Why Winding Down is So Important: an outline of a relaxing evening routine

After a long day of working and checking off your to-do list, there's nothing better than having a relaxing evening to yourself.

An evening routine isn't only enjoyable; it's also beneficial for your overall wellbeing.

Here are some reasons why winding down is so important and how you can create a relaxing evening routine.

In today's "hustle" culture, many of us are experiencing chronic stress and don't know how to wind down. This stress impacts quality of sleep, our overall enjoyment in life, and our health.

A relaxing evening routine helps signal to your body that it's time to slow down and get ready for sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, establishing a consistent evening routine may be helpful. The key is to be consistent with your routine so that it becomes a habit. These sleep habits help regulate your circadian rhythm, which tells your body when it's time to sleep.

Set a time that you would like to start your evening routine and be consistent with it. When that time comes, put away all your work. If it helps you feel more organized, now is a good time to create a schedule for the next day. Although you might feel like working until late and finishing everything, you'll increase your productivity levels if you get enough sleep and find time to relax as well. Wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Winding down in the evening helps prevent burn-out and increases productivity, creativity, and motivation.

Your evening routine should be filled with activities that you enjoy doing, and that help you relax. Try to put away all your screens at least an hour before bed. Not only will this encourage you to spend time doing more relaxing activities, but avoiding blue light emitted from screens will also help with your sleep.

Some relaxing activities include reading your favorite book, meditating, journaling, doing some light exercise or stretching (nothing too strenuous), or a self-care routine. The best exercises to do in the evening are going on walks, yoga, or a relaxing bike ride— nothing that leaves you feeling exhausted.

It's nice to have a little light snack in the evening, but try not to eat a heavy meal. Eating a heavy, sugary, or high-fat meal before bed can cause digestive problems and keep you awake at night. Instead, have some herbal tea and low-sugar fruits, such as berries. Add a little bit of cheese for protein to offset the sugar and you are good to go. Avoid any caffeine and added sugars because they will give you unwanted energy before bed.

A self-care routine should always be a part of your evening routine, but it doesn't have to be extensive every night.

Basic hygiene, such as brushing your teeth and washing your face, will suffice in your daily routine. Every once in awhile, feel free to pamper yourself, but don't feel obligated to add this to your daily routine.

Above all else, your winding down routine is all about creating a calming, relaxing space for you to unwind from your day and get ready for bed.

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