The evening is great time to prepare yourself for the perfect tomorrow. Scrolling mindlessly through your phone not only disrupts your sleep, it’s also not a good use of time before bed, as it’s the ideal time to reflect and recalibrate after a long day.
An evening routine doesn’t need to be long - 30 minutes is enough. Making a habit of your evening routine (we all know the power of habit) allows you to be more in tune with your goals, help you unload after a stressful day, and so much more. In fact, some people’s creative cycle starts from the evening. If you aren’t a morning person like me, the below tips are ideal to maximise your more productive hours. We’ve listed some practices that have helped to shape our evening routines, which we hope can inspire yours!
A tidy and clean space is always good for productivity, as you can create an environment that allows your mind to relax, enabling a better night’s sleep. Although a messy room can actually leads to generate more creativity ideas, a clutter-free space has been shown to help de-stress. My first thing to do after shower is to tidy-up my room at least twice a week, and pick out what I’m going to wear the next day, so I don’t have to rush through it in the morning. I will also take care of the succulent plant in my room.
Journaling is a great way to review your day, and give you a clearer picture of the things you need to achieve next day. If you aren’t sure how to kickstart journaling, one of the easiest ways to start is marking down something that you are grateful for in words or doodles. For me, I prefer doodling, and like to use this time to practice calligraphy or drawing. This is also a great time to cleanup the to-do lists and prep for tomorrow’s schedule and goals.
Maintaining evening routine can improve your physical and mental wellness. Try some simple stretching exercises before bed, as your neck and back muscles are likely to be tense after a long day of work (check out simple stretches you can try). You may not have time to hit the gym everyday, but stretching is a good option on rest days to relax your muscles, which can improve the quality of sleep. If you enjoy meditating, this is the perfect time to do so. Affirmations can help you with a better sleep so you can be pumped up for tomorrow’s tasks.
This is the time of day to put everything aside and just relax. Read a book (reading for six minutes can reduce stress levels), put on your favourite Spotify playlist, or listen to a Podcast - whatever relaxes you that doesn’t involve a screen. Ready to take on the morning? Check out our top tips for a meaningful morning routine here.
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