I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been one of those “lights out” kind of people.  I often take quite a while to fall asleep, and so I’ve found that it’s very important for me to set aside time to wind down.  Sleep is important, people! I actually still have severe headaches this week (help!) and my sleep has been TERRIBLE, so it is especially important for me to take these steps!  Of course taking a bath is very relaxing, but sometimes that’s more of a process than we’ve got time for.  These 5 steps are quick and effective.

1.  Make your bed.

Make your bed before you get in it? Huh?!

I am embarrassed to say that half the time my bed serves as a storage place for all of my misc. STUFF.  Clothes, bags, receipts (I don’t carry a purse so mostly this is what results of me emptying my pockets), all of the in-and-out I do on a daily basis develops quite the mess on my bed.  It totally helps me unwind when my bed is cleared off and then made – I almost look at it like “Oh yes, I can’t wait to ruffle you up”.

2.  Light a candle.

I know, I know, this is somewhat obvious.  Something about the dim light and the scent of a candle gives off the MOST relaxing vibe.  This is the perfect followup to your just-made-bed.  Target has some great candles, or for a more luxurious vibe – Voluspa has become a favorite of mine! Their candles and diffusers are fantastic.  You can find them at Bloomingdale’s or Anthropologie.

3.   Have some herbal tea.

Tea is another thing that just has one of those miraculous calming vibes to it.  Be sure to go caffeine-free – my favorite teas are from Tea Forte (their skin-smart line is the ISH), or a Twinings mint or peppermint tea.  Mmm, mmm.

(from Tea Forte’s site)

P.S., How cool do these teas look?  Worth drinking just for that.

4.  OR, have a glass of red wine.

Tea or wine, tea or wine.  Just depends on the night, my friends.

This totallllly relaxes me and gets me in sleepy-time cozy mode.  7 Deadly Zins is a fantastic and smooth red wine that my mom used to always drink (like mother, like daughter!) – just be sure to limit to 2 glasses to avoid disruptive sleep or any sign of a hangover the next day.

5.  Stay OFF the electronics.

This is something I have recently enforced with myself.  Put the phone down welllll before you’re actually ready for sleep.  These are usually my thoughts..

“Wow, it’s been 5 minutes and I’m not sleeping yet.  Guess I will watch YouTube tutorials and scroll through Instagram..”

Umm, no.  All that does is bother my eyes and keep me up even longer.  Bottom line – IT CAN WAIT.  I really don’t want to be one of these slaves to social media anymore.  It’s time to dial it down and simplify :)

Hope you can apply these tips and have a relaxing evening! Unless of course you’re out going crazy for St. Patrick’s Day, and if that’s the case, you’re on your own ;)