8 Things To Do On Your Night Routine For Better Tomorrow
Updated on August 10, 2020 by Amber & The Team
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Routines, whether we like them or not, are important. If you take a minute to notice, everything around follows daily, seasonal and yearly routines. Flowers wait for spring to pop out of the earth, birds store the seeds for winter (“winter is coming, guys, let’s stock up!!), and trees are endlessly following a cycle of lushness and rest. Life is pretty simple in these terms, isn’t it? But we, humans, the smartest creatures on the Earth, are capable of complicating the easiest things – we simply have too many choices!
Modern life has impaired our ability to feel the natural rhythm within. It’s becoming harder and harder to focus and carry out a natural routine – not just seasonally, but also nightly. Instead of preparing ourselves for rest, we usually do the opposite (“must.use.phone.”). This can interfere with your eating, sleeping, and many more habits that are important to your health.
This is where having a night routine can be one of the best healthy habits you can imagine. Most importantly, it is a straight way to have a good night’s sleep. Sound sleep is a sign of being healthy and is necessary to maintain your wellness. Being healthy, happy, energetic, intelligent, building muscular tissues, and having a healthy mental state – all of these processes depend on quality sleep. Having a good night routine can ensure you get enough of it!
But that’s not all – a quality night routine can also set you up for success the next day. Today, I’m listing my favorite things that you can include in your night routine to rest well, and perform great tomorrow.
8 Things To Do On Your Night Routine For Better Tomorrow
1. Conclude and complete your tasks for the day
What has a beginning, also has an end. As the day gradually draws to night, you should start rounding off your daily activities.
Start by disconnecting from your work (if you can avoid overtime, that is). Finish small tasks and if there’s something you can’t finish today, that’s okay – you can complete it tomorrow.
This will allow you to get home earlier and start your night routine on time.
2. Put away your electronic gadgets
If you’re used to socialising on social media or checking your emails, you should make it a habit to put it all down before your night routine. Electronic devices emit blue light, which makes it a lot harder for you to fall asleep.
Preferably, you should put down your smartphone even before you begin your night routine. Can’t manage to do it? At least put it down 30 minutes before sleep.
3. Create a perfect sleep environment
The most important thing you can do on your night routine is to set a comfortable sleeping environment. You can:
- Make your bed.
- Ensure that your bedsheets are clean and smell nice.
- Dim the light.
- Tidy the room.
- Ensure that your room is well ventilated.
- Check the temperature (it should be not too cold and not too hot).
Setting a nice environment around you will help you to calm down during your night routine.
4. Clear out your mind
On your night routine, it’s important to prepare your mind for sleep too. A straightforward way to condition your mind for rest is to clear it from all the problems and thoughts of the day.
- Meditate and reflect on your daily activities.
- Write in a journal.
- Record your wins and losses.
- Map out the ways you intend to recover from those losses.
- Take a deep breath and reassure yourself that you will be okay.
Before you go to bed, ensure that you are happy, or at least content. Build positive energy within you with an optimistic outlook for the next day. Try to be at peace with yourself, the people around you, and your household. Meditation helps a lot with this!
5. Plan for tomorrow
Another beautiful thing to do on your night routine is to create a quick plan for your next day. By doing this, you’re getting ready for tomorrow’s tasks and whatever comes with them.
Planning will give you confidence that tomorrow will not be overwhelming and that you whill know what and when you need to do. You will feel confident to say, “Hey, I’ve got this” because you’ll be prepared, as much as it’s possible.
Reading is a perfect, calming activity for your night routine that can ease stress-related anxiety and nervousness.
Reading enhances memory and the brain’s capacity to concentrate, but most importantly, it helps your mind to relax and disconnect before you dive into sleep. Have you ever wondered why you often feel so sleepy whenever you pick up a book to read? That’s because reading gives you that perfect relaxation and induces sleepy mood.
7. Watch your nightly meals
The type, quality, and quantity of food you eat before bed can really affect your sleep, in one way or another. Try to pick lightweight, healthy meals for your night routine, and try to eat mindfully to make sure you don’t overeat. Going to sleep with a full stomach is almost guaranteed to cause some discomfort, and your sleep can be interrupted.
8. Do some belly breathing
Taking deep belly breaths is wonderful for your health and it can help you to relax, both physically and mentally. Diaphragmatic breathing (you know, the one you where you breathe in and your belly expands) relaxes a very important Vagus nerve that is a part of our cognitive functions.
Taking deep, slow belly breaths can lower your stress levels, relieve anxiety, and even help with lower back pain (I confirm this personally).
Whenever I’m too anxious to sleep, or when my back hurts, I spend a few minutes laying on my back just breathing in and out, in and out with my belly. Works like a charm every single time!
So Is Having a Night Routine Worth It?
Absolutely yes! Having a good night routine can ensure that you will get enough rest and set yourself up for success the next day. You don’t even need to be meticulous with your night routine – avoiding a few unhelpful choices, and developing healthy night routine habits will help you to feel great before bed, and after you wake up. I hope you will try it out!
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