A Winter Night Time Routine That Works For Everyone

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

When winter hits all I want to do is crawl into my cozy bed and read a good book. Night routine? Who is she? However, that’s not the best way to live your life. When winter comes it might be time to CHANGE your routines. Making tweaks to your routines is super normal when the seasons change. Creating a winter night routine that works for you will make the change to cold and dreary season much better!

I have tried so hard to “stay consistent” with my routines all throughout the year but the reality is, the time changes and the weather changes influence us so much. It’s unrealistic to keep the same routines. So, I wanted to share my winter night routine and how I transition to a new routine for a new season!

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Why I change my routines with the seasons

Personally, I find myself deeply affected by the weather. The sunshine makes me so freaking happy and motivated. The rain makes me want to sleep all day and eat all the food. As I’ve gotten older I find myself even becoming kind of sad during the winter time. Not quite SAD level but some sadness is there. Here is some information about SAD (seasonal affective disorder) for you to read up on if you feel like it!

I found that changing my morning and night routines with the seasons helps me stay more productive and motivated. I tried for a couple years to stay consistent all throughout the year but would always fall off the train. When I wasn’t able to wake up early enough during the winter or get to bed early enough during the summer.. I always felt bad about myself. It just made me feel like a failure because I couldn’t even keep up with a basic routine.

Only recently did I realize that it’s okay to change things up. A routine doesn’t have to be a long drawn out thing AND the routine is only helpful if you feel it’s helpful. That took some time to understand. I actually was watching a YouTuber who I LOVE (Angie Bellemare – go check her out) and saw that she changes her routines with the seasons and it just made so much sense to me. 

So, all to say – I change my routine with the seasons now because I find it helpful to do what my body feels capable of and what is good for my mental health. The weather influences me so I make changes as I need to!

Just like you change throughout the year, allow your schedule and routine to change too. Okay? Okay!

How I transition my routine 

Like any changes, I don’t totally switch my whole routine overnight. It’s a slower progression. It makes the whole change feel more natural!

It goes along with the weather and time changes. As the days get shorter and darker, I make changes.

Usually the first thing that changes is my bedtime. Even if I’m not actually sleeping I get into bed a little earlier. I find it hard to be productive when it’s dark so my bedtime gets earlier because my body and brain needs the rest.

Little side note: Nick (my husband) recently started a new job and has found that he needs more rest now. It’s funny how much other people affect your routines. So on top of the weather and time changing, sometimes you also need to deal with your spouse’s routine changing!

I also start changing my night time tasks. For example – during the summer time it’s light out much longer. Therefore, I feel safe and comfortable running errands after work or I’m able to do certain things after dinner like take photos for Instagram. However, in the winter, it gets dark so early so I feel less comfortable running errands after work and I can’t take my Instagram photos after dinner. SO, I change up my night time tasks. During the winter I spend more time doing things that don’t require sunlight (household chores, blog writing, working on my business, and so on).

My night time routine

I get off work at around 4:00pm. So on average I don’t get home until around 5:00pm (the darn commute 🙄) so there isn’t a ton of time before I start my evening. I’m sure many of you can relate to this! It’s tough rushing home and then getting right back into things, even more so if you have kids I’m sure!

I try my best to stick to this schedule but life happens so if you ever find yourself “messing up” your routine for a day or two, no worries! So, here’s the night time routine that USUALLY happens like so…

5:00pm – get home from work

When I get home I usually put all my things down, give my cat some hugs and kisses, and then get changed into my workout clothes right away. A little tip for people who struggle with getting their workouts in after work – the secret is to not sit down when you get home and change immediately. Don’t let your brain have a moment to get relaxed!

5:30pm – do a home workout

I love a good home workout and tend to use the free videos on YouTube! I wrote a whole post about how I created a consistent workout routine at home if you need some help.

6:00pm – dinner time 

Me and my husband tend to plan out dinners for the week. Dinner time can be a stressful time for people and it has been for me in the past. I find planning ahead helps so much and it’s easier to eat healthy!

We also do a weekly date night and we usually order in! Makes the week a bit more fun and takes away planning for at least one night a week.

7:00pm – tidy up the dinner mess/ household chores/ other to do’s

I find doing some simple household chores before going to bed helps soooo much in the overall cleanliness of the home. Taking 30 minutes to fold the laundry or put the dishes away makes a big difference. Lately I’ve been getting in the habit of emptying the sink each night. I realized that having dishes in the sink made me feel anxious in the morning and no one needs that!

I also use this time to work on any business stuff I have going on. I try to fit in a little bit everyday. This obviously can make my night a little longer if I have a lot to do but I try to keep it within the hour!

8:00pm – start winding down (watch a movie/ YouTube, get my last bit of phone time in, have a bath/shower)

I don’t have a super strict wind down routine, I mostly do whatever I’m feeling that day. Sometimes I want to watch a movie with Nick. Other times I want to just read a book quietly. Sometimes I spend this time scrolling TikTok. It doesn’t really matter. This time is just for me to relax and let my brain chill out from the day.

9:00pm – get ready for bed (skin care, brush teeth, etc.)

Nothing special here. I have a VERY basic skin care routine and all the usual before bed things! My favorite face cream is Lancome’s Absolue Soft Cream Revitalizing & Brightening Moisturizer. I also got some new toothbrushes that my dentist suggested. They are so soft and my absolute favorite.

Also, this is the time to get all cozy and put on your favorite pj’s! Sometimes when I remember (lol) I put on my slippers and get the cozy ambience going with a candle and some calming music. I always love Coffee Shop Ambience on YouTube! The best for cozy vibes.

9:30pm – in bed – reading time

At this point my phone is away. If I’m not tired I will read a book for a while. It doesn’t happen every night because some days I’m freaking tired haha but this is a good time to just be in bed and get cozy!

10:00 – sleep (or try to at least)

My insights for your own night time routine

Something I hope you realized about my routine is that it’s flexible but structured. I have structure in the sense of time blocks but what happens inside the time blocks is a bit more flexible. I don’t believe routines can be super strict or else you will give up after a period of time. 

In the end, all routines need to work for YOU! It doesn’t matter what works for me or any other person. You will find your own routines and schedules. If you find a past routine is not serving you anymore because of the seasons, time constraints, responsibilities, etc, just move on! 

I hope you found some good info in here and some motivation to create a night time routine that works for you!

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