(AscendHealthy.com) – Sometimes, preparing for bed takes a bit of work after a busy, fast-paced day. From grabbing a late dinner to helping kids with last-minute homework, the effects of a stressful night can carry through the night and into the morning. That’s why changing things up a bit the night before might be just what we need for a better start to the next day. Here’s a sample of what to add to a nighttime makeover.
When lying in bed at night, thoughts of what didn’t get done that day can race in abundance and make it difficult to fall asleep. Sore muscles, racing thoughts and prepping for the next day can make it hard to wind down at night. Instead of a jog, slow it down with some yoga.
Use this time to practice mindfulness and meditation. Stretch out knotted muscles and focus on good energy. This practice can be an excellent addition to a nighttime makeover routine that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged in the morning.
Prep Chores Ahead of Time
One of the best things we can do to revamp our nighttime routine is to change up what we need to do in the morning. If waking up and hitting the floor running while whipping together lunches, doing chores and getting to work on time is a constant challenge, consider prepping the night before. That way, mornings can flow easier.
Map Out the Next Day
Taking a moment at the end of the day to see what all we’ve accomplished is important. It allows us time to add to tomorrow’s to-do list or plan for the end of the week or month. Map out a schedule ahead of time can help us destress because we have a better idea of how much time we might need to get everything done. We can also prioritize what’s most important.
Write it down and keep it close to prevent accidentally forgetting important tasks that could get overlooked during a busy morning or day. Some people find using the calendar feature in their smart phones can really help with tracking tasks and appointments.
Journal Your Thoughts
Some of us wake up in the morning with a million things running through our heads — thoughts that might have been there all night. We might benefit from taking some time each evening and writing down whatever is on our minds, positive or negative, and letting it lead us where it will.
Expressing ourselves can be truly healing and may help calm racing, obsessive thoughts. They need somewhere to go, and putting them on paper in a journal gives them their own space and frees up the mind for a restful night’s sleep.
Implementing a few of these techniques might make our mornings easier and healthier. By planning ahead and starting before we go to bed at night, we can ease the stress of today and maybe tomorrow, too. Clearing our minds, planning for the day ahead and relaxing as much as possible are all smart starting points. Give it a try. What do we have to gain? A good night’s sleep and a productive day ahead!
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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