A 5 Minute Wind Down Routine For Hectic Days

Elizabeth Bennett

After a long day, there’s no better feeling than crawling into bed. However, in a cruel twist of fate, it’s often at the end of the most frantic days that we struggle to switch off. A pre-bedtime wind down routine can really help but while an evening of bathing, reading and sipping chamomile tea is nice in theory, when you’re a busy gal, you need a faster fix.

For a speedy and effective wind down routine, start with skincare. WaterWipes Facial Wipes are the zero faff, time-saving replacement to a multi-step routine – without compromising on goodness for your skin. With makeup and grime removed in seconds, you can make the most of those precious five minutes before your head hits the pillow. Read on for fail-safe wind down routine for hectic days.

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Cleanse With WaterWipes Facial Wipes

Not only is it important to remove the daily grime (sleeping with pollution, SPF or makeup on your face is a fast track to blocked pores and pesky spots), the ritual of removal itself is relaxing.

WaterWipes Facial Wipes use just three ingredients – they’re 99% water with a drop of fruit extract and dead sea minerals – to remove any impurities plus stubborn makeup and mascara, leaving skin feeling clean, hydrated and fresh. Plus, unlike other wipes that may dry or sting the skin, the gentle and nourishing formula is suitable for all skin types, including those with sensitivities.

Simply sweep over the face using upward motions, cleansing your face and calming the mind in one.

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Put Your Phone On Airplane Mode

As anyone who’s found themselves down the rabbit hole of Instagram at 1am can testify, your smartphone can easily eat into precious sleeping time. Beyond that, using a blue light emitting device (whether that’s a phone, laptop or tablet) late at night is a recipe for disaster for both sleep quality and quantity.

Blue light inhibits the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates your sleep cycle and is responsible for sending you off into a blissful slumber. Instead, your brain feels awake and alert - not ideal.

Putting your phone to bed before you go to bed (i.e. off or on airplane mode) can make a big difference. Even better, consider charging it another room and using an old-fashioned alarm clock to remove any additional temptation.

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Write A To-Do List

There’s nothing worse than trying to get to sleep while running through what feels like an endless to-do list for the next day. Putting pen to paper pre-bedtime can be a great addition to any wind down routine and the ideal antidote to that feeling of too many tabs cluttering your brain.

Whether it’s work related tasks, a list of life admin or just a few notes of things to remember like ‘lunch in the fridge’ or ‘send that birthday message’, mentally offloading thoughts about the next day will help clear the mind.

There’s no need to write an essay, scribbling down the most pressing things on your mind can take less than a minute.

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Maximise Your Moisturise

Get more out of your wind down time by making your beauty routine a little bit mindful.

While applying your favourite night time moisturiser, don’t simply slap it on and hope for the best but spend a minute or so massaging it in.

Try using the three central fingers on both hands and start at the chin moving upwards and outwards across your face. This centuries-old technique helps drain toxins from your face and leaves skin looking plump and glowing. By default it will also help relax your facial muscles and release any built up tension.

Considering many of us hold a lot of stress in our jaw (probably thanks to craning your neck over yet another eye roll-inducing email), it’s an ideal pre bed ritual to feel more relaxed.

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Breathe Yourself Calm

While we’d all appreciate the time (or patience) to meditate for half an hour before bed, sometimes you need a quick fix for feeling relaxed.

Enter: the 4-7-8 breath, an ancient breathing pattern that involves inhaling, holding and exhaling while counting silently in your head. It brings the body out of that dreaded fight or flight state (read: anxious and stressed), calms a frazzled mind and sends you to sleep.

It’s actually very simple: breathe in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 7, breathe out for a count of 8 and repeat the cycle 5 times. Try it sitting up in bed with a low light or once you’re tucked up and lying down.

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