We’ve talked before about creating a morning routine that helps you be more productive throughout the day. Well, the best morning routine begins the night before. So if you want to start your mornings refreshed and ready to go, you need to end the day in the best way possible. And a great way to do that is through an evening routine.
It’s important to remember that everyone is different and values different things, so there’s no perfect, one-size-fits-all approach to a nighttime routine. In this post, I’ll share a glimpse of my evening routine and some tips for what to include in yours.
1. Set boundaries
The first part of a successful evening routine is setting a bedtime. You might think that bedtimes are only for children, but they’re important for adults, too. That’s because the time you go to bed is crucial for ensuring you’re getting quality sleep each night, which will improve your sleep and well-being overall.
Once you’ve decided on a bedtime, you can set a time when you want to be done with any home or work projects for the day so you can start your evening routine. I recommend setting this boundary at least one hour before bedtime so you can turn your screens off in time for a restful night’s sleep.
2. Create a to-do list for tomorrow
If you have a hard time shutting down your brain at night (like I do), write out the top three to five things you want to accomplish tomorrow. Then, don’t think about them again until the morning. If I don’t write down what I have to do tomorrow, I tend to just keep thinking of new things to do when I should be sleeping.
3. Tackle something you don’t want to do in the morning
When you wake up in the morning, is there anything that immediately frustrates you? It could be something like dishes in the sink, making lunch for work, or picking out your outfit for the day. Whatever it is you dread in the morning, just do it the night before instead. Sure, it might not sound relaxing, but it’ll help you be a happier person in the morning.
4. Turn off any screens
Technology can negatively affect your sleep because blue lights tend to keep our minds engaged. So turn off your bright screens (like your phone, computer, or TV) at least one hour before bedtime. That will help you wind down more naturally and sleep better.
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5. Pamper yourself
You should enjoy your nighttime routine, and a great way to do that is by spending some time pampering yourself. You might pamper yourself through a beauty routine, which is not only relaxing but can help you “wash away” the stress of the day. You might take a shower, wash your face, or use great smelling scrubs to help you transition from a stressful day into a peaceful night.
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6. Perform a relaxing activity
There are many things you might find relaxing, like meditation, prayer, yoga, or reading. The key is to pick an activity that you enjoy and won’t interrupt your sleep. It will help prepare your body for a restful night’s sleep.
Just as a note, if you choose to read, I recommend some light fiction, so you don’t have to think too hard right before bed. And if you decide to pray or practice gratitude, remember to keep your thoughts positive, so you’re not worried about the day ahead.
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