I’m a huge fan of The Daily Love and loved one of their latest videos so much I just had to share – These rituals are the difference between success and failure.
I couldn’t agree more that you morning and nighttime rituals are extremely important for setting the tone for your day. And truthfully, your life. Yes, there are going to be bad days. Yes, there are going to be extraordinarily early mornings.
But how you prepare yourself is the key to making those bad days more bearable and those good days even better.
I’ve had sleeping issues since college – Confessions of a Former Insomniac – So I’ve long been aware of the importance of having a relaxing nighttime regime to help promote quality sleep. As I’ve learned more about health, nutrition, and myself, I’ve added new things to my routine.
Food – I try not to eat too close to bedtime, especially a carb-heavy meal. A full stomach keeps me awake and after a carby dinner I’ll wake up starving the next morning.
Drink – I mix a magnesium based drink every night called Natural Calm. Not only does it promote relaxation, but you can get it fortified with extra calcium. I can’t recommend this highly enough, even more so than melatonin.
Lights – I have an app on all my electronics that dims them starting at 6pm so that if I happen to check my phone or laptop, I’m not shocked back into wakefulness by the bright screen. I also start dimming the lights all over my apartment so that I’m in the mood for bed.
Entertainment – While I’ll occasionally have a movie or show on for background noise if I’m writing at night, I try to turn everything off an hour before bed and pick up – GASP – A book. I have my weekend books and my weeknight books to make sure that I don’t grab something too exciting or stimulating that I’ll stay up all night to finish.
Yes, that has happened.
More than once.
Relax – Every night I take a bath. Sometimes it’s five minutes, sometimes it’s thirty. Just depends on the night. On a good night I break out the candles, my book, and essential oils, so by the time I’m done I’m ready to hop into bed.
Bedtime – I’ve slept with earplugs in for years and they’re still an important part of my routine. They block out the little noises, like my cats, that would normally keep me from falling asleep.
Tell me – Do YOU have a nighttime ritual?