How To Create A Night Routine To Increase Positivity + Productivity
I was lacking a night routine in my life till as of recent and I seriously don’t know how I was living without one for 25 years.
Since incorporating a night routine into my life a few months back I’ve been experiencing some noticeable differences, including that;
- I’ve never had this much energy (well, maybe before the two kids, ha)
- I fall asleep faster & sleep better
- I have more productive mornings
Overall, I am a happier person now that I’ve committed to a night routine.
If you often feel stressed and/or find it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep, a night routine is your answer.
So, steal my 2019 night routine to increase positivity and productivity in your life!
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The perfect night routine includes these 7 things:
- Shutting down
- Preparing for tomorrow
- Tidying up
- Tending to your mental health
- Skin care
- Going to bed at a reasonable time
A night routine is worth every minute because it will prepare your mind and body for a deep sleep which will, in turn, increase your happiness and productivity in the morning.
1. Shut down from all electronics
SHUT IT DOWN! (Hey, any New Girl fans out there??)
It is no secret that being on your smart-phone or tablet, or watching TV until you go to sleep is super bad for you. (Check out why Reading On A Screen Before Bed [Could] Be Killing you, here.)
Now, do I have your attention?
See, the experts say you should be shutting down from all electronic devices up to two hours before your bedtime – but hey, even thirty minutes is a good start in my books.
I try my best to quit all electronics two hours before bedtime at 11 pm which gives me the perfect amount of time for my night routine checklist.
To stay committed to being off your phone until the next morning, set up a charging station (outside of your bedroom) where you can safely leave your phone until tomorrow.
(Eeeeek! Yes, this means that you need a real alarm clock.)
Pro Tip: Start by shutting down from electronics thirty minutes before bed during your first week and then gradually increase to two hours.
2. Prepare for tomorrow
I have found it to be immensely helpful to prepare for tomorrow, the night before.
And, I get to sleep in longer, so there’s that!
I use my night routine to prepare for tomorrow in two ways:
1. Prepping my meals for tomorrow
2. Picking my outfit out for the morning + workout clothes for gym time
After you’ve shut down from all electronics, prepare your breakfast and lunch for the following day.
Then, pick out your outfit for the morning (whose got time for trying to look cute at
Another great way to prepare for tomorrow is to spend time with your planner so you know what important things need to be crossed off your to-do list.
If you’re in the market for a new planner, Erin Condren’s Life Planner has been my planner baby for as long as I can remember!
Related Reading: The 5 Best Planners To Kick 2019’s Ass
3. Tidy up!
Who likes waking up to a disorganized space? Not me!
Waking up to a full sink of dishes means there’s no way I’ll be able to concentrate on working or whatever else needs to be done.
So, I take the extra time during my night routine checklist to quickly tidy up.
(I tidy up in less than 30 minutes by following these 5 cleaning hacks.)
Having a tidy house before bed ensures that you won’t be searching for your shoes or your keys the next morning!
Related Reading: 5 Cleaning Hacks That Will Leave Your Home Spotless – All The Time!
4. Stretch or do yoga
An amazing thing that you can do for your body and your mind is to include some form of stretching or yoga to your night routine.
Doing yoga or simply stretching help to relax + destress from the day.
Stretching/yoga is also proven to:
- increase flexibility
- improve posture
- prevent injuries
- increase nutrient absorption
- decrease soreness
- calm your mind
Seriously, if you only take one thing away from my night routine, let it be this!
5. Tend to your mental health
Life can get exhausting, especially in this technology-crazed generation that we live in.
So, it’s important to wind down and tend to your mental health at the end of each day.
There are tons of ways to tend to your mental health, but my favorite
- meditating (check out this beginners guide to meditation)
- reading (my latest fav)
- planning (my favorite planner)
All of these options are great ways to cleanse your mind of unwanted thoughts and wind your brain down in preparation for a good nights sleep.
6. Your skin care routine
It wouldn’t be a night routine checklist if you didn’t tend to your skin care routine!
Getting into the habit of loving your skin each night will totally benefit you in the future to keep acne and wrinkles at bay.
I stick to a super simple, cruelty-free skin care routine:
Step 1: Cleanse with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
Step 2: Calm with Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs, And Rosewater
Step 3: Moisturize with Rosehip Oil
Like I said, I keep it quick and simple…cuz I’ve got sleeping to do!
Do whatever works best for your skin, and hop into bed!
P.S. What are your absolute go-to skin care products?! I am always dying to try new things!
7. Go to bed (at a reasonable time!)
Has it really already been two full hours without any electronics?!
AVOID THE TEMPTATION TO CHECK YOUR PHONE BEFORE BED.
Your Twitter feed can wait until the morning 😉
Now that your night routine is coming to an end, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right amount of sleep each night.
Because, regardless of how awesome your night routine is, it won’t be quite as good if you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep for your body.
Try experimenting on days when you don’t need an alarm clock to wake up and see when your body naturally wakes you up from sleeping.
This will help to get an idea of how many hours of sleep your body needs to replenish itself for a new day.
Then, based on your magic number, set a bedtime and stick to it.
Don’t forget to plan two hours in advance of your bedtime to start shutting down!
You’ll also want to make sure your room is optimized for a good nights sleep by keeping the temperature cool and using an essential oil diffusing humidifier!
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