How to Create a Nightly Self Care Routine To Avoid Stress.

Nightly Self Care Routine

How to Create a Nightly Self Care Routine To Avoid Stress.

This post is for moms, all moms who are stressed, tired, fatigued almost all the time. Some have found ways to deal with it and some are yet to reach that point. Some are struggling with their day to day hustle, while some are unable to cope up with the daily grind. Stay at home, working, working from home or any of them, moms have a lot to tackle throughout the day. Whether they get up as early as 4 am or they get up by 7 to 7.30, every mom sleeps as her babies fall asleep, it may give her minimal sleep at times but at the end of the day it is all worth it. Days go by and we all start to cope up with these unusual timings. By the time we are used to it, the kids grow and they have their own timetable. I feel as parents we never settle with one time. My day ends with half of the next day in its lap already. Some days before I used to struggle winding up and putting myself to sleep but no more. I was determined to make a change that is one part but the other part that helped me significantly is that I started my “Nightly Self Care Routine”. At first, people at home were astonished but slowly they understood that it is my process of winding up the day and to welcome the next one without being too stressed.

So here is the Nightly Self Care Routine for busy moms:

  • Mentally and physically switching off from any gadgets 30 mins prior to bedtime
    • We are so taken up by the social media updates that we often forget the time that we are checking out the phone. A lot has been said about the mobile radiation and its harmful effects but as I put my mobile on airplane mode, it gives me a lot of peace. This has helped me reduce a lot of stress. 30 mins before bed switching off all the gadgets is the first key to self-care.
  • A hot water bath or soaking your feet in Epsom salt
    • In a city like Chennai, where humidity is at its peak, a warm water bath is so soothing after a long day. If you don’t have time for that then soaking your feet in warm water having Epsom salt in it is the perfect solution for achy feet and calf muscles. This is an age-old remedy to reduce muscle spasms. You can also add some essential oil like lavender to the water to get the calming effect.
  • Rub your feet with a little bit of ghee.
    • Rubbing the feet with a bit of ghee is a time-tested method to relieve symptoms like fatigue and soreness of feet. Additionally, say bye to cracked heels with the goodness of ghee.
  • Switching to low lighting
    • Our bodies are tuned in such a way that as the sun sets, the body releases sleep hormones. As we are in the city and there are ample lights, the body gets tricked into feeling that it is still a day. Switching to low lighting before going to bed helps me a lot to slow down and wind up.
  • Reading
    • Reading a book ( not kindle) gives a calming effect. I usually read my favorite poems or stories to my kid.
  • Brain Dump
    • This is something I swear by. Throughout the day we carry many feelings. Some happy, some sad, some frustrating, you can actually dump all that in a journal or a paper. If you do not want to see it again, you can as well tear it off. Clearing your mind helps to rejuvenate
  • Slipping into comfortable clothing
    • Each one of us slips into comfortable clothing at the end of the day. But as a part of self-care, next time, buy ultra comfy, soothing cloths and remind yourself that you deserve every bit of that comfort.

The purpose of this self care routine is to reduce stress. All moms out there, please try and let me know if it works. Well, it does work for me 🙂






Snehal Joshi

Snehal is a Certified Nutrition Coach by National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is writing about her persuits of Nutrition Science since last 4 years.

  • Monika
    Posted at 21:19h, 06 June

    Gud tips . I will take care about low light and ghee on feet formula

    • admin
      Posted at 21:31h, 06 June

      Hey thank you Monika. Let me know if it helped

    • Harshada Waghmare
      Posted at 17:49h, 12 June

      I have been practicing the dim light funda for quite some time now..
      It really helps my son.get in bed soon.

      Wonderful tips Shree!!

  • Mahesh/Datta Joshi
    Posted at 23:08h, 06 June

    All the remedies are very effective, I had myself experienced it.. It do works

    • admin
      Posted at 10:46h, 07 June

      Thank you @Mahesh. It does work 🙂

  • Aritra Chakrabarty
    Posted at 11:39h, 10 June

    These are really great tips. I am going to start following them. Thanks for sharing 😊

    • admin
      Posted at 11:22h, 11 June

      Thank you Aritra.

  • richa mina
    Posted at 17:42h, 10 June

    great tips. would certainly try soaking feet in epsom salt and lukewarm water, rest tips I already follow and they work.

    • admin
      Posted at 11:22h, 11 June

      Yes They do!! Thank you for stopping by.

  • Archana Balaji
    Posted at 18:00h, 18 January

    Good one ! Applying ghee is something new. will implement. other tips, though known, we a kind of reminder and revision.