With life being so fast paced and full of commitments, a routine seems like luxury. Which is why one of the major things I’ve been focusing on in the last few months is creating small day to day routines that I can apply regardless of where I am. Things to help relax and ground me. I’m still working really hard at achieving the morning routine, but during the week it just seems like a really hard one – small changes to the day that are incremental and barely noticeable until you realize you’re so much happier than you used to be. My nights have been enjoyable, and also lead to days that are productive and not a chore. Read on for more about creating your own routine.
Leave Work at Work
I’m quite lucky with this one I’m done work at 3pm most days, which means I have a good 6-7 hours of enjoying my evenings. But unfortunately, not many have these hours. Regardless of when you get to leave, blurring the line between work and relaxation is an undeniable way to up your stress and anxiety. When your travelling for work, try to create blocks of time when you have to work, and blocks of time in the evening where it’s all you.
To Do List
A great way to leave work behind is to write a list before you leave the office, whether that office is at home or elsewhere. Even if it means giving an extra half hour to your work time, mentally filing things to do the following day will clear your brain.
This is a pretty easy one for me cause I’m ALWAYS hungry, but optimally you’d eat at 6pm and have lots of time to digest your food and enjoy your evening before you hop into bed. Eating early is also great because it’s a nice line in the sand between emails and relaxing. That’s the dream guys, and if there’s any way you can make it happen then do. If not, focus on eating lightly before bed.
Whether it’s meditation, yoga, a workout or a walk with friends after work, giving your brain some space will help in relaxation and help you really enjoy your night. For me most night it’s a workout following by a nice hot bath, best combination to unwind, in my opinion.
Spend time in Bed
This one is my favourite. If I don’t have any plans and I’m home early, I can easily be in bed by 7:30-8. Most of us just jump into bed late and and hit the light, orrrrrr scroll on our screens for a few hours. But what has really helped me created an enjoyable nightly routine is an hour or so spent in bed, just chilling, painting my nails, reading a book, watching Netflix and really taking it easy. In that way my bed has become a nightly sanctuary rather than all about forcing myself to sleep.
Do you have a nightly routine?