It’s amazing how one little habit and mindset shift can turn everything around. I’ve shared a couple of stories recently about my personal experience with morning routines. I thought it’d be a good idea to talk a little bit about my nighttime routine! Because it plays a huge role in my wellness.
As a coach, I’m on the go A LOT. Some days are crazy busy, and they also can be pretty physically demanding. And a lot of the time, I used to come home at night feeling WIPED OUT.
I’m all about keeping it real and transparent, and I thought it was important to share what USED to be my evening routine:
- Open door.
- Throw my bags on the floor or counter.
- Rummage in the fridge for food.
- Nuke it.
- Eat dinner, collapse on the couch.
- Stay on the couch as much as possible till bedtime, occasionally checking my phone (and also on the family to make sure they were OK and doing their things).
Super inspiring, right? (I kid – because these are definitely NOT #lifegoals!) I was tired of having a “meh” night .. and I also wanted some free time on the weekends. Because I was so unproductive during the week, I ended up spending the weekends doing chores and getting caught up on everything.
So … one night after dinner I decided to spend 15 minutes getting ready for “tomorrow”, even though I didn’t feel like it. (I actually set a timer.)
- Prep breakfast – check
- Get my bag ready – check
- Prep my lunch – check
- Grab some healthy snacks for tomorrow – check
Taking just those few minutes made a HUGE DIFFERENCE in my day. HUGE. Plus it made it SO much easier to stick to my morning routine. Even though I normally eat a pretty clean diet, this took it to the next level and my energy improved a lot.
Over time it was a total gamechanger. I’ve even added a few things since then:
- Bullet journal/gratitude journal
- After-dinner walk/playing with kids/dog/etc.
- 10 minutes of reading
For me, with the whole world focused on the ultimate “start your day” routine, it is actually what I do at NIGHT that sets me up for success. Do you agree?
Make it an amazing night 🙂
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