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You may have stumbled upon this post thinking about a bedtime routine for a child. But this is a bedtime routine that I actually follow as an adult. As many of my followers know, last year was a real challenge for me in so many ways. All of which led to my This Is Me: 2018 Resolution Theme .
Nonetheless, with it being a few months into the year I have been able to establish a regular bedtime routine for myself and has been successful in my ability to get a better nights rest.
Sleeping Deeper & Feeling Refreshed
On most days, before I can even get out of my car as I get home from work I am greeted in the garage by my two kids. Collecting my things from the car I ender the kitchen, greet the rest of my family and begin to cook dinner. Afterward, I leave the kitchen with dirty plates, pots, and pans and head upstairs to begin my bedtime routine. washes.
Shout out to all the men who wash dishes! Especially my husband!
In 2018, I decided to be more intentional about taking care of myself. I have found the routine below to work well for me. However, please read my Full Disclaimer because this post is not meant to cure or treat any conditions. And as always, my posts do not contain any affiliate links.
My Bedtime Routine
- Shower – Find a good body wash or soap that you really like. I have always been a fan of Philosophy Pure Grace. I find that taking a shower in the evening helps me to process the day. I almost feel like I am washing away any troubles and sending them right the drain.
- Stop Eating – Our family eats dinner around 6:00 pm and I make an effort not to eat anything afterward. Now I must admit I may have a treat or dessert after dinner every now and then but certainly not every day.
- Essential Oils – My diffuser has served me so well in my bedtime routine! I usually put a few drops of lavender and orange to help me ease into the evening. The scent helps me to further unwind and relax. I have a few favorites and if you are looking for a good one to get started check this out my VAVA Desktop Diffuser Product Review.
- Get Headspace – This step can also be called mindfulness meditation. Sitting down for about 10 minutes I meditate with the help of Headspace. In addition, if I find I am having trouble settling my mind I will also use their Goodnight and Sleep Sounds meditation singles. I am a full subscriber of Headspace and with all of what the app offers; for me, it has more than paid for itself. Also, if you are looking for another blog to follow the Headspace Blog may be right up your alley.
In the midst of all of these steps, children are going back and forth. I am often being bombarded with questions from them or helping my mother. But the good thing about this is I am progressively finding mindful moments that are just for me.
Recently, I have been seeing signs around with the infamous Dr. Seuss hat. Then realizing Dr. Seuss day is just around the corner I began to reminisce. Growing up I always loved looking at the pictures in Dr. Seuss books; and I would be ecstatic when one of the movies would come on TV. The wording in the books would be tricky but fun. And to this day, when I read his books to my kids I still stumble on the unique words sometimes.
The books are about nonsense…
However, a few years back a friend of mine mentioned that she hates Dr. Seuss books, refuses to read them to her children, and will not allow them to read them…EVER. She said this with such clarity and boldness that I knew she was serious. So I asked her why because they just seemed like fun books to me. She then replied with a list, rattling them off with her fingers one by one.
- He doesn’t use correct grammar.
- He uses made-up words.
- The books are about nonsense.
- The books lack storylines.
- The books don’t help the development of language skills.
As the conversation continued, I kind of tuned out and began to question my parenting skills. Am I being a bad parent for reading his books to my kids? Moreover, should I be concerned that I actually enjoy the books for myself every so often? I immediately felt guilty, worried, offended and slightly judged all at the same time. I was saying to myself, “what is the deal with Dr. Seuss?” Come to find out, many people have a grudge against his writing style – a mean a lot of people. Google it and you will see.
but it doesn’t really matter!
Well, it has been about six years since I had the encounter and I have to say… it doesn’t really matter. Both of my kids are school age now and doing just fine in the world of academia. What matters is that you read to your kids. Now that I think about it all the more… I wasted too many brain cells, back then, worrying about someone else’s opinion.
Special thanks to Tamarcus Brown for the photo.