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The Evening Routine to Help You Sleep

Updated: Apr 25, 2023



We all know a good sleep is crucial to a productive day. Without it, creativity drops, focus disappears and your energy is depleted. But here's a fun fact: whatever you do in the evening is going to have a direct impact on how tomorrow is going to turn out.


If morning routines are designed to energise us, give us clarity and motivation and stamina, evening routines are there to make sure you don’t go to bed with all that extra zing!


This is how I like to get down before Club B-E-D to ensure the next day is a winner.


Journaling


I have a very specific journaling strategy: RPA.

Reflect: on the day that has passed. Plan: For the day ahead. Aspire: Write down your goals

Journaling is also a perfect way to practice gratitude – acknowledging all the great things in your life keep them active in your mind. Practicing gratitude is a proven happiness booster!

You can also try a different approach. Choose one goal. Focus on it. Visualise it. Write down what that goal is 10 times in your journal. Positive visualisation leads to creation.

Yoga


Just as yoga can wake you up from the inside out, it can calm your body down and prepare you for a good nights’ sleep. Not only will you go to sleep feeling more limber and loosen the muscles after a long day, but your mental state will be in a better place too.

Try these three simple postures before jumping the sack:

  1. Standing Forward Bend – Helps relieve headaches and insomnia, and lowers stress levels. 

  2. Bridge – Calms the brain, stimulates organs and rejuvenates tired legs.

  3. Child’s Pose – The mother of relaxation poses. Calms the mind and alleviates tension in the body. Also a good one for jet lag

Take the thought out of any morning activities


Doing this will help you with the mad rush that is the morning. You’ll instantly feel more organised and have less to worry about, starting the day off on a high. Well, right after your epic morning routine, that is.

Here are a few things you can do in the evening that you’d otherwise need to do in the morning;

  1. Lay out your work out gear and regular clothes

  2. To-do-list (this is particularly good for organising your thoughts)

  3. Wash the dishes

  4. Make your lunch

  5. Pack your bag


A little bit of light reading


A good book can be the perfect antidote to a full day. You don’t have to get all Warren Buffet about it and read 500 pages every day, just a chapter or two will help you relax, reduce cortisol levels and improve your cognitive function.



Slow down your skincare routine


Often, we’re so exhausted we hurry through our evening skin care routine, a quick cleanse, a dab of moisturiser, a hasty brush of the teeth..wait we forgot to tone. Ugh. Bad move galfriends. Bad move.

Your evening skincare routine bears more weight than the morning one. During slumber is when all the magic beautifying, age-reversing, complexion fixing wonders happen.

So take your time, try a double cleanse, work your serum in, moisturise with care. Your skin will thank you by looking so supple in the morning. 

A few extra tips

Finally, here are some things to avoid before bed, for a better nights kip:

  1. Alcohol – Red wine, especially as it can be a stimulant. It works in similar ways to caffeine. 

  2. Caffeine. Duh Fred.

  3. Eating after 8 pm. The earlier in the evening you have your last meal the better. Sorry guys, but this includes snacks! Give your body time to digest the food.

  4. Tweeting, scrolling, tindering, etc Can it – it’s not productive and keeps you awake

  5. Forcing it – if you can’t fall asleep, meditate, practice breathing exercises, visualise your goals or get up and read for a little while.

  6. Hitting Snooze in the morning. Even though its often the hardest part of your day, getting out of bed as soon as that first alarm goes will actually give you more energy then snoozing.


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