Before you go to sleep each night, what do you spend your time doing? Do you mindlessly scroll social media or binge-watch your favorite shows until you doze off? The true question is, are you making the most of your evenings and how are your current habits setting you up to conquer all of your tasks and goals the next day? You’ve all heard me say time and time again, preparation is key. Because when you’re always ready, you don’t ever have to get ready. What you spend your time doing before you go to bed for the night can make all the difference in how successful you are the next day. Keep reading to learn about 6 positive nighttime habits to try today.
Why Having a Nighttime routine is important
It’s so important not to get so consumed by the day-to-day demands in your life that you forget to pour back into yourself before you check out for the evening. Believe it or not, but having a nighttime routine is just as, if not more, important than having a morning routine! Having a nighttime routine has several benefits including better sleep, reduced stress, increased relaxation. Even if it is just 30 minutes a night, something is better than nothing and it will surely make your life easier and set you up for success.
6 Positive Nighttime Habits to Try Today
Take some of the stress out of the next day by preparing ahead. Set your goals and intentions for the next day and eliminate as many decisions as you can. Plan out your schedule, pick out your clothes, prepare your meals or decide what you’re cooking, pack your bags, and whatever else you need to do to get ready to be great the next day.
Next, give yourself time to reflect on your day. I highly suggest giving journaling a try. Write about how your day went, what challenges you faced, an important lesson you learned, or just write about what’s currently on your mind.
Here are some super cute journals to check out.
It’s so important to practice gratitude each day. Take a moment to do so by celebrating your wins of the day. Who and what are you grateful for and why?
Use your evenings to connect with yourself and the ones you love. Connect with yourself by meditating and trying affirmations. Make time for your loved ones by enjoying a cup of tea together before bed, listening to music, speaking about how your days went, or reading a book together.
Who doesn’t love to wind down after a long day. Use your nighttime routine to slow down and relax by stretching, taking a bubble bath, or reading a book. What are some of your other favorite self-care activities? Do them!
At least 20 minutes before you go to bed, get in the habit of putting your phones down, and turning off your television. Doing so is said to help with improved sleep by giving your body and brain time to slow down without being distracted.
Are you ready to jumpstart your new and improved nighttime routine? Give these a try and see how much better you feel! Trust me, you won’t regret it.