6 Healthy evening rituals for a stress-free slumber

We're huge fans of morning rituals - going for a morning run, meditation, eating a healthy, protein-packed breakfast. These things all set us up for a happy, healthy day. But the truth is that a great morning depends so much on the night before. The way you end your day determines how the next day will start. So how do you prime your body and mind for a stress-free evening? We've got 6 tips to help.

#1. Be organised

Organisation will help you to feel less stressed tomorrow, and you can start by preparing some healthy food. Eating on-the-go can be a challenge and it can be hard to make healthy choices when you're pushed for time or have limited options. By prepping healthy food every evening - a great habit to get into - you'll enjoy a healthier day, boost your mood and are more likely to make healthy choices throughout the day. You'll even save cash, as it's cheaper to prepare your own lunch and snacks rather than relying on pre-packed supermarket food or lunch out.

#2. Create a sanctuary

Did you know that we spend around one-third of our lives in our bedrooms? That's a lot of time, so it makes sense that the environment in your bedroom can have a huge impact on your health and happiness! Bedrooms are a space for sleeping - not for watching TV or catching up on your emails. Keeping your sleeping space a technology-free zone can do wonders for your energy levels. Turn your Wi-Fi off an hour before bed and avoid the temptation to use your smartphone in bed; the blue light the screen emits can affect your body's sleep-wake cycle. Try to keep your bedroom as dark as possible to promote a great night's sleep - thick curtains or blinds are ideal - and avoid caffeine before bed. A cup of caffeine-free tea will help you to unwind naturally.

#3. Ask yourself some key questions

Don't waste your evening stressing about that client meeting tomorrow or worrying about deadlines - use your evening to reflect on what you have achieved and think about your goals. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What did I do today to help me progress towards my goals?
  • What 3 things am I grateful for today?
  • What improvements can I make for tomorrow?
  • In 5 years, will I look back and remember what I did today?

#4. Review your goals

Sunday nights are a time when most of us stress about the week ahead. Stop right there! You can use your Sunday evenings productively to write out goals for the week. This should be a relaxing, positive activity, so put on some music, make a cup of tea and create a few bullet points. Every evening during the week, set aside 5-10 minutes to look over your goals and think about what you want to achieve tomorrow.


#5. Meditate and visualise

Meditating can help you to be more positive and mindful, so try setting aside at least 5 minutes for meditation or yoga every evening. Combine your meditative practice with visualisation - thinking about and visualising yourself doing what you want to be doing and achieving your goals - and you'll feel much more positive. Get comfortable in a quiet, dimly-lit corner of your home and focus on your breathing. If you struggle to eliminate distractions, try a meditation video or audio track - there are some great free podcasts out there, or head for YouTube.

#6. Be inspired

Watching a motivational video or reading a self-help book can help you to feel inspired for tomorrow. Taking this time out to do something positive for yourself will not only help you to relax, it could make you feel happier and healthier tomorrow!

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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 2nd Dec 2015 at 15:40

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