Hope you are having a wonderful morning!
So in case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of Katie Dalebout of the Wellness Wonderland. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned from her is that it can be really powerful to incorporate a morning and evening routine during your day.
I shared a little about my own morning routine in this post, and you can check out Katie’s morning routine ideas in this post.
Today, however, I wanted to share a bit about what I do in the evenings to unwind and create sacred space before bed. If you want to see other awesome posts about how to have better sleep, check out the Wellness Wonderland’s Sleep Week.
1). Legs up the Wall
I love this pose, and it is so important if you are someone who stands or moves around all day. If you’re a teacher, a nurse, or you work in sales, at a coffee shop or grocery store, this pose is for you! This pose is not only relaxing, and feels super awesome without any real work, but it is also really great for circulation. This helps to get blood back from your feet and legs up to your heart so it can re-oxygenate. Your veins have to work really hard to pump that deoxygenated blood from your feet back to your heart, and when you stand all day it can create stagnant blood and varicose veins. This simple pose can help you feel relaxed, bring blood to your digestive system and heart, and is an awesome way to close out the day. Definitely one of my favs!
2). Giving Thanks or write down 3 things that went well that day
This is a great way to close out the night, and create subtle shifts of energy in how you view your life. When you are able to give thanks, you are able to ground yourself and attract more of what is going well in life. It also helps prevent you from getting caught up in that the mindset that you need more. Gratitude turns what you have into enough.
Writing down three things that went we’ll that day can help you feel more accomplished, and make you more able to want to succeed the next day. It’s really easy to focus on what didn’t go well, so changing your thought patterns to focus on what is going well can help you feel so much better, and will not stress you out before going to sleep. These don’t always have to be huge overwhelming wins, it can be about celebrating getting up in the morning, taking a shower, or whatever good things you did that day (smiling or holding the door for a stranger), whatever you count as a success.
3).Lights off, Coziness In
Turn off your electronics, and set the mood with dimmer lights and read or listen to something that makes you feel warm and cozy. This can help settle your soul if you have stressful days, and can be a wonderful “me time” before bed. No expectations, nothing to learn, just cozy on up and fill your soul with something peaceful. I love using Lavender Essential oil to add a nice cozy, relaxing scent to my evenings. It helps to tell my brain “you can settle down now” and makes me feel lovely all at the same time.
4). Wash off your day
If you work in a stressful job, or are a healer in any capacity working with people incorporating a quick shower or bath at night is a great way to rinse off your day. This can be a physical and metaphorical representation of rinsing off other people’s energy so you can focus on yourself.
Another way to wash off your day is to spend 5 minutes picking up my room to get things in order so clutter isn’t bothering me or stressing me out at night. It also is super helpful for creating smoother mornings.
If you feel like you can’t go to sleep at night due to energy, or find yourself feeling stiff from your day, incorporating some light stretching or a yin yoga practice in the evening may be just what you need. Focusing on holding poses, releasing energy from the day, and opening yourself up and realigning your body can help you feel more relaxed and will help reverse effects of sitting at a desk or doing task that are holding your body back.
I also use a tennis ball to roll out my back sometimes before bed, which is a great way to relax your muscles and de-stress before bed!
Do you incorporate routines into you days? What are some of your favorite routines?