Everyone knows how important a morning routine is, but an evening routine is just as critical for your overall productivity and daily mindset. Evening routines are an essential because, unlike morning routines, they set us up for two things: wrapping up our day and—the ultimate goal—getting an amazing night’s sleep. Here are ideas to add into your evening routine to make it even better.
1. Cut the Screen Time
With how much time we spend on screens every day, it isn’t surprising that it affects the way we sleep. The blue light that is emitted from tech screens can mess with our brains by tricking it into thinking it is still daylight which makes it more difficult to enter “sleep mode.” To help your brain get the rest it needs, shut down all electronics at least an hour before heading to bed. This includes phones, TVs, and laptops. One trick to help distance yourself from your screens is to plug them in for charging in a room separate than the one you are going to be sleeping in.
2. Write it Down
A mind crowded with excess thoughts can also keep you awake late into the night. Put pen to paper and let your thoughts out before bedtime. Whether you journal nightly or practice writing out a to-do list for the following day, writing your thoughts down on paper can help clear your mind and let you sleep a little easier. For a smooth writing experience and ink that won’t smudge, try the G-350 Gel Retractable Pen. It features rapid dry gel ink technology that dries in less than a second. For something extra luxurious, try the Sarasa Grand. It comes in six shiny and sleek barrel colors that will match your personal style.
3. Avoid the Hype
Screens are not the only thing affecting your quality of sleep. Consuming drinks that are high in sugar or caffeine like energy drinks and coffee, even a few hours before bed can cause you to toss and turn in sleep. Cutting out these drinks late in the day will help you fall asleep faster and help you sleep better.
4. Prep for the Day Ahead
Are you a snoozer? One way to get in those extra 15 minutes of sleep in the morning is to make prepping for the next day part of your evening routine. Doing simple tasks like laying out your clothes, packing your lunch bag, or preparing a breakfast the night before can make your mornings so much smoother with minimal effort and time taken at the end of your day. It also stops you from having the 20-minute debate with yourself about what to wear in the morning.
5. Relax Your Body
Your mind isn’t the only thing that needs to wind down after a long day. Stress can be held within your muscles, so it is important that as part of your evening routine you wind down your body, as well. Yoga or meditation are great ways to calm your mind, relax your body, and get ready to end the day. Both of these exercises are great to add to your morning routine, too!
6. Something You Love
One of the best things you can add to your evening routine is simply something you enjoy doing that isn’t part of your job. Maybe it is settling into bed and reading a new book, or something artistic like bullet journaling or painting. No matter what your hobby is, carve out time to put the work aside and do something that makes you happy.
Take the time every evening to create a routine that relaxes your mind and body. Your morning routine, and your mornings in general, can be even better when you have an effective evening routine that helps you fall asleep fast and get quality sleep.