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When you’re creating a healthy daily routine, it’s common to focus more on the mornings. However, if you want to reduce stress, feel happier and be more productive the next day, you’re going to want to also put effort into how you end your day and your nightly routine.
Here, we’ll look at some of the things you can add to your routine to end the day the right way.
Write a gratitude list
Studies have shown that making a list of the things you’re grateful for before you go to bed can deliver great benefits. It forces the mind to focus on the positive, helping you to sleep better and feel generally happier.
You should aim to write at least three things you’re grateful for that day. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, it could just be you’re grateful to be alive. What’s clever about this tip, is that the more time you spend focusing on the positive, the more positive things you’ll start to notice.
No caffeine after 4:30 pm
Sleep troubles are said to affect the majority of adults. There are a lot of things that can contribute to a bad night’s sleep. However, a common culprit is caffeine.
Experts suggest avoiding caffeine after 4:30 pm. However, if you want to play it safe, stop consuming caffeine early in the afternoon. Many people don’t realize that it can stay in your system for hours, impacting both the quantity and quality of your sleep.
Each evening, you should set aside time for something relaxing in your schedule. That could be having a nice long soak in the bath, reading or catching up on your favorite shows.
While technology can be a great source of entertainment, you’ll want to avoid using it at least an hour before bed. This is because watching TV or playing on your smartphone can keep the brain awake. So, switch to something like reading before bed and notice how much difference it makes to your sleep.
Plan for the morning
If you want your mornings to run smoothly, it helps to get things prepared the night before. While it may seem like an additional effort, the little time you spend in the evenings planning for the next day will make a huge difference to your mornings.
Get your clothes ready, make and pack lunches for you and the kids and get their things ready too. The more you manage to get done in the evenings, the better your mornings will go.
Create the best sleep environment
As well as ensuring you stop consuming caffeine before 4:30 pm, there are other things you can do to promote a good night’s sleep.
Ensuring your sleep environment is relaxing and set up for sleep is a good idea. The room should be clean, comfortable and the right temperature. Did you know for example, that you sleep a lot better when the room is slightly colder than body temperature?
Spending a little time making sure your bedroom is ready for sleep can make a surprising difference to the quality of your sleep.
Spend some time meditating
Finally, if you really want to end the day in the right way, you might want to consider meditation. If you’ve never done it before, you might find it challenging at first. However, the longer you practice, the easier it will become.
Meditation calms the mind and gets you ready for sleep. Once you’ve gotten used to it, you might find you can’t finish your evenings without it due to the relaxing benefits it presents.
Overall, the key to a healthy work and life balance is routine. You’ll want to focus on both your morning and nightly routines if you want to boost productivity and happiness during the day.
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