We talk a lot about how your morning goes can positively or negatively impact the rest of your day, but you know what we haven’t talked enough about? How what you do before bed can set the tone for how your morning starts and seep into the day that follows.
Everyone has their own routine but maybe there’s something you could be doing before bed that can prime and prepare you for when you wake up.
Here are 5 things you should do before bed every night!
1. Update your planners and calendars.
This seems like an odd one to have on a list of things to do before you go to sleep, but it can save you so much time and stress in the mornings to come. Why? When you lay down to sleep, your thoughts start zoning in on an invisible to-do list. These thoughts can stir up and evoke feelings of anxiousness and hinder your quality of sleep.
Sit down with your planners and calendars before bed to update them.
- Check off anything that’s been done.
- Add new information (appointments, tasks, etc.)
- Update your to-do list.
When you wake up the next morning, all you need to do is look at it and say, “Alright, Day! I’ve got this.”
2. Make sure you’re hydrated.
We’re not saying slam back glasses of water before you sleep because that would set you up for sleep disruptions courtesy of midnight bathroom breaks, but hydration keeps your body maintained.
Think about it. You’re going to sleep for 5 to 8 hours without as much as a sip of water? Not only that, but there’s a strong correlation between mental health and hydration. Those who properly hydrate reduce the risk of anxiety or depression. Make sure your body is well-equipped to head off into dreamland!
3. Do an act of self care.
It’s hard to squeeze self care into the schedule of a day job so you have to seize any time you have available after hours. Maybe self care looks like doing nothing in bed but self care should also be something that stimulates your senses and makes you feel joy, happiness, or relief. Listen to music, read a book, whatever you consider self care.
If you’re not sure where to start, try the Self Care Planner. It’ll help you work self care into your life daily.
4. Sign off of social media apps at least 1 hour before bedtime.
The longer you’re staring into devices or anything that overloads your mind with information, the longer it’ll take for you to fall asleep. Even when you are asleep, your mind’s subconscious is processing all this information you quickly digested from scrolling through Facebook newsfeeds, Twitter, etc.
Give your mind some room to work in your best interest and sign off of social media apps at least 1 hour before you go to sleep.
5. Think about what you’re grateful for that day.
This is a healthy habit to develop. After all, studies have shown that gratitude can positively shift mindsets and aid mental wellness. So before you go to bed, think about what you’re grateful for that day. We say “that day” because we want to challenge you to find positives even on the most dreadful of days.
If gratitude is something you’re just getting started on or want to improve on, we highly recommend the Gratitude Journal. It’s a 100-day gratitude experience.
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