How to Start an Evening Routine that Sets Up Your Mornings for Success
Any parent knows that one of the most vital parts of a child’s development is getting them into a good nighttime routine. Of course, how well they stick to it varies, but it’s thought to be important to set them up right for the next day.
As adults, we tend not to stick to bedtimes or routines as religiously… but why not? Shouldn’t we be setting ourselves up to have maximum energy so we feel rested for the day ahead?
You might find that a nighttime routine helps you start and end your day with more purpose and intention. Here are a few ideas for how to get started, although your routine should always be tailored to what works for you. Have fun and experiment with it!
Prepare for the morning
If you’re anything like me, your brain might be a little foggy first thing in the morning. This often leads to being forgetful or in a panic in the mornings, trying to get ready for the day. Incorporating little tasks into your night-time routine doesn’t just give you a familiar rhythm for the evening, it also makes things easier for you the following morning.
You might want to program the coffee maker, declutter your kitchen counter or home office space, lay out your clothes for the next day, or complete any other little tasks that normally fill up your morning.
Spend time reflecting
It’s also important to gradually wind down before bed. You won’t sleep restfully if you go from 100 to 0 immediately. Spend the hour or so before you go to bed drinking a calming tea and doing something restful.
This could be journaling about your day, listening to a podcast, or reading your favorite book. Try to avoid screentime the hour or so before bed, too! The goal is to let your mind and body relax.
Stick to a bedtime
Try to stick to roughly the same bedtime each night, so your body is used to the rhythm. Adults should get at least eight hours of good sleep a night, so plan backwards accordingly.
If you need to be up by 7:00 a.m. each morning, go to bed by 11:00 p.m. - or earlier, if you know it takes you a little while to fall asleep. Plan your reflection time earlier than that.
Do you have any ideas about having a nighttime routine? I’d love to hear about them!