As most of ya’ll know – the past few months I have been working hard on creating a morning routine. In my morning routine I aimed to start getting up earlier – and so far so good. As we head into the last 90 days of 2019, I would love to get my wake up time pushed back 30 more minutes. This would have me getting up by 7:00am. I have been getting up anywhere from 7:15 – 7:30 currently – and the one thing that has really helped me change my wake up time? Creating an evening routine.
Having a routine around bedtime helps my mind tell my body it’s time for rest. By creating a habit of tasks around bedtime, I can shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep – and get a more restful sleep during the night.
Main Benefit of an Evening Routine
When you create a routine for bedtime – your body reacts to the habits you are creating. After creating the habit, your body will pick up on the tasks you are doing and will start preparing your body for bedtime.
For example, I have been diffusing lavender essential oils at night. I start the oils one hour before I aim to be in bed. I diffuse them in our bedroom and turn the ceiling fan on so it circulates throughout the room. After a doing this every night for a week, lavender now triggers my mind and body that it is bedtime.
How To Create an Evening Routine
When I created my routine, I looked for tasks that helped me relax, to start resting my mind and body, & will help clear my mind before bed. Just like morning routines, no two evening routines will be the same. Think about little tasks you can do routinely to help you wind down.
Do you like to read? Do you love the smell of candles or essential oils? Are you a hot tea drinker?
Create your evening routine around tasks that will make your mornings easier or will start to relax your mind and body.
The one bit of advice I can give is to stop screen time about an hour before you want your head to touch the pillow. This helps your mind stop racing and rests your eyes.
My Evening Routine
- Put up phone on the charger and set alarms
- Start diffuser with lavender oil
- Brew hot tea
- Stretch / Yoga
- Gather gym bag, work bag, and lunch for next day
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