One thing that has a huge effect on your mood is sleep. When we are well rested we feel happier, we have more energy and our mind is refreshed.
By following this quick routine just before bed, not only will you get a better nights sleep, but it will also help you to end your day with positivity! So if you need to reset your sleeping pattern, or find a way to end a bad day on a positive note carry on reading! There’s a little free download for you if you read til the end!
Put your phone on airplane mode.
We’ve all been there, we said we were going to get an early night and 3 hours later we are still aimlessly scrolling on social media! So to start off your positive night time routine, put your phone on airplane mode. This way you are not going to get any notifications tempting you back onto social media, and you can start to unwind. The blue light emitted by your phone actually reduces the release of melatonin in the brain, which is what controls our sleep cycle! So by putting your phone on airplane mode, you are allowing your body to relax and start to get ready for sleep!
Tidy or clean something for 5 minutes.
The next step is to set a timer on your phone for 5 minutes, and spend that time having a little tidy or clean. You might pick up some clothes off the floor, tidy your dressing table, give your bathroom a quick wipe over, or get rid of all the receipts in your handbag. Just find something small you can do, but make sure you only do it for 5 minutes! This isn’t the time to start re-organising your wardrobe or hoovering the whole house, it’s just a little tidy up. We have all heard the saying before tidy house, tidy mind and it’s true! Taking a little time to tidy, will create a more calm environment for you to relax in, and will also give you a small sense of achievement to end your day.
Make your room cosy
If you have lots of bright lights on, it’s going to be hard to switch off as it will still feel like daytime. Turn a small lamp on, plug in some fairy lights, light a candle and turn the big light off. By making the room darker, you’ll feel yourself relax even more and should feel extra cosy and ready for bed.
Have a shower
I know this is kind of obvious, it’s basic hygiene. But, did you know that having a warm shower before bed can actually help you have a better nights sleep? When you have a shower, the hot water and steam raises your body temperature, and then when you get out of the shower it lowers. This action of cooling down mimics what naturally happens when you fall asleep! So by having a shower before bed, your body will feel like it’s falling asleep as you cool down, making you feel tired, and more ready for bed. I also love to use a shower gel with aromatherapy oils in to make me feel even sleepier!
Write in a journal
Reflecting on the day can help to refocus your thoughts and help you stay positive. I like to write down what I did that day, how I was feeling, some things to be grateful for, and some things I want to do the next day. This helps me to process any thoughts I am having that day, reminds me of good things I already have in my life, and also helps me to set intentions for the following day. If you like the law of attraction, you can also write down some affirmations too!
By taking the time to write a few things down you can clear your mind, set yourself up for the following day, and end your day thinking about all the good things in your life. This should leave you with a calm mind and positive thoughts as you go to sleep. It also helps to make the next day more positive and productive too, as you can re-read what you’ve written in the morning! If you need a little help with this, I’ve created a free before bed reflection sheet that you can download at the bottom of this post!
These 5 simple steps should not take you longer than 15 minutes, and by the end you should be feeling positive, calm and ready for bed. If you still feel awake after following this routine, I would recommend reading until you feel tired, making sure you stay away from your phone! By switching off from technology, and creating a cosy and relaxing atmosphere you should get a great nights sleep, and hopefully you’ll wake up tomorrow feeling even more positive!
If you have any other ways to end your day positively, or improve your sleep comment below as I’d love to know!
Stay safe & stay positive,