Can you believe it’s already February 1st? I only wrote one newsletter last month, I am truly sorry about that! This year is already moving so quickly!
This got me thinking, how can we keep our cheer from the holidays all year round? As you remember last month, my theme for the year was peace. I have definitely started working on how I can continue to do the things I want to do (the stuff that isn’t so fun), in a peaceful way…and I am happy to report I am making strides!
One of the ways I am doing this is by incorporating a bedtime routine.
Here are 5 tips to help you incorporate a bedtime routine into your daily life:
- Set a consistent bedtime and stick to it every night.
- Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bed to avoid the blue light that can interfere with sleep. I tend to put my phone now on DND! I used to wake up to chimes, and vibrations, but now, this forces me to relax before bed. It took some getting used to, but it certainly works.
- Read a book or listen to soothing music to help relax and wind down. I actually can fall asleep by watching TV. I know this doesn’t work for everyone, but I usually put on an animal documentary or like a crime show (something I am not really interested in), and the narration voice puts me to sleep!
- Practice deep breathing exercises or mindfulness meditation to quiet your mind and prepare for sleep. This also helps when I am not watching TV or can’t listen to music. I tend to breathe in for 4, hold for 4, and breathe out for 4. After a few of these, I count backwards from 100.
- Write in a journal to release any worries or stress from the day, or to remember the best part of your day! I usually try to visualize the best part of my day, even if it was that first sip of coffee in the morning. Then this helps me be thankful for that moment. And it helps put my mind at ease right before I go to sleep.
Remember, a bedtime routine should be personalized to meet your individual needs and preferences. Experiment with different activities and find what works best for you. Over time, your bedtime routine will become a natural and enjoyable part of your daily routine, helping you sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. I hope this will help you keep up with your theme this year, and allow for a more peaceful year ahead!