In a perfect world, I make myself some tea, put some music on, and read a book in bed. And I meditate, reflect on the day, and gently fall asleep into perfect REM, waking up perfectly relaxed the next morning. But in all reality? That happens far less frequently than I care to admit. Why? Because, life happens sometimes and all you want to do is fall into bed, hide yourself in covers, and fall asleep. But there are a few things that I try to do every night before I go to bed. Mostly because I know that my neuroticism won’t shut up until I relax a bit.
- Change into something comfy
Even if it’s just a giant T-shirt, getting out of my work clothes is a fantastic feeling. And a huge jump on relaxing for the evening
- Catch up with my boyfriend
Since he works from home and I have an office to go to in the morning, it’s nice to have some time on the couch or at the table to catch up with each other and check in. True, we text throughout the day to see if I can pick up anything on the way home but there’s nothing quite like that in person connection after a long day
- Meditate & breathing exercises
I’ve been meditating in some form for the past year or so and let me tell you. It has worked wonders for my anxiety, minor depression, and a slew of other mental health stuff I’ve battled. It’s really becoming a habit I’ve incorporated into my daily life. As for breathing exercises, also a great tool for those spur of the moment attacks where you need a cool down or even a moment to catch your breath
- Tea, a good book, and a snuggle fest.
There’s just something about curling up on the couch with something on TV, a book in your other hand, and your boyfriend (or significant other or animal friend) right next to you. It’s absolute perfection
- Getting under the covers and building a blanket burrito. Lights out.
This is the final step in my routine and it’s a great way to fall asleep seamlessly. Totally recommend.
What are your nightly routines? How do you relax after a crazy day?