Everyone knows that a morning routine is important, but have you ever thought about the importance of a nighttime routine? I never really thought about it until one night I realized that I had kinda unconsciously been following a nighttime routine and it really got me wound down for the night.
A nighttime routine can be as simple as turning off all screens before you go to bed and winding down with a good book or your journal. Or you can include as many things as you like. The whole purpose of a nighttime routine is pretty much the opposite of a morning routine – a morning routine gets you ready for a productive day. A nighttime routine lets you relax so you can get a better night’s sleep. I guess they’re kinda similar, at that.
I think a nighttime routine is just as important as a morning routine. It sort of tells your brain that it’s time to slow down and rest. When I don’t follow my nighttime routine, I have a harder time going to sleep because my brain’s still going strong.
So what do you need to incorporate into a bedtime routine? It all depends on your lifestyle and what you like or need to do in order to relax. It’s fully adaptable to your individual needs!
My nighttime routine is very, very simple and really consists of three main things.
1 – get ready for bed
That’s kinda a given. 😉 But it is still important! Brushing my teeth and getting dressed into my pajamas automatically turns my brain towards going to bed. I haven’t figured out a good skincare routine yet, but once I do, that’s also going to be part of this step.
2 – plan for the next day
If I don’t write down what I know I need to get done the next day, my brain keeps spinning with a to do list. I literally think in checklists, so it helps me to get it out of my head and down on paper. This also helps me get a quicker start to my morning the next day, since I already know the main things I’ve got to get done. If you have always-changing responsibilities like me, it might help to write down your list on a scrap of paper or a sticky note at night, then transfer it into a more solid plan the next morning when you know more specifically what you have to do.
Or, if you want a planner page that has everything already laid out for you and you just have to fill it in, just put your email address in the little box below and I’ll send you the password to the freebie library page where you can pick and choose one of your liking (plus you can get a planner page customized just for you!). The daily planner page pictured here has room for a checklist, water tracking, a meal plan, your top three priorities, and a box where you can jot down some motivation for your day!
3 – quiet time
Remember how I shared how important it is to start out your day with God? It’s super important to end your day with Him, too. And it’s amazing how much more peaceful your sleep is when you’ve “[cast] all your cares upon Him” (1 Peter 5:7). My quiet time consists of reading a short devotional and then writing in my prayer journal.
Now it’s time for you to figure out your nighttime routine!
Yours doesn’t have to look like mine. And I don’t follow mine exactly every night. Sometimes between getting ready for bed and planning out the next day, I’ll read a book for awhile. Or sometimes it’s super late and the sister I share a room with is already in bed with all the lights out, so I have to skip planning and prayer journaling altogether and pray in bed.
Something else that helps is turning off the screens a good while before you settle in for the night. Some people say 30 minutes, some people say a few hours.
Also, especially if you’re self-employed or work from home, I would encourage you to have a definite shut-off time for work. I try to turn off my laptop around 4:30 every afternoon. I still crochet in the evenings, but it doesn’t feel like work and it gives my hands something to do while we watch a movie.
Here’s a list of some ideas you can incorporate into your nighttime routine!
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but hopefully it’ll get you started. Do you follow a nighttime routine? Is there anything else you would recommend? Let us know in the comments! Maybe someone will be more helped by your comment than my blog post. 😉
Until next time,
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