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Night time Routines that Give You Permission to Relax
If you've landed here I'm guessing you are well versed in the curse of being a work from home mom. Tired and overwhelmed is your normal.
Is your story similar to Sophie's?
Sophie is a mom, solopreneur and wellness coach who works from home. She helps her clients embrace healthier lifestyles and she loves what she does. She works during the day, in between taking care of the family and with a toddler at her side. Then spends 2-3 hours in the evenings with her kids. She cooks dinner, supervises homework assignments, and tucks her children into bed.
After her kids are asleep, Sophie starts up her laptop and starts working again until the wee hours of the morning. Because she’s the only 'employee', she struggles to take any downtime. She wants to be there for her clients 24/7. She’s overwhelmed but she feels guilty when she isn’t working.
What if I told you there are some simple changes you can make to help make it all a little less overwhelming?
Making a few changes to your evening routines can make a big impact on your health, relationships and your business.
Let's start small:
You know that small elephant in the room: Technology
Disconnecting Is Essential
Sophie described her nighttime routine to her business coach. Her coach asked a question that caught Sophie’s attention, “What if every evening you created a sweet space where you slow down, shut the loudness of the world out for a while and focused on creating more of what you want in your life and relationships?”
Like Sophie, you may think that sounds like great advice for someone’s personal life. But shutting down and relaxing at night can be a powerful way for entrepreneurs to bring their focus back to the core. This will give you fresh energy and enthusiasm so you can rock it again in a new day. But how do you give your mind and body space to rest?
Try using some of these solutions…
Consider a Technology Curfew
Choose a time in the evenings when you’ll shut down your technology. Tablets and smartphones generate a lot of light and this light often makes it difficult for you to relax when it’s time to sleep.
But what if you’re one of those people that has to play a game on your iPad right before bed or what if you like to binge-watch Netflix until you’re sleepy?
Look in your device settings and see if your tablet or smartphone has “night shift” or “night mode”. There are also programs you can install on your computers that automatically adjust your lighting to protect your eyes and sleeping patterns. There are two apps I know of that are free and available for both iOS and Windows The IRIS app even forces you to take regular breaks => https://iristech.co/ , but F.LUX https://justgetflux.com/ is also really good and the one I use.
Switching your devices to night mode means the lighting is subtly shifted to reflect reds and oranges. These colors cause your brain to produce melatonin, the hormone that allows you to get a good night’s sleep.Switching your devices to night mode means the lighting is subtly shifted to reflect reds and oranges. These colors cause your brain to produce melatonin, the hormone that allows you to get a good night’s sleep. Click To Tweet
You might even want to consider purchasing special glasses to wear at night to block out the blue light that is emitted from LED lightbulbs and the other electronic devices in your home.
Silence Your Notifications
If you get notifications from your email or news sites, turn these off every night. The content on the news is often depressing and many of the images are disturbing. This can make it hard for you to sleep at night or cause you to have nightmares.
As for email notifications, they’ll only add more tumbling thoughts to your mind. That same urgent email will still be in your inbox waiting for you tomorrow morning. So, why not tackle it when you’re at your freshest?
Lock Yourself Out
If you’re seriously addicted to your devices, you can use an app like Freedom to lock yourself out. Set your schedule in advance and the app will prevent you from doing tasks like browsing the internet or playing with apps during your chosen time.
You could use this to set an 8-hour block, ensuring you get plenty of time to relax and rest each night. Try blocking social media sites, which is perfect if you spend hours every night scrolling through your Instagram feed while you’re in bed.
The first step to making over your night time routines is to disconnect from technology so you can slow down and relax. Doing this lets you greet each new morning with an abundance of energy and joy.The first step to making over your night time routines is to disconnect from technology so you can slow down and relax. Doing this lets you greet each new morning with an abundance of energy and joy. Click To Tweet
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