A Simple Night Time Routine for De-Stressing

With seven out of ten American adults experiencing anxiety daily, finding a way to de-stress and wind down at the end of the day is more important than ever. These are a few things you can incorporate into your routine to make it more relaxing and help your mind wind down successfully:

  • Shut it off: Reducing your screen time at night can drastically improve your ability to fall asleep. For the best results, put your phone down at least an hour before going to bed. This allows you to be present and wind down while concentrating on your relaxing routine.
  • Incorporate Lavender: Lavender is known for promoting calmness and wellness. It interacts with the neurotransmitter GABA to help quiet the brain and nervous system activity. Some items you can include in your routine include essential oils in a diffuser, candles, among other things. Using lavender every day before bed can help signal your brain; it is time to sleep.
  • Take a bath: Even if you are a shower person, soaking helps release physical stress from the body. If you add lavender-scented bath products, it will add a little extra relaxation to your bath.
  • Dial-up the Toons: Listening to classical music or other soft music you love can help de-stress and relax you before going to sleep. 
  • Stretch your body: While exercising before going to bed can have the opposite effect on your body. Yoga is the exception. Stretching your body (and a little mindful meditation) before bed can help calm your mind and relax your body.
  • Use Pen and Paper: Putting your thoughts on paper can help de-clutter your mind and put your thoughts at ease. Most people have difficulty falling asleep because of their thoughts. Journaling and expressing your thoughts will help put the thoughts out of your mind allowing you to relax and fall asleep more swiftly.

Source: https://www.bustle.com/p/15-genius-ways-to-de-stress-before-bed-that-actually-work-67748

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