Essentials The Night Before A Busy Day

We've all had those nights, usually on a Sunday, where we feel that dreaded knot in our stomach. When we know tomorrow is going to be one of those days where you just want to run back to bed. The night before is the tough part, it's the 'what if' stage and 'why can't I sleep' moments that make us go crazy most right?

But it's nothing a little TLC can't fix...

To do lists are your best friend

Lists instantly put your thoughts at ease, everything on your mind can be scribbled down on a post-it note giving you the chance to unclutter your mind for a little while. Write down everything you plan to do that night and everything you need to remember before you run out the door the next morning!

Pick your outfit and pack your bag

This can save a lot of trouble in the morning and there will be a lot less to come home to later the next day - floordrobes, man I hate that shit. Pick something that you are going to feel super comfortable in, yet confident. Packing your bag also saves you a lot of time and you won't have to worry about stressing that you have forgotten something vital!

Light exercise

Doing some light exercise the evening before a big day can help relieve stress, release endorphins while keeping you busy. Yoga With Adriene on YouTube is an amazing channel that is perfect for nights like this. There are so many yoga sessions to choose from and it is a great way to get your exercise of the day but also stretch and relieve all the tensions in that bod! If you're not into yoga, a simple walk can be the perfect way to unwind too.


As you probably know, colouring books have been hitting every shop going and they're hard not to miss due to being splattered all across social media and blog posts - oh hi! I can't complain though as they are a perfect way to escape and they're so therapeutic. I really need to get back into mine, but one thing I have come to realise is, I cannot colour very well at all...

Herbal tea

Herbal tea is the one. Honestly, if you haven't tried Clipper's Sleep Easy tea then you are missing out. What's great is that their bags are unbleached, totally organic and caffeine free. Oh, and the tea is seriously delicious, with a blend of cinnamon (yum), chamomile, valerian and natural orange flavouring. It's probably my favourite tea at the moment and you really do feel ready for bed straight after. It's the perfect way to have a little inside hug just after you've climbed in your PJs.

A light meal

Don't go heavy and mad with dominoes before a busy day. I get you stressed = pizza - always, but just try to resist the urge! Feeling bloated and going to bed struggling to sleep is not the best idea before a busy day - even if it seems that at the time! A pasta salad, jacket potato, eggs or something packed with veggies is always a must - get yo vitamins in ya.

Take a bath

Indulge with a hot, bubbly, lush filled bath to relax those tense muscles and maybe have a nap - because everyone loves a nap. I was recently given Lush's Frozen bath bomb (featured in the top photo - isn't it adorbs?). I won this magical bomb on Jayd's giveaway (make sure to check out her blog Always Alice, I love love it!) and you can read all about it in my previous post here; spoiler - you look like a sparkling princess. What I'm trying to say is, treating yourself to a lovely soak with candles to accompany you should make you more than happy to jump into your marshmallow bed - if your bed doesn't feel like marshmallows, sort that out pronto.

Speak to someone

A quick phone call to your go-to person can be all you need to make all your worries disappear. Talking to someone and getting all your thoughts off your chest will get you more than ready for hitting the hay.

Marshmallow time and no distractions

Bed. Oh bed. Yep, it's an obvious one - much like the others really. Getting into bed at a good time, with your alarm all set, with no distractions (we're talking Instagram) is essential for making sure you are good to go the next morning. Your bags packed, outfits sorted and you are feeling just wonderful - you can do this.

What are your essentials?

Hannah x


  1. I always like to be prepared with my bags packed outfit put out ready - even down to the socks and underwear haha. At least that's one less thing to worry about in the morning! A hot shower to relax is also a must for me :) xx

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  2. great tips, I really need to take note! xx

  3. Tea, yoga and colouring are all things I love so much! They really can make you feel much more relaxed and happy. Thank you for this list, sometimes it's easy to get lost in stress and forget the things that can make us able to breathe again! xo

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  4. i panic if i don't have my bag packed the day before haha, great post!

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  5. Love these tips! I always make sure my bag is packed before everything else!

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  6. I love this dear!

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  7. So much great advice! Loving your blog <3

  8. This is such a lovely post with some great ideas. Lovely photos too ;)
    Love your blog so much and will definitely continue reading it x

  9. I love the colouring books that are around these days - so calming!

    Lucy |

  10. Great post, has come right at the right time! I agree a bit of yoga is great for relaxing, I'm a fan of Adrienne's videos too! Never thought about colouring, quite like the idea actually, I usually read before bed.

