De-stress Before Bed

Do you wish you could wake up feeling more refreshed? It can be as simple as making some changes to your routine before bed! Try these tips to wind down and get into bed ready to sleep soundly!

 

Get ready for tomorrow

Start by writing down any important tasks you need to do tomorrow or getting your clothes ready for the next day. Writing little reminders to yourself and preparing things the night before reduces the chance that you’ll be lying in bed thinking about them!

 

STRETCH!

A few minutes spent stretching and focusing on your breathing can help to increase the flow of blood to your muscles, which can help with your body’s recovery. Stretching can be good for reducing some of the tension that builds up naturally during the day.

 

Have a cup of tea

When you’re trying to prepare your body for sleep, it might be a good idea to skip the coffee (or alcohol, if you drink it) and have a cup of tea instead. Remember that coffee is a stimulant, so it can actually make you feel more awake. Coffee is more than just a warm drink, there are lots of other ways coffee affects your body. If you like to have a warm drink in the evening, try a calming herbal tea such as chamomile or passion fruit.

 

Get comfortable

Who doesn’t love getting into their pyjamas? Once you put them on, don’t you just feel so much more comfortable and at ease? You want to be as comfy as possible when you’re trying to sleep, so put on something that won’t make you feel too hot, and that isn’t going to get tangled up if you roll over at night!

 

Do your nightly skincare routine

I always moisturise my skin when I’m getting ready for bed, I love skin care so it feels pretty relaxing for me! The nice smells of your skin care products can also have a calming effect, which can help before bed.

 

Quiet your mind

How you do this is totally up to you, but something I can’t recommend enough is putting down your electronics! As I’ve written about before, technology can actually affect your ability to fall asleep by keeping your brain active. Try some light meditation or spend some time reading instead.

 

I’m sure we would all be happy to fall asleep easier, am I right? Taking time to wind down can make it much easier to get a better sleep and wake up feeling happier.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

19 thoughts on “De-stress Before Bed

  1. I love this post. Can I also suggest two more ideas?

    When you meditate, or try to, you might realize there is a lot more on your mind than expected, making it difficult to clear your head. Capturing those thoughts on paper will help you:

    1) learn more about what’s been bugging you (whether you realize it or not)
    2) frees up mental space (because whatever slipped your mind before is now written down)
    3) makes you more aware of your own thoughts, behaviours, problems, life, etc.
    4) gives you a chance to dissect everything and solve bigger problems, and
    5) another chance to think about something bigger, like how to achieve a life long goal or dream

    Also, making your bed as soon as you wake up will add a pleasant moment in your evening when you prepare to hop into a well-made, comfy bed for the night. 🙂

    Thank you for your post!

    – SleepyBrian

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  2. Thanks for sharing these tips! One thing I’ve discovered recently that has helped put my mind at ease at night is keeping a Gratitude Journal in which I write down at least 3 things that I’m grateful for from that day.

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  3. Great post with lots of fab ideas. I always wind the evening down by planning the next day in my journal. I also list all that I’m grateful for that day.
    Once in bed I practice mindfulness, concentrating on the feel of the sheets against my skin, stretching out the muscles in my legs, etc. If I can’t settle I pop my iPod shuffle on and listen to the sound of the sea, whale song, the wind through the branches of a tree, etc. I also like to take time out to meditate and listen to relaxing music during the day if life gets a bit stressful.

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