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Lindsay Champion, PureWow’s food and wellness director (and published YA author), knows a thing or two about self-care. Case in point: She wrote a book and planned a wedding all while never skipping a beat in the office. Needless to say, when Lindsay let us pick her brain for tips on how to create a calming nightly routine, we were more than enthused. Read her tips below and get ready to feel the Zen.

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Do Something That Relaxes You

“My night doesn’t feel complete until I’ve read a few pages of a book (my current read: Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton—so good) and sipped a cup of tea. I used to swear by peppermint, but I’ve been getting really into lemon balm tea recently, because it’s been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and promote sleep. If I had time to take a hot bath every night, I would, but a calming cup of hot tea is the next best thing.”

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Take Inspiration From Others

“When I was staying at a hotel a few months ago, there was a little roller ball of lavender oil along with the travel-size shampoo and soap, and I became obsessed with it. I had such a calming few nights of sleep after using it, so I stashed it in my suitcase and brought it home. It’s run out several times, so I unscrew the cap and refill it with more essential oil. Every night, I roll it onto my pillowcase and my pulse points.”

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Find an Alternative to TV

“I love listening to podcasts as I’m brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed. Nothing too heavy (sorry, Serial and My Favorite Murder, I still love you), but the upbeat interviews on Fresh Air and Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend always do the trick. I usually set my iPhone’s sleep timer to turn the podcast off after 30 minutes, but I almost never make it all the way through a half hour.”

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