I believe that in order to have the most productive morning that you possibly can, it all starts with what you do before you go to bed – your bed time routine. There is so much time you have at night that you can use being productive and getting ready for the next day, instead of watching just ONE more episode before you go to sleep, which turns into FIVE more episodes!
By creating a bed time routine, I feel so much more relaxed by the time I actually crawl into bed. Knowing that I got so much accomplished instead of spending the entire night binging my favorite show so that I can be as prepared as possible for the morning to come just eases my mind. It is also a great way to practice self-care by taking the time to do some of these things for yourself in advance.
So now here is my list of 7 things I do before bed, and that you should consider doing as well, for a healthier mind and soul:
- Make a to-do list. Often times I find myself unable to fall asleep because I have so much that I need to remember to do that I start stressing about making sure I remember everything that needs to get done. If you take a few minutes before bed to sit down and write out a list of all of your to-dos you can go to bed with your mind relaxed and at ease.
- Tidy Up. Make sure you clean up the kitchen after you make dinner, straighten any couch pillows or blankets, and gather up anything that needs to be put away including other dirty dishes, trash, etc. Since I live with roommates I always try to do these as soon as I am done eating, but I also like to tidy up our bedroom before I go to bed so that I wake up to a nice, clean room in the morning instead of feeling stressed out about one more task I have to do before I can even start to tackle items on my to-do list.
- “5 minute clean ups” are awesome for this. Just set a time for 5 minutes and try to clean up as much as you possibly can before the timer goes off. You can also try 10 or 15 minutes for larger rooms or bigger messes. You would be surprised how much you can actually get done in such a short amount of time when you really hustle.
- Have a Snack. I tend to eat dinner early (3-5pm) because I either work at 6pm or I have been at school for so long that by the time I get home I am starving. Due to this though, I find that by bedtime I am wide awake longer than I need to be because my tummy is hungry. So eat a light snack that will hold you over until breakfast, but make sure you eat no later than 1 hour before you go to bed. Some light snacks I would suggest include fruit, nuts, yogurt, or toast.
- Hydrate. Personally I like to drink water no matter what time of day, especially before bed though so I do not wake up thirsty in the middle of the night. Recently I have found though that if I drink too much water too close to bed I wake up several times throughout the night and disrupt my sleep by having to get up to go to the bathroom so I try not to drink too much water after 7pm, and just have a few sips before bed. Non-caffeinated tea, hot chocolate, or warm apple juice are also some good night time drink.
- Ditch the Tech. I am sure by now we all have read some sort of study about how the light from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle, so it is best to plug your cell phone in your bathroom, on your desk, or anywhere away from your bed, and out of reach so you are not tempted to scroll Facebook or Pinterest instead of focusing of going to sleep.
- BONUS: When your alarm goes off in the morning you will also be forced to get out of bed as soon as it goes off to turn it off (unless you like listening to an alarm??).
- Journal. I know journaling is not for everyone, but for me it is just another way to relax. Each night I like to either sit down and right a couple hundred words of a blog post, or to write in my journals. This helps me to clear my mind and get out any thoughts that have been swarming around my brain all day. If journaling isn’t your thing, spend some time with whatever hobby you love. I’m not saying you should go extreme mountain biking at 10:00 pm though. Keep it simple and relaxing.
- Some other things I like to do include decorative planning (bonus because this take me back to #1 too!), crocheting, working on a puzzle, or playing a board game with my boyfriend.
- Read. The last thing I always do before going to bed is to read. I used to only browse on my phone until I fell asleep, but since I started reading before bed again I have noticed how much of a better nights sleep again (probably thanks in part to not having the light from electronics up in my face right before I fall asleep). I also have been able to finish more books in my TBR pile and after about 20 minutes of reading around 10pm I am ready to fall asleep instantly!
Think I missed something that should be added to my list? Comment down below and let me know your favorite things to do before bed for a better night’s sleep, to ease your stress, and to make mornings run smoother!
Thanks for stopping by friends.
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