A few weeks ago I wrote a post on my morning routine and how I fit a morning routine into my busy day in only 15 minutes.
If you missed it you can find the post here.
This week post is all about my evening routine and what I do to set my evening up for success.
To me a successful evening is one that is peaceful, calm and prepares me for a good nights sleep. After all, the more rested I am, the more likely it is that the following day will be awesome.
7 ways to set your evening for success!
When I was really stressed out and running about like a blue ass fly most days, I would rush from task to task trying to keep the house clean and tidy, get meals ready, exercise, do the washing, get the shopping etc..
I was so caught up in the cycle of trying to do what I thought I should be doing, that I lost sight of what was more important, my family.
Now I make time for them, so what if the toilet isn’t bleached or the hobs a little dirty, I can do that another day. I cant get back my children’s smiles and the way that they recall each day of school in a different way. I cant recreate that smile Brad gives me when I meet him at the door as he arrives home from work.
Those things are precious to me, there what gives life meaning and joy. Which is why my evening routine has a non-negotiable of family time and it’s had down, the best decision Ive ever made.
Make time to connect with those you love and care about, be it friends, family or pets and I guarantee, that just like me, you wont regret a single minute of it.
2. Unplug Electronics
I don’t know about you but I used to spend hours on my phone, scrolling through social media feeds, clearing my email box, playing words with friends. Last year I realised that my poor sleep and the difficulties I had falling asleep were due to my constant whirring brain that I just couldn’t seem to switch off. I Then realised this was a direct result of my phone usage and the blue light it omits. I made a promise to myself to change that and for me, that was a game changer.
So why is blue light a problem?
Its because the light omitted from the screens of our favourite devices tells our brain’s that it isn’t time to sleep yet. So nighttime and darkness is a signal to our brains to rest but the blue light messes with that and we end up wide awake or even worse, dog tired but unable to switch our minds off to go to sleep.
I always aim to put my phone down at 8pm and stop the exposure to the blue screen. I’m not saying I always manage it, the night I send my email to my amazing subscribers and put out a blog post, is often quite a late one, but my ratio for nearly everything is 90/10 so that 10% is ok in my book.
Yep I know, this one was also in my morning routine. What can I say, I’m a bit of a preparation fan, I reckon I would have made a good girl scout if they’d had that type of thing where I grew up.
Each night I take time to make sure the kids school uniforms are set out, my uniforms ready and everyones lunch is are ready, or at least the prep side of it is done. This for me is a life saver in the morning, not rushing about to find clothes and decide whats for lunch for 4 different people, means I have that little extra time to actually spend on me and carry out my morning routine.
4. Have A Set Bedtime
I know this sounds silly, but how many people actually have a set bedtime? Most don’t, instead its after this program finishes or once I’ve finished doing this on the computer or finished up this last chapter. Next thing we know its late and we have to get up for work in 4 hours.
Allowing you body to get into a routine at night provides two major benefits. Firstly, not only does it support your body into recognising its time for bed so that it can start winding down to prepare for sleep. And secondly, it also supports your body towards developing a routine for getting up in the morning.
Both mean a great nights sleep followed by a kick ass morning, now who doesn’t want that?
For those who have been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that Im a gratitude junkie. Ive two posts already dedicated to it! This one and this one. So its probably of little surprise that I keep a gratitude journal next to my bed.
Every night I write the days date and today I am thankful for… Then I list at least 3 things that I am thankful for that day. This small action each and every day helps to keep me grounded, it reminds me of all the amazing things I have to be thankful for.
It also has the added benefiting of boosting my confidence to help reduce the amount of negative self talk that tends to have a nasty habit of creeping in!
6. Set My Intention For Sleep & The Next day
Each night I try to remember to set my intention for the next day. This simple task involves taking less than 1 minute to say that I’ll have a great sleep tonight and tomorrow will be fabulous. Easy as pie and by telling my mind that it’s going to happen, it increases the likelihood that it will.
This is something I started doing last year and has really been a game changer in improving my sleep and as a result, my mindset.
I put on a meditation as I lay down in bed and it helps my extremely over active mind to calm its self down. Lately I’ve even been falling asleep to the meditation, thats how effective this it is!
For someone like me, who’s mind is constantly whirring with ideas and nonsense, mediation really has helped improve my sleep. I use the free one giant mind app and set the timer for 10 minutes.
The meditation starts off as guided and then goes to some calming music whilst you repeat a mantra, your then hided back out of the mediation when its time to stop. Easy. You can check it out here.
There you have it, the 7 steps I take each night to achieve evening success. None of them are hard or time consuming, but each worth their weight in gold for how they support me to feel great.
Do you have a night time routine? Do you get a good nights sleep? I’d love to hear about your routine in the comments below.
Love & Gratitude,
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