Wake Up to Better Mornings with These Nightly Habits
With the stressors and problems that we constantly face during the day—especially at work, you may feel like you just want to pass out on a comfy bed the moment you get home or dread the alarm clock in the mornings.
Fortunately, these small nighttime habits could make a huge difference in your mood during the mornings. From creating new habits to preparing ahead for the next day—find out how to say goodbye to groggy mornings.
Prep for Tomorrow Morning
Use your nightly routine to prep for more organized mornings. Start the day right and feel more relaxed with light preparations done the night before. To save you time, you could choose your outfit for tomorrow, have meal preps ready, load up your coffee maker ahead, and prepare a to-do list.
Connect with Others
Especially if you’ve been drained from a busy day, you probably want to isolate yourself to turn your brain off. During these times, a binge-watching session on Netflix with your comfort food in hand sounds like heaven. However, there are times that it’s not what you want.
Try to reach out and engage in light social interaction with the people closest to you. This can be in the form of texting, emailing, or talking with your partner, family, or friends. This will help ease your mental stress and remind you that you’re not alone.
Lightly Clean Up
Waking up to a ton of dirty dishes screaming at you in the mornings or coming home to a mountain of laundry can make your days even more stressful. Make it a habit to regularly tidy up at night so as not to have piled-up chores. Once you’re used to it, cleaning up will just be second nature to you.
Maintain a Gratitude Journal
Focus on the positive things that happened to you throughout the day and acknowledge the things that you’re grateful for—may it be as mundane as sleeping with fresh bed sheets or as monumental as a job promotion—through writing on a gratitude journal. Finding the positive amid rough times can do good on your mental health.
You can ease your way into this habit by writing down one thing you’re grateful for every night. You can also think about it while doing your usual night routine like brushing your teeth or washing your face.
Pick Up a Book to Read
Think of reading as your chance to get your mind off the stressors and stimuli during the day. Focusing on the plot and twists of what you’re reading shuts off all the other things that may keep you up at night. The smaller your inner world gets, the faster you’ll be able to sleep soundly.
Wind Down with a Massage
Nothing beats a relaxing massage to wind your body down after a busy day. This is your way to appreciate your body for all it has been doing for you. You can try applying aromatherapy lotion on your body or using massagers.
Meditate Before Sleeping
If you find it hard to relax at night, doing meditation can help induce sleep. There are guided meditation programs available to help you regulate your breathing and calm down. To shut off distracting thoughts, you can use free apps like Calm or Headspace to help you induce a night of peaceful sleep.
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