It’s that time of day again. Time to kick off your shoes, put your fuzziest robe on, and let your head hit the fluffy, lavender scented pillow. When I have a positive mindset, bedtime is the best time. It’s when I can get comfy and daydream about living like a millionaire, falling in love in Paris, and my Oprah Winfrey TV interview, all while I peacefully sink into a deep and restful sleep (insert spa music). Unfortunately, I’m not always in a positive state of mind. When I’m negative, laying in bed turns into tossing and turning, reliving frustrating memories, and wondering if I should Google if my heart is beating irregularly or if I am simply breathing (hello anxiety!). How you end your day is just as important as how you start it. If you end your day properly, you’re more likely to have a good night sleep, a good day, and an overall more positive mindset. These nighttime habits promote a better nighttime experience:
Shower and Skincare
I like to use my nighttime shower and skincare routine as personal, self-care time. This is a time to treat your body and unload anything you’ve been mentally carrying throughout the day. Use this time to cleanse your body in whichever way you enjoy the most. It could be a bubble bath, a shower, a 2 minute quickie or 40 minutes long soak. Use soaps, essential oils, and lotions that are aromatic and make you feel fresh. I love showering with BIODERMA Atoderm Ultra-Gentle Shower Gel and then moisturizing with Neutrogena Moisturizing Body Oil. These products feel luxurious and are a simple way to treat myself everyday.
There is just something about taking vitamins that makes me feel like I have my life together. It’s important to get in the habit of taking vitamins and supplements so you can be sure to nourish your body even if your diet is not as nutritious as it should be. I leave my vitamins on my nightstand and take them right before I go to bed at night because the body absorbs the nutrients and repairs itself as you sleep. My go-to vitamin is vitamin D because it supports the immune system, helps to fight inflammation, helps battle depression, and much more. I personally like to take Vitamin D3 by Nature’s Bounty.
List 3 Good Things That Happened During The Day
Next to my vitamins, is my gratitude journal. Every night, I jot down three things I’m grateful on that day. I try to list things that happen on that day because it opens my eyes to all the little miracles and blessings that occur every single day that are so easy to overlook if you don’t focus on them. Overtime, this exercise has transformed my mood and thinking.
Set Intentions For Tomorrow
When I say “set intentions for tomorrow” I don’t mean create a to-do list. Set intentions to have a peaceful day, to be happy, to laugh, and to control your time instead of letting your time control you. I find that setting intentions make a big difference in how I act and the standard that I have for myself and my day. When I have an intention, I am more likely to stick to it and have a positive day than if I didn’t and waited to see how things would turn out.
I hope these nighttime habits help you in your journey to live a better quality life. Comment below what your nighttime habits are.
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