The last blog from earlier this year was all about the importance of establishing the "perfect" morning routine that sets the tone for the day ahead. Having a disciplined routine the night before is just as important, especially for those of you with a busy life.
To be honest, that's the case for most of us. Most of us have a full day everyday. Pressure to perform at work is high, family and social life adds more pressure, additional errands are crammed into the schedule, and there always seems to be something unexpected throughout the day vying for your attention.
That's why it's vital to have some routines in place to help manage the chaos and guide you through the eye of the storm. Below are 3 things every busy person should do before going to sleep at night:
1) PREPARE FOR TOMORROW
Pick out tomorrow's outfit, prep your food, set up your coffee station, have your gym bag ready, and anything else you can think of to make the early hour as easy as can be. Other than food prep, this can all get done in 5 to 10+ minutes.
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
- Benjamin Franklin
2) WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Ideally using a planner or notebook, write down the main things you need to get done the next day. Even a sticky note or scrap piece of paper will work. Keep in mind, this isn't to be confused with journaling and should take 5 minutes or less.
The idea is to simplify tomorrow's main tasks, get them out of your mind, so you can unwind.
Research consistently shows that writing things down leads to many health benefits.
3) LIMIT SCREEN TIME AND RELAX
It's hard to say what the optimal amount of time without our devices before sleep is, but it's clear that we need to limit our screen time in order to have a good night's rest.
Instead of peering into the endless technological abyss before bed, spend sometime doing something more relaxing. Make sure you stick with what works best for you. Here's some ideas below that you can give a try:
Journaling, light reading, breathing exercises, stretching routines, and night time tea are some of many examples of how to destress and ready the body and mind before sleep.
PUT YOUR ROUTINE INTO PRACTICE
Your morning routine sets the tone for the day ahead while your evening routine sets the tone for next morning. Both go hand-in-hand, both are important, and both have their own unique benefits.
Even though each holds value and reinforces the efficiency of your life, it's my belief that our evening routines get neglected due to our morning routines getting most of the attention.
Maybe this is because we're often too exhausted at the end of the day to summon the effort to unwind and practice self care. I don't know for sure but that's probably part of the reason why.
What I do know for sure is that my best days follow a strong morning routine and even better days are follow by a good night's rest thanks to some downtime before the lights go out.
We all have the power to make our days better, it's just a matter of establishing your routine(s) and putting them to practice. What does your evening routine look like?
Get Fit, Stay Fit, Enjoy Life!
Stephen C. Langhjelm