In today’s world, it seems to be increasingly more difficult to find time to decompress and disconnect. The “go-go-go” mentality can totally put a strain on our nervous system and our ability to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
We hear a lot about creating a morning practice that sets you up for an awesome day, and we touched on that here.
In addition to having a consistent morning routine, it’s also important to cultivate a supportive evening routine so you can get quality rest and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go!
REDUCE SCREEN TIME
Reducing your screen time in the evenings is a great way to help the mind begin to slow down. Get away from the scrolling, the to-do’s, and let your mind rest.
It’ll help you get into a smoother and deeper sleep, and honestly – some time without the phone is just so good for your mental health. Try picking up a book instead for those last few minutes before bedtime.
NO SUGAR OR CAFFEINE
While you’re getting your mind ready for bed, you have to get your body ready too.
Try to stay away from caffeine and sugary foods as you wind down for the evening. Sugar intake before bed can disrupt your sleep and increase restlessness throughout the night. I know the cookie is tempting, but try an opt for some nuts or a little fruit if you get the late night munchies instead.
STRETCH OR MEDITATE
If you find it difficult to carve out some time to stretch, meditate, journal, etc in the mornings, try taking some time in the evenings for some self care.
Stretching before bed will help to open up the body, which allows for a more comfortable and more restful sleep. Journaling is also a great tool to get out the day’s thoughts before you slip into dream world.
Find an evening routine that works for you and is the most supportive of a good nights’ rest. You’ll be so glad you did.