A bad night can lead to a chaotic and unproductive day. All the same, a nightly routine can prepare you as much as a day routine to feel less stressed and more energized. Having predictable evenings makes it easy to go about your next-day tasks. The following are some of the routine tasks that you should try:
1. Put Off Electronics 1 to 2 Hours Before Sleep
It is hard to completely shut out all the media devices and just have a moment of peace. There is always the urge to catch-up with social media posts and friends that it affects other aspects of life like sleep.
Technology is also affecting families and makes it easy for work to creep into personal time. There is strong temptation to check emails and respond even when you are not supposed to be doing so. It is a hard call to turn-off electronic devices at least one hour before bed although this helps you have a restful night.
2. Eat Small Portions of the Right Meal
Eating a light meal before bed helps you sleep peaceful. If you are watching your weight, avoid foods with a lot of sugar and fat. Light snacks are useful because they stabilize blood sugar level all through the night and prevent disruption to sleep.
The body requires energy at night in order to burn calories and lessen the storage of fat that hunger hormones cause. Foods such as fruits, whole-wheat snacks, non-starchy vegetables and lean protein are important before bed. In addition, foods such as peanut butter and avocado help you wake up energized.
3. Reflect on the Current Day and Plan for the Next
You can look back on the day’s happenings to see what you achieved and how much you accomplished. You can write down what you did briefly. These should just be a few points, and it should take you only a few minutes.
After reviewing the current day, you can make a plan for the next. You simply need to envisage how you would like your day to go, and what you want to achieve.
4. Make Time for Loved Ones
Time spent with family and other loved ones creates beautiful and lasting memories. Before you retire to bed, you can spend time with your kids, siblings, parents or husband. They are the most valuable people who determine whether you will have a great day or a regretful one.
Setting aside time every day for loved ones is a good investment. Also, you may not get time during the day to spend with family. It is therefore easy for these precious moments to slip by because of a busy day, and that’s why it is important to schedule time for your loved ones.
5. Have Time for Fun
After a tiresome day at work, it almost sounds unimaginable to have time for other activities. However, it helps to do things that make you happy. It creates the balance between work and your social or fun life.
Concentrating so much on work can cause stress and result in one being grumpy all the time. On the other hand, a little fun can be the source of fulfillment and inspiration needed. It does not have to take so much time, and you can even schedule this for 30 minutes.
6. Make-Up the House
It gives you peace when the house is tidy before bed. You go to sleep knowing the house is clean, and you do not have to wake up early to do the cleaning. It reduces the stress of the number of tasks you have to do in the morning.
A neat house is a source of energy in the morning, and it results to a balance during the day. It is also similar to walking into a neat desk at the workplace.
Reflecting on the love of self and others can help you rejuvenate. It also helps you appreciate others for who they are and the contribution they are making to your life. In addition, this kind of meditation deepens your perspective, and you are able to see life from a different angle.
The meditation can also be in the form of prayer where you express your gratitude for the day’s blessings to you and to people around you.
8. Have a Scheduled Bedtime
There are so many reasons that can delay what time you go to bed. However, people tend to stick to a given waking-up time since it helps them observe their morning schedule.
Similarly, it is important to get to bed at a given time in order to stick to the natural sleep cycle. A particular cycle helps you sleep better and helps you wake-up more energized.