The science of good habits, there is so much research to demonstrate how they prime you for success. They keep us functioning more efficiently, continuously working in your favour throughout the day. Getting into good morning and evening routines are the key to success, productivity and performance. Many people have a morning routine, but we encourage to introduce the same before bed as how you close the day is just as important as how you start.
There are a few universally regarded things in life that keep us all healthy, drink water, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy and varied diet.
Sleep is one of the most important pillars of optimal health. It gives us the opportunity to recharge our batteries and sets you up for the day ahead. Having a good nighttime routine can signal to the brain it’s time for bed as you are going through the motions.
Our evening routine is as follows:
1. Prep for the next day – After work, I like to take the time to get everything ready for tomorrow. Simple things like prepping my lunch / snacks and laying out my clothes for the morning can save you so much stress (and money) in the long run.
2. Tidy up – Having a tidy space makes such a difference to your sleep quality, I discovered this tip from “The Secret to Happiness” by Gretchen Ruben. Tidy space, tidy mind even counts when your eyes are closed! Who knew!
3. Journalling – Taking a few minutes to jot down what I’m grateful for, reflecting on the day’s achievements and prepare goals for the next day. Writing down a quick list of things I want to achieve tomorrow can clear the head of anxiety and stop those niggling worries as soon as your head touched the pillow.
4. Sleep hygiene – I like to have a shower, put lavender oil in the diffuser, switch the phone on aeroplane an hour before bed and do a little light reading before lights out!
This routine isn’t 12 steps long with anything groundbreaking but it’s simple, easy and achievable which I think makes it more likely to stick! Try it and see how you feel. We’d love to hear how you got on.