Evening routines are extremely important to living the life you love. They help to wind down your day and set the next morning up for success. A lot of busy moms don’t feel like they have time for an evening routine and so skip it. Often times we do have an evening routine, it’s just chaos. Turning that chaos into order and flow will help you to feel less stressed and more in love with your life. Evening routines do not need to be complicated. Here are five must dos for your evening routine which combined can take less than 10 minutes to complete. Get the free checklist below, to help you take action on improving your evenings today.
Stretching is essential to helping your body relax at the end of the day. Stretching does not need to be elaborate or even make you sweat. In fact some of my favorite evening stretches I do right in my bed.
Here are a list of stretches you can do while sitting in your bed. Hold each one of the stretches for 3 to 5 seconds and you’re done.
- Stretch your hands over your head.
- Touch your toes.
- Bend at the waist and stretch each side.
- Roll your head back-and-forth.
- Shake your head yes and no.
- Arch and round your back.
Wash Your Face/Brush Your Teeth
I don’t hate to break it to ya, your hygiene matters. Each evening, take the time to wash your face and brush your teeth. You don’t have to have an elaborate five step facial routine. You also do not need to break out the WaterPik, floss, mouthwash and toothbrush. If you do, more power to you that truly is awesome. If you don’t, that’s OK. Just get some soap and water on your face and get a toothbrush with toothpaste in your mouth before you go to bed. You will feel better going to sleep with a clean face and mouth
Write 3 Things You’re Grateful For
The more you work at being grateful the better your life will be.Gratitude is truly life-changing. It’s unfortunate that it’s something that we have to work at but it’s also a blessing that it something we can work at.
Each evening think of three things you’re grateful for and write them down. You can do this in several ways. You could write down one thing you’re grateful for from the day before, one thing you’re grateful for from that very day and one thing you are grateful for that will come tomorrow.
You could write down three things that you’re grateful for and from that day. You can write down one person that you’re grateful for, one experience that you’re grateful for and one thing from that day that you’re grateful for. Or just write down three things in general that you’re great for.
Reminding yourself that there is good in the world and that there are things you appreciate and feel gratitude about will help to clear out negative thoughts and put you on your way to sweet dreams.
Write Down The #1 Thing You Need To Do Tomorrow
Writing down the most important thing you need to do tomorrow can you help you to sleep easy knowing that you have already thought through what will make or break your day. Write it down and get it out of your head so that you can sleep. In the morning you can focus on how you’re actually going to achieve that thing. Writing down the most important thing you need to do the next day helps to give you clarity on how you need to structure your day. That clarity will help you to plan and organize your day.
Hydration is key to survival. After a long day you want to be sure that your body has enough water in it to do the proper replenishment it needs to do when you are asleep. Have a glass of water or a hot cup of tea before you go to bed and make sure that you are properly hydrated. I like to also keep a glass of water by the side of my bed. That way if I wake up in the middle of the night I have water right there that I can drink to help stay hydrated.
There is no need to have an elaborate evening routine if that doesn’t fit into your life. You just read five actions that you can take each evening to help you live a better life and combined they can all take less than 10 minutes. Even better than that is the fact they take less than 10 minutes is, that these are all things that you can do with your family. You can make this evening routine a part of the evening routine you do with both your spouse and your kids. It might be really cool if at the end of the day you all, brush your teeth and stretch together, then take a moment to share what you’re grateful for and what you need to do tomorrow, have a cup of tea and then go to sleep. The most important thing is that you start this today. If you do, you’ll be more likely to continue improving your evening routine and how you feel about life. You can download the checklist below to help you get started.
If you are looking for more self-care tips, check out this article on self-care for moms who have no time.
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