When we have children, we know the importance of a nightly routine. Bath, snack, brushing little teeth, reading a book…these activities put little ones in the right frame of mind to get a rejuvenating night’s sleep. Unfortunately, many women find themselves too busy, preoccupied, or just flat out exhausted to engage in a sleep routine of our own.
We think it’s vital to engage in a few minutes of self-care in the evening to set ourselves up for great sleep. Here are a few ideas you can incorporate to create your own relaxing nighttime ritual.
Sacred Space: An important step to getting restful sleep is making your bedroom a sanctuary. Eliminate clutter, electronics, and anything that induces stress or makes you feel anxious. Make sure you keep your bedroom slightly cooler and make your bed up with clean crisp sheets and comfortable pillows. Diffusing relaxing oils or using an essential pillow spray can also contribute to a soothing environment.
Unplug: We can find ourselves mindlessly watching reality TV or scrolling through social media feeds even when we’re exhausted. Not only can that mess with your mind, but the light from the screens can also mess with your eyes and your sleep. Try putting your screens away at least a half hour before you turn in and leave your phone outside your bedroom—or at least out of arm’s reach.
Take a Bath: A bath is a great way to signal to your body that it’s time to relax. Add a few drops of lavender oil to the water and listen to soft music or a short guided meditation.
Read a Book: Reading an actual physical book can be a great way to unwind and let your brain escape while your body relaxes.
Give Thanks: Keeping a gratitude journal is proven to contribute to greater happiness, and before bed is a great time to count your blessings. Keep a notebook in your bedside table and jot down a few highlights from your day as a way to end your evening on an up note. If your mind is still busy, you can clear it by writing down a to-do list for the next day.
Stretch: While you might want to avoid an intense yoga practice before bed, it can feel relaxing and soothing to stretch your body in a very low-key way before bed. Savasana (corpse pose), supine twists, and legs up the wall are all great poses to help your body let go of any stress it might be holding on to.
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