One major bad habit that I’ve picked up recently (because of the change in my work schedule over christmas), was that I hadn’t been doing my night routine. Instead I’ve mostly just been collapsing on top of my bed, fully dressed, wrapped in a blanket.
And I know this isn’t good for me, but I keep telling myself that I’m just too tired to bother with a night routine that takes about half an hour.
Now maybe I should just try to get my routine done in less time, but then I have to move faster, which gives me more energy and wakes me up. So, again, I’ve just been telling myself that I shouldn’t bother.
But now that I’m back to doing my old, shorter shifts at work I feel that I should be rebuilding that habit that I initially only started due to my OCD.
My OCD tells me that I need to be clean enough to get into my bed, which is why I’ve been too lazy to get ready for bed most nights.
So, every night I have to:
- wash hands, brush teeth, wash hands
- change out of day clothes, put on clean underwear
- go back to the bathroom, wash hands again
- wash hair, wash hands, tie up hair
- wash arms/armpits
- wash face, neck, ears
- open door, turn off light, wash hands
- back to my room to moisturise and put on pj’s
- and finally into bed and sleep
So that does take me a bit of time. And it may well be true that I’d be done a lot faster if I just have a shower instead of faffing about washing a third of my body, but in my head I tell myself that it won’t.
In any case, the main point is that I just need to get back into a routine that will allow me to get into bed properly to allow for a better night sleep. Therefore I am going to encourage myself to ignore that last bit of tiredness and just do the routine anyway. I might even be smart about things and start getting ready for bed earlier. That would be a novelty in itself.
I guess we just have to see how it goes.
Until next time…
Love Bobbi. Xx.