Recently, I shared some of my ideas with you on having a morning routine and some simple steps you can take to make yours more productive. Just like a good morning routine, a night routine can make a big difference in your productivity and overall well being. In fact, I established a solid night routine before my morning routine and the major changes it made in my life led to me developing a morning routine. As I mentioned before, routines are not a one size fits all situation so it’s important to create a routine that works best for you and your lifestyle. Here are the three things I believe everyone could benefit from working into their nightly routine.
Your body has been working hard all day to carry you through life. Let it know you appreciate it by stretching out those muscles that you used today. Spending even just 5-15 minutes stretching every night can make a big difference in your overall flexibility and the quality of your sleep. Certain stretches like the Seated Forward Fold (my favorite or the Up The Wall (John’s favorite) even help your body get better prepared for a good night of rest.
Wash and Floss
After you’ve finished up that email or put the kids to sleep, it may seem tempting to just fall into your bed. I understand the temptation but in the long run, taking the time to throughly cleanse your face and brush and floss your teeth is worth it. Many people quickly and roughly wash their face at the end of the day and rush through brushing their teeth. Take the extra ten minutes to floss, properly cleanse your face, and slather on a good night cream (I suggest something with vitamin E). You will thank me at your next dentist appointment and in 20 years when your skin is still looking fantastic.
Spend At Least 15 Minutes On Yourself
I know you are tired and busy. I know you have a million things to do and it never seems like you can spare another minute. But you deserve 15 minutes for yourself! Do something relaxing at the end of each day that doesn’t involve a screen for at least 15 minutes. Read a book, color, listen to music, write, do yoga…there really isn’t a wrong option. Unplug from technology for a little while and make sure that for at least 15 minutes out of your day you are your top priority.
Do you have an element of your routine that you can’t get through your night without? Did one of these ideas work well for you? Tweet me and let me know!