The weather has taken a cold and rainy turn, but that was to be expected for fall season. However, October season is the best time to really practice getting into a great fall night routine that will have you falling asleep in no time; that pun or cringey joke was intended, but I do understand that it wasn’t that great.
The chilly days are going to have us enjoying staying at home in the heat or by a fire, but there’s no stopping there. Here is my October nightly rituals to make sure that both self- care and productivity is at a beautiful and healthy balance.
Ditch the casual clothes
As soon as I arrive home from work, it’s straight to the bathroom to wash my face. After a hard day’s work, it’s refreshing to lather up and scrub your face from the stresses of work or for a lot of students, the stresses of study. Then it’s into some cosy pyjamas and fluffy socks that cushion my body. They are so soft on my aching muscles. Pyjamas are a gift and one can never decrease their value in people’s lives; my partner loves when come in and declare “Okay, it’s jammies time”, I’m a child like that.
Light it up
It’s a common ritual in my house to blast the heater during the coldest times of the year; you would be surprised at how heat can make a room feel cosy and homely. Next is the lighting of the many candles in my possession. You would also be surprised how candles and their small warm light can add an extra dash of cosiness to a room and minor heat generation and they use zero electricity which is an added bonus. Fairy-lights are switched on to life to bring those spooky vibes as glow-up pumpkins and skeletons illuminate different parts of the room.
Turn that kettle on!
It is always optional, but in my house, the kettle always gets flicked on during the pyjama and candle-lighting process, the steam and bubbling remind me of a witch’s cauldron bubbling when the potion inside is almost ready. Pick your poison; tea, coffee or a hot chocolate, but it’s always a cup of tea for me. You wouldn’t believe how relaxing it is to have your comfy pjs on, candles on, TV playing some Halloween playlist in the background and a mug of tea at your fingertips. It is heaven and it is something that everyone needs on a daily basis after the work is done and the study is over for the night.
Work from your lap
If you’re anything like me in regard to working from your lap on the couch then listen closely.
Everyone needs time to settle and switch off their brains; what I do is give an hour and a half to work stuff or writing articles and then for the rest of the evening I can do whatever I please. Having a balance is healthy and as a Libra, it is only right that I keep my scales balanced because when one side is heavier the stress begins. I have also allocated myself a bedtime of eleven o clock, no later so that way I have time to get my work done as well as relax. Simple! Then the z’s start rolling in.