How to Reap the Surprisingly Magical Benefits of a Night Routine
Posted: Jun 15, 2020
The benefits of an effective night time routine are endless, really. Not only does it set you up for an amazing day ahead, but it helps you get one of the most important things right for your health and productivity. Good, quality sleep and recovery. Which in turn lowers stress and makes life more enjoyable overall.
So, today we're answering the question "how do I start a night routine to reap these awesome benefits?"
Check out these stellar tips!How You Begin
If you're starting from scratch, first block off a non-negotiable time to begin your routine. Ideally, start an hour before you plan to lay your head down for the evening. At that time, turn off all electronics and take a moment to switch off the headlights and switch on the lamps. Finally, brush your teeth and get yourself ready for bed.
These three actions will ready your body for a meaningful wind down experience, and you won't have to do it later (which is huge!). They set you up for the magic ahead.Decide What Works for You
Next, we all have different needs and preferences in our evenings. Some love to read, while other prefer meditation or journaling. And yet others get the best quality time with their partner during their evening routine.
Check out: 11 Brilliant Things to do at Night for wonderful ideas to implement at night that nourish you and set you up for success.Experiment
You may find that you thought reading would be a perfect evening cap, but it really energizes you instead. Ever looked up from reading to realize it's already 2 am? I HAVE!
So, pick activities that you truly think will help you wind down from the day (and prep for tomorrow).
But, take the time to try a variety of activities and give them a week before making the decision on whether they stay in your routine. Be sure to try new things. You may find the gem you've been searching for where you least expect it.Consistency is Key
Do not quit. Even when an extra episode of Netflix is calling your name. One night will move to the next and before you know it, you'll have a daily habit that dramatically improves your sleep and how you feel during the day – with very little effort on your part.
As with all good things, consistency is essential to making your new habit stick. If you miss a day, get right back to your night routine the next night – or as soon as you can. We all fail occasionally, what matters is how quickly you recover.In Conclusion
A night routine is a simple set of actions that have the potential to change your life. So, give it the attention it deserves!
If you struggle at first, start with just ten minutes and gradually move into a longer routine. Sometimes, an easy start is best. Because DONE is better than perfect.
Cheers to a beautiful new night time routine!
Jenn writes at her blog healthyhappyimpactful.com. She’s a mom of three looking to learn and grow. Check it out if you love helpful tips on health, family, and personal growth.