They say the day belongs to those who are prepared. Or something along those lines! Having a morning routine is great. But our yesterdays also have a big impact on our todays. Getting in to a routine of creating good evening habits is the best way to set yourself up for great tomorrow.
Here are some simple evening habits that will help…
1. Eat Well
Make sure you get a good meal in before bed and that you don’t eat too late. You want to give your body time to digest your food properly. Ideally between 6pm and 7pm is the best time to have you last meal.
Try to get in a glass of water before you hit the pillow to stay hydrated.
2. Tidy Up
Getting your home organized might seem a chore as one of the last things to do in the evening but its worth doing. Just a simple quick tidy up to so you don’t start off your day sorting out the mess from the day before.
A 15 to 30 minute clean up is all that’s needed to get your home back in to order and ready for the day ahead. You’ll immediately feel better coming down to a clean and organized space. Ready to start your day!
You might want to take the organization a step further, by getting your outfit ready for the next day.
Writing is an effective of way of letting go of negative stuff from the day and out of your head. It helps to quieten down the noise in your head and plan for your day ahead. If you can it’s better to write it out by hand than on your phone.
The act of writing out by hand, is part of the creative process of translating thought to paper. So the phone is something to avoid. At least the last thing before going to bed. So grab a piece of paper or even better a note book or a journal. Write out your to do list for the next day. It can be as simple as writing a list of your top 3 tasks.
Writing out all the things your grateful for is another process to try out. That way you’re sure to end the day with a smile on your face.
It is getting more difficult to not being able to put your phone down, I know. The bright screen subconsciously tells our body that its not time to go to sleep as yet. So even though you might be super tired your mind is still going in to overload. Try to avoid social media last thing in the evening!
By turning off your phone and laptop a couple of hours before you’re ready to go to sleep will really make a big difference. Your body and mind will be more calm and ready for rest mode.
Which leads on to the next tip….
Give your eyes a rest before your rest by reading a book. Try reading something positive or inspirational. It’s always better to end the day on a good note. You’re learning and expanding your knowledge every day which is always good!
Reading is the best alternative to being on your phone. It’s a lot easier on our eyes before going to bed. And helps to destress and calm us down. You’ll probably end up falling asleep faster too. If I’m in bed reading I literally don’t get through a full page before I fall asleep!
6. Slumber Needs
All the tips from before won’t do much help if you don’t have a good sleep! This means having your bed setup the best way for you. Have you got the right mattress? Enough bed layers for the changes in weather and season?
All these things make a difference. Invest in a good bed set in natural fibres, like linen or cotton and it will do wonders for your sleep. And make sure you get to sleep at a decent time. Apparently the optimal bedtime hours are between 10pm and 11pm. The quality of sleep you get is just as important.
The last thing to remember is to have a bedroom that you actually look forward to retiring to! Whether its a quick bedroom makeover or you take your time designing a space thats right for you. Your bedroom is your personal retreat so invest a bit of effort or money into it.
What evening habits do you swear by for a good day? Let me know in the comments below!
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