    Josie //

  11. Some lovely tips - I always find colouring helps to de-stress my mind :) xo

    Emily |

  12. Great post! I am really bad at preparing myself the night before, especially with outfits because I am such a procrastinator, lol.

  13. Great tips! I love doing yoga with adrienne she is such a great instructor!

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  14. Some great tips here. The biggest one for me is picking my outfit out and packing my bag the night before. If I don't do that I end up feeling like a hot mess in the morning.

  15. If I don't plan my outfit the night before, I literally have a meltdown in the morning! Herbal tea is my go to before bed too, such great tips, Hannah! x

    Martha Jane |

  16. I'm definitely feeling the stress of looking for a job, finishing up my internship, and my health insurance changing, so this will definitely help. I think a phone call to a good friend will be in order tonight. Thanks for your suggestions!

  17. I need to start picking out an outfit and packing my bag the night before because in the mornings I'm always in a rush and that initial rush around and anxiety over being late sets the mood for the day, which isn't good! Great tips :)
    Caked To The Nines

  18. Packing my bags the night before is always a must for me and a pet peeve when someone else doesn't do it too haha! I do like reading before heading to bed for a more peaceful mind before sleeping.

    Joyce | Joycentricity

  19. Love this. Preparing is the key to success ;)
    These coloring books look super lovely - really need to get my hands on 'em in the near future!

    Love, kerstin

  20. great tips :)


  21. I'm pretty much the same! For exercise I always watch blogilates <3 Great share!

    Hannie Arden,

  22. I love this. I think I'll be trying that sleep easy tea.

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  23. This post did make me giggle a good few times, "if your bed doesn't feel like marshmallows, sort that out pronto" ahah, such a lovely, relaxed post & you've really mentioned some great tips! I'll definitely be checking out that Clipper sleep easy tea as I love their green tea and what's better than a tasty tea that helps you sleep!! I'm definitely feeling a huge bubble bath with scented candles now! Great post :-)

    Xo Gemma

  24. Love these tips! Definitely things I would be doing as well. Thanks for sharing x

    Lina /

  25. Great post and great tips! Definitely will be remembering these as I have a few big days coming up soon x

  26. Love your tips!! Great post dear!!
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  27. what a great post! a must mention how i love the first photo! :) lovely color!
    tho yeah, agreed, preparing on Sunday is something really essential, and i practically have proofed to myself that organizing things for the upcoming week is really a life saver!
    i also would throw in some meditation to this list! tho all you listed is just great :) !
    i have also shared some post on the blog about the morning routine, preparation. You might find something in here as well:

    thanks so much for sharing this! real inspiration indeed!
    Vaida @

  28. Love this, I am working on a similar post at the moment and there is nothing better than a relaxing evening. Mine always consist of a hot chocolate/tea, a bath and of course something easy to read to get my away from my screen (which is always so difficult!) Lovely blog and post the sleep easy tea sounds fabulous! Hope I can easily find it around here! xx

  29. Love this post! I usually do everything on this list except for packing a bag the night before, I can only imagine how much time it saves in the morning... Will try on Sunday and give it a go! Happy Friday!


  30. fabulous post, going to buy a colouring book next. xx

  31. I need a colour book in my life!! Also, a hot bubble bath is the perfect relaxation activity :) x

    Hannah x hannatalks

  32. A relaxing bath with Lush bath bomb is always my favourite way to unwind.

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  33. Ah this is such a great and helpful post! Having a relaxing bath before a busy day is great, especially with the help of Lush - I love the Frozen bath bomb. To do lists, packing my bag and planning my outfit are definitely my go-tos and I've been really getting into peppermint tea recently as it's so soothing before bed :) x
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  34. This is such a helpful, and lovely post! :) x

    Jade x |

  35. 100% YES. Since today is Sunday, this has been my mindset all day: "Work tomorrow? REALLY???" But this post came at a perfect time! I'm definitely going to do these things tonight, and hopefully it sets me up for a nice, positive week ahead!

  36. This is such a great post! Well, I'm retired now, but when I was driving school bus', & had to get up as early as 4am, & me not being a morning person! I had the coffee ready, but I can't tell you the number of times I went into work eith, mismatched socks on! Of my shirt inside out! Great post!

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  38. I have never tried yoga with Adriene but I totally will now! I love the coloring book idea too! I recently got some coloring books and find them very therapeutic! Excellent post! So glad I found your blog! It is really inspirational! :)

  39. I'm with you on all of these, especially to do lists and planning your outfit the night before. I can make a to do list in my head a hundred times, but it always seems clearer and more manageable when I write it out.

    I really like to get some reading in, that always relaxes me.


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