Whether you’ve had a long day, an awesome day, overall good or bad day it’s important to unwind, calm down and let your body know it’s time to sleep.
You don’t just go to sleep, you have to plan for sleep. A calming bedtime routine is essential for getting a good night’s sleep. The bedtime routine is more important than you think for two reasons:
- You can prevent many minor sleep and behaviour problems with a schedule of relaxing activities near bedtime.
- Keeping a consistent bedtime routine, even on weekends, keeps your internal clock in check and helps you fall asleep and wake up more easily.
10 Things To Do Every Night Before Bed
Take Care Of Your Body
- Brush your teeth after dinner
- Wash or have a warm bath
- Use lotion on your body
- Carry out your skin routine
Stop screen time 2 hours before bed
This includes mobile phones, tablets, computer screens and TV. Limit and monitor violent content at any time of day. This can affect sleep regardless of the time and length of use.
Reflect and visualise
Chunk out time to unplug, highlight what went right in your day, what went wrong, what was achieved, what didn’t go as planned and try to resolve it.
Write in your journal
Write down as many things you are grateful for, accomplishments no matter how small write, wind down and clear your mind from the sequence of activities.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, it is a powerful catalyst for happiness; it is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others. We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude; the ability of sanity, having loved ones around, the ability to eat, and the good and grace that the universe puts in our way.
Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency and you will attract much better things. Your gratitude can be in punchy lines or lengthy paragraphs depending on which is suitable for you and how your day rolls out to be.
Read before you sleep
What you consume before bed is very important it plays a long way in your subconscious that is why sometimes after watching your favourite movie you start having dreams of the characters and sometimes of yourself or after a conversation you begin to dream about it. Feed your mind with positivity.
The calmness of the mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom when meditation is mastered. Learn to slow down, get lost intentionally, stretching spiritually; it helps relieves stress and improves the quality of your sleep. By making meditation a routine, a consciousness develops and gradually you will reach a point of highest consciousness where your calm mind becomes the ultimate weapon against your challenges.
Craft out your to-do list
Envision your day and plan toward it by reviewing your calendar and outlining your important appointments. Identify your priorities for the day and bring them first.
Set the scene
- Dim the light
- Wear comfortable clothes
- Wrap your hair up
- Take off your make-up
- And Dream big while you sleep
REMEMBER: You may not be able to stick to these routines immediately or adopt these into your night routine but do not relent after one try or the other, keep pushing on until you get there. If you believe you can change – if you make it a habit – the change becomes real.
What does your ideal evening routine feel and look like? How can you make the most of this time and what helps you to unwind in the evening?
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