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Create a Tranquil Space
Night time routines are important but so is setting the scene. Your bedroom environment can shape your night time routine even if you don’t realize it. That’s why it’s so important that you take some time to create a tranquil space where you can relax and enjoy a restful night’s slumber. Start by following these tips…
Organize Your Bedroom
It’s hard to sleep in a space where every surface is cluttered. Having books stacked all around the room or having half of your makeup products all over your dresser can make your room feel cluttered.
Take a good look at your sleeping space. How can you organize it? Perhaps you need another book case or maybe you need a storage basket for your beauty products. If you have a bedside table, arrange it so only the items you truly need are stored on it.
Consider a Noise Machine
If you have noisy neighbors or if you’re a light sleeper, you may want to get a noise machine. A noise machine will create ambient noise so you’re less likely to hear other sounds.
Some noise machines can be programmed to play nature sounds. This can be helpful if you find the sound of waves lapping the shore calming or if you think the sound of a rainy thunderstorm is soothing.
Use Essential Oils
Another way to make your bedroom a tranquil space is to use essential oils that promote a healthy night’s rest. Lavender has a smell like fresh laundry and can be soothing. Put a few drops on your pillow and enjoy sweet dreams all night long.
If you don’t like the sweet scent of lavender, then you may want to choose cedarwood instead. This essential oil smells like wood and can make you think of exploring in a lush forest.
Check out my essential oil resource page to help you find oils.
Put on Some Guided Meditation
When you’re having trouble drifting to sleep, turn on a guided meditation. You can find millions of meditation videos on site like YouTube. One popular video is Floating Amongst the Stars, an hour long meditation that’s sure to have you yawning in no time.
If you’re experiencing anxiety and that’s making it difficult for you to sleep, then you may want to look for a video like this Release Worry Guided Meditation. It’s an hour long meditation designed to help ease anxiety and promote peaceful thoughts.
Creating a tranquil space doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s just about making sure your space is one that helps you to relax and unwind.
Night Time routines – Taking Time to Reflect on Your Day
One of the best things you can do at the end of each day is to take time for reflection. Reflecting on your day eases stress and anxiety. It also helps you process what you’ve learned and allows you the space to work through problems that are troubling you.
Note important things.
These are usually the items you don’t want to forget and they tend to fit into one of these three categories: follow up, delegation, and to do. Follow up tasks usually involve communication centered activities. For example, invoicing a client for this week’s work or emailing your joint venture partner about an upcoming launch.
Delegation is for tasks could be easily outsourced. As for your to do category, only tasks that must be done by you should go here. Tasks like brainstorming your next project or writing your next book belong in that list.
Make a gratitude list.
If you don’t regularly make a gratitude list, this can be a hard exercise at first. But don’t give up even if your list seems pretty basic at first. The more you practice gratitude the more you’ll find reasons to be grateful.
Savor the small things—think about experiences you’ve had today that you were genuinely glad for. Did a client give you a compliment that made your heart swell? Did you get to watch the sun rise? Did your spouse send you a text message reminding you that you’re loved?
Share what you’ve learned.
What did you learn today that you might want to remember tomorrow? Did you learn that you can schedule your invoices in advance saving you time? Did you discover your followers respond best to certain types of social media posts?
You can extend this question past your professional life. Did you learn something new about your spouse? Did you take a quiz that shed light on your personality? Did you listen to your teenager and discover a personality quirk you hadn’t noticed before?
Night time routines to Honor Your Mind and Body with Self-Care
Before doing a presentation at a conference, a women’s speaker had a table set up. On the table, she placed fifty empty cups and one full pitcher. She took the full pitcher and filled several cups.
Eventually, the pitcher was emptied but there were still cups that hadn’t been filled. She showed the empty pitcher to her audience. “How can I continue to fill these cups?”
After a pause, she answered her own question, “I can’t. Not without filling the pitcher again. Just like the pitcher must be filled again before it can continue, so must you. That’s why self-care is so important.”
Self-care allows you to replenish your own strength and natural energy. You can make it part of your night time routine by following these tips:
Some people enjoy taking a warm shower or bubble bath at night. It gives you a chance to wash away the dirt and grime of the day and it can help set the stage for a peaceful night’s sleep.
If you prefer to shower in the mornings, then make sure you wash your face before bed. This helps you to remove makeup and lotions you may have put on earlier in the day. If you leave these products on your face overnight, you’ll be blocking your pores and increasing your chances of developing an acne outbreak.
Play Soft Music
As you to unwind and prepare for bed, listen to music. Pick songs that soothe you and leave you feeling relaxed. You could even create a few playlists designed for your night time routine.
You may also want to try going to YouTube and searching for “sleep music” without quotations. You’ll find millions of results to choose from. With so many options, you’re sure to find something you’ll like.
Bust Out Your Comfy PJs
As part of your self-care routine, change into your favorite night wear. Pick the type of night wear that makes you feel comfortable.
If you love silky night dresses and they make you happy, then buy a few to wear to bed. If you prefer flannel PJs because you love how warm they are, buy flannel PJs. Always wear night clothes that make you feel good about yourself.
Make self-care a priority each evening. You deserve to feel your best every night.
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