Relaxing Evening Routine
There is so much talk about how to start your day in the right way. I believe having a relaxing evening routine is equally as important which is why I commit daily to both routines. My evening routine is at least 30 minutes. Sometimes longer if it is a self-care evening and I may add a pamper session or other activities to my evening routine too.
I recommend staying away from your phone for at least one hour before sleep time. Studies show that the blue light from the screen of phones, TVs etc has a negative impact on your sleep ability. Put your phone away from your bed or in another room so you don’t have the temptation to look at it in bed. This will also help in the morning by not having it right there to start your day.
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Relaxing evening routines
Have a warm bath
I love to have a warm bath to relax and my favourite time is in the evening. I’ll put on a podcast or a relaxing music playlist and add aromatherapy bubble bath or bath salts for extra relaxation (bath salts link text). Take this time to practice mindfulness, be present in the moment and take note of your feelings and sensations. You could also use it as a time to reflect on all you are grateful for that day. Reflect on all you achieved and are proud of for that day and celebrate yourself.
Do stretches or bedtime yoga
When I get into bed I then do some stretches. It is important that these are light and relaxing stretches as it is so close to the time you will be going to sleep. You can try a bedtime yoga practice. This is one of my favourites and it is only 7 minutes. There are longer ones available.
Reading is a really relaxing activity that you can do. Pick a book that you really enjoy, whether it is a personal development book or one for fun in a genre that you enjoy. I highly recommend it being a positive book though rather than crime, horror, sadness etc as the last thoughts of your day will stay with you so you want to make them positive.
Writing down at least 3 things that you are grateful for that day. Make them as specific as possible and where possible you can make the effort to personally thank the person that you are grateful for. Sharing gratitude and appreciation has a positive impact on everyone involved, including you.
Guided meditations are a great way to wind down before sleep. You can use guided meditations for sleep (I like the Tracks To Relax Podcast). Meditation is a great way to clear your mind to help you wind down for a restful night sleep.
This is a great technique to use to work on your goals, whether they are personal like building confidence and feeling happier or business goals. Visualising involves imagining your dreams as if they are already reality in as much detail as you can. Visualise the way you want your life to be, who you are with, where you live, what you do, how you feel etc. Another good thing to do is to visualise before a bit event or occasion that you have coming up to visualise it going as well as it can and how you want it to. I used this technique for a job interview and can’t even tell the difference between my visualisation and the reality of that day, it is such a powerful technique.
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- Word search or other puzzles
- Listening to podcasts
- Sleep meditation
What habits would you like to try as part of your relaxing evening routine? I would love to hear how you get on over in the Facebook group.
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