Consistency is key to building and sustaining healthy habits and that’s why I am a big advocate for morning and nighttime routines (check out my previous post on My Morning Routine). I believe that a mindful morning routine sets the tone of your whole day and I also believe that a nourishing evening routine impacts the quality of your sleep.
A mindful evening routine is a beautiful act of self-care that I think everyone should make time for. The way you spend your time before you bed, effects how your body is able to rest. Restful sleep is essential for health – physically and mentally. To feel your best, I recommend that you sleep 7-8 hours every single night.
I try to dedicate the last 1-2 hours of my day for slowing down and preparing my body for rest. Here’s My Evening Routine and what makes me feel best:
- Enjoy a warm cup of tea. I like making my own tea using chamomile, skullcap, and peppermint (about 1/2-1 teaspoon of each). I also mix 1 teaspoon of magnesium powder (this is my favourite) into my warm cup of tea. Tip: Finish your tea 1 hour before bed, this will allow your body time to clear your bladder so you won’t have to get up in the middle of the night.
- Put away all technology. Put all technology away at least 1 hour before bed (this is a non-negotiable). In this last hour of your day, do something that you enjoy and that doesn’t require technology. Ideas? Read your favourite book, meditate or breathe deeply, spend time with your partner, journal, etc.
- Enjoy the darkness. Just like the light from technology negatively impacts our sleep, being in a bright house or room can also negatively impact our sleep. Darkness is a natural signal to our body to wind down for rest. If you’re not ready for complete darkness, dim the lights or light your favourite candles.
- Incorporate essential oils. I love using lavender essential oil in my evening routine. My favourite way to use this oil is to diffuse on my bedside table (this is my favourite essential oil diffuser) or massage 1-2 drops directly into the bottoms of my feet.
- Make bedtime consistent. Find and stick to a consistent bedtime that works for you. Routine is key for our bodies to create the natural hormones + chemicals that help us rest.
I encourage you to make time your evening routine – I can almost promise that you will sleep so much better, have more energy and improve your overall health.
Do you already have an evening routine that works for you? I would love to hear from you! Please comment below, xx