Self-care doesn't have to be complicated, overwhelming or time-consuming, and can, instead, be all about the small ways that you tune in and take care of you.
The evening hours can be an amazing opportunity to practice self-care, and to end your day grounded and nourished.
Read on for tips to simplify your self-care evening routine!
Feel Good Evening Self-Care Ideas
1 | Check in: What do you need to feel good?
Evening is a great time to check in and get honest with yourself: what do you really need to feel good?
Maybe a glass of wine or a zoning out on Netflix is really what you need.
Or maybe turning everything off and talking with your partner or friend is what you need.
Try to spend a moment turn off autopilot and instead to tune in.
more resources: the secret to self-care in real life
2 | Create an Evening App Folder
Creating folders on your phone can be a great way to create boundaries for yourself when it comes to evening self-care as well.
Consider creating a folder on your phone for apps that contribute to feeling good and winding down: meditation, podcasts, spiritual inspiration.
Whatever it is, make a morning folder that you can open without getting distracted.
3 | Create a Phone Cut-Off Policy
If endless scrolling has you feeling distracted, burned out, or burned out, consider a phone cut-off policy.
Pick a time, say 8:00 or 9:00 pm, and then turn it off, plug it in, and walk away.
Quitting the nighttime scrolling habit can be hard at first, but it counts as some major self-care.
4 | 20-Minutes to Morning Success
I know, I know, the last thing you want to do after a long day is any more work.
But hear me out: taking 20 minutes to set up for the next day can make a huge difference, especially if mornings feel overwhelming and chaotic.
Set the timer on your phone and spend 20 minutes getting ready for the next day: lay out your outfit, pack your lunch, prep your breakfast.
Notice this 20-minutes is to get yourself ready, not necessarily anyone else. Consider the time a gift to your future self.
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5 | Gratitude List
Not into journaling?
Try making a simple list of 3 things you were grateful at the end of each day.
Keep it simple and specific: a moment, a memory, a feeling.
Jot down 3 things and then spend a moment to soak in the feeling. More on gratitude journaling, here.
more resources: the secret to practicing gratitude in real life
What does your simplified self-care morning routine look like? Share in the comments and tag @realfoodwholelife on Instagram so I can see your practice!