A nighttime routine has shown to be beneficial for many reasons. The first reason is kick-starting getting into the habit of prioritizing time for yourself. Structuring this “me time” into your schedule allows you to be accountable for becoming consistent and creating a ritual to look forward to.
Be present at night so you can plan for the following day. Shift your mindset to thinking about things and plans for yourself, instead of work. Our brain works like a light switch, turning on or off based on our surroundings. Silent work-related notifications and change into comfortable clothes. Changing out of work clothing will create separation between spaces and open the opportunity to shift your state of mind.
Listen to your body, and only do tasks that don’t require a lot of brain power at night. Let your brain slowdown, turn off harsh lights and avoid using your phone. If you aren’t sleeping a full 7 plus hours a night, try to reach a full night’s sleep by going to bed just 10 minutes earlier each week. Everyone is different but working your way up to 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night is a healthy recommendation.
Lastly, remember not to eat too late at night, and avoid drinking caffeine after 12pm. This will help in achieving the best sleep possible. Studies have shown that an early dinner is good for digestion. Eating before 7 pm can be just as beneficial as eating healthier food options.
The key takeaway here is to set aside time for yourself and create a routine that compliments your needs. Utilize trial and error to discover what helps you feel more rested and recharged for the following day.
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