The Ideal Nighttime Routine
We all have those days when we have a million different tasks to get done and we blaze through the day only to find ourselves fully exhausted by the end of the night. The only problem is, we can’t seem to fall asleep. Creating a nighttime routine that you follow daily is important not only so you can avoid this from happening but also so you can wake up feeling recharge, stress free, and ready to take on the day. Try out these tips to creating the perfect nighttime routine for yourself-
Give yourself a specific time at night to stop responding to emails, stop refreshing your instagram page, and turn off the tv. Staring at your phone, tv, or other electronic devices at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it's time to go to bed.
2. Plan Ahead
No one likes having to rush around first thing in the morning trying to get everything in order. This is why I always plan ahead at night. Any meals you might need to take on the go, make and pack it the night before so it’s ready for you to grab and go. If you have a laundry list of things to do, prioritize which ones need to get done first and make it happen.
3. Stretch it Out
Getting in a good stretch at night helps relieve stress and tension from your joints and muscles and allows your body to unwind leaving you in a calm relaxed state. Try doing 20-30 minutes of yoga before bed and reap the benefits! My personal favorite pose: Child’s Pose.
4. Drink Up
Before hoping into bed drink a glass of warm water or herbal tea such as Chamomile tea. Chamomile helps relax your body, boosts your immune system, purifies your skin, and reduces swelling. Added tip: mix in some local honey and lemon.
5. Be ThankfulKeep a journal next to your bed and every night before going to bed reflect on your day and write down five things you are thankful for. This clears your mind, allows you to go to bed with a positive mind set, and gives you something to look back on at the end of the week to feel proud and accomplished over.