I remember when I was at secondary school, after my ten minute walk from the bus stop to my house at the end of the day I’d be bursting for the toilet. I’d be absolutely fine for the whole walk, but the minute I got through the front door, I’d immediately be bursting. It must have been a comfort thing!
Nowadays, I don’t always feel the instant urge to empty my bladder – unless perhaps I’ve been stuck in traffic for ages – but I do seem to have a bit of a routine when I get home from work. It’s not like I do things in a certain order, or at a set time, but I do go through a particular set of tasks.
One of the first things I do when I get through the front door is take off my bra. Oh sweet Lord, is there a better feeling than taking off your bra at the end of a long day? I’ve been known to take it off in the car before I even get home too (subtly under my clothes of course). It’s just the best feeling. No more underwire digging into your ribcage or elastic cutting into your shoulder. Bliss.
I normally have my hair down in the day but when I get home, my hair goes up, the make-up comes off and my face gets washed. It just feels nice to get rid of the dirt from the day (and pollution probably if you live in a city). Sometimes I’ll have a shower too – and I might even get into my pyjamas! At this time of the year I’ll stick on some thick socks and slippers so my feet are all warm and snuggly.
If I’m feeling a bit peckish I’ll have a snack while I’m waiting for Rob to come home. By the time he gets home from work, showers and we cook dinner, I could have been home for two or three hours. I normally have a big tub of dairy-free yoghurt in the fridge and I’ll have a few spoonfuls of that – and maybe a cup of decaf or herbal tea – to keep me going!
And then presuming I’m having a quiet evening in I’ll try to keep the lighting in the front room quite low. Not only is it more relaxing, but I always think having a big bright light on might disrupt my natural body clock. I want to be able to unwind and feel tired so that when I go to bed I can actually sleep. So I’ve been putting on lamps, fairy lights and candles to keep the light low.
Then depending on how tired or productive I feel I might either try to catch up on emails and do a bit on my blog or do some freelance work; or I might do something a bit more relaxing, like read a book, do some knitting or watch some TV programmes on catch up – something like Gogglebox or First Dates that’s easy watching!
Does anyone else have a set routine of things that they do the second they walk through the door?