Your Ideal Evening Routine – and How it can Improve the Next Morning
“The early bird catches the worm,” or so they say. While worms may not be high on your must-have list, your health and wellbeing probably are. If, like most of us, you find it difficult to wind down at night and that you’re left exhausted and underslept each morning, read on.
The Power of Routine
Take a moment to think back to your childhood. Didn’t life seem simpler and less stressful then? Although they may complain about their set bed-time, kids love routine, and this works to improve the lives of men and women, too. For achieving overall wellness of body and mind, consider implementing a simple evening routine that can improve your sleep quality and your following morning.
Carry out these few easy-to-accomplish steps each night and you’ll set yourself up for a pleasant, stress-free morning.
- Switch off. Clear all screens from your bedroom like Arianna Huffington, the founder of Thrive Global. You’ll create a more tranquil atmosphere that’s more conducive to sleep, and you won’t be tempted to watch one more episode or play one more game that’ll eat into your sleeping hours.
- Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep. Try to clear your mind of stressful or random thoughts which cause the body to produce dopamine. Instead, think of something good, like your next holiday, as you drift off.
- Set your alarm clock for a realistic time. If it takes you 30 minutes to get ready for work, there’s no point in trying to cram everything into 20.
- Pre-prepare your morning. Lay out your next day’s outfit and breakfast cups or bowls. Place bags or backpacks containing essential work papers or keys by the door.
Give these steps a try for one week and see if you can feel the difference!