I bloomin’ love autumn and winter. It’s my favourite time of year by far and I think that’s because I just love being cosy and snug. I love lighting a candle, switching all the fairy lights on and being in my PJs the moment work ends at 5pm.
I thought I’d share with you my evening routine at this time of year, it’s all about self-care (especially as we’re currently in Covid lockdown 2.0 here in the UK) and I’m trying to look after myself better as I find it really helps keep me less-stressed as I go through the week.
5pm Switching Off
I start by sticking to a rigid work routine and switching off at 5pm. Since working from home due to Covid, it’s been harder to draw that line between work and home life but I think after 6/7 months now I’ve finally nailed it. I get everything I can get done finished up before 5pm so I can log off on the dot and begin unwinding for the evening.
5:30pm Dedicated Me-Time
Once my work laptop has been stashed away for the night, I’ll take some time to myself for maybe 20/30 minutes before the evening begins. Usually that will just involve lying down on the bed with the lights dimmed whilst I scroll through TikTok or Instagram and catch up on what’s happened during the day. I just let mind drift and I try to let the stresses of the day go with some mindless scrolling.
6pm Bath & Skincare
I LOVE baths – I have at least one bath a day and this time of year they’re even better cos it’s dark outside, sometimes it’s raining and being inside in a hot bubble bath is just *chefs kiss*.
I’ll take a hot bath and do my skincare around 6/6:30pm. I like to get this out of the way around this time so I can put on my PJs and relax for the evening. I hardly ever wear makeup during the day now I work from home so my skincare routine is nice and easy with just a cleansing wash & a toner afterwards.
7pm Time To Eat
Around 7/7:30pm we’ll get dinner started. We’ll take it in turns to cook in our house and some of our favourite recipes are good old classics such as spaghetti bolognese, creamy garlic chicken, homemade Nandos and turkey burgers. We make an effort to always have dinner together each evening and usually we’ll watch something like Catfish or an episode of a boxset whilst we’re eating.
10pm Unwinding For Bed
After we’ve watched some telly for a couple of hours I’ll start unwinding for bed. This usually means no screen time for a while and reading a book. I’ll get into bed and at the moment I’m currently reading ‘The Book of Hope’ by Eileen Campbell – it’s insanely appropriate to read at the moment with all that’s going on in the world and I’m so glad I picked it up from TK Maxx months ago now.
Well that’s it, my little autumn evening routine. As someone who suffers with anxiety I find the importance of a routine (even if it’s a kinda loose one) so helpful with structure and it makes it a lot easier to dedicate time to yourself when you’re actually planning it into your evening.
Do you have an evening routine during the autumn/winter? I’d love to hear about it!