthwash leaves me feeling refreshed. Couple that with these homemade bath salts, and I’m ready to hit the hay.
DIY Bath Salts:
3/4 cup epsom salt
1/4 cup coarse sea salt
1 Tbsp baking soda
food coloring (optional)
Combine salts and baking soda.
Add 3-4 drops essential oil of your choosing and corresponding food coloring if desired.
Funnel into a glass jar (mason jars work great) and add a label.
Drop a few spoonfuls into a hot bath to enjoy!
Epsom salt helps to relieve sore muscles, baking soda softens bath water, and essential oils give off a refreshing scent.
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