YOUR MORNING ROUTINE STARTS AT NIGHT
Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like crap? Not because you are hungover, but because you are just dead tired and cannot get out of bed?
You can control that. To some extent.
I’m sure you hear a lot about the importance of morning routines and the benefits that it has on decision making throughout the day, and so on…
It’s talked about… like a lot…
Ok, morning routines are important guys, but so is your nighttime routine.
I literally used to eat dinner, watch tv, not even take my makeup off and just fall asleep. Like a normal human being, right? But, I also had those days where I was like “shit I do not want to get out of bed.”
I can tell you honestly that I actually rarely have those days anymore. I wake up energized and refreshed for the most part, and excited.
I’m also a morning person, sooooo that could also be why. There’s nothing like waking up before the sun rises, before everyone else is awake, you aren’t disturbed by emails or commitments, you can just do you. I love it. I love everything about it, and if you haven’t tried it, ya should.
…I also pass out though at about 9 pm lol
So, there was a reason for this shift where I no longer wake up feeling drained. It’s called, my nighttime routine. I was actually listening to a podcast the other day, and they referred to it as “princess time.” I like the sound of that, so let’s call our nighttime routine, our princess time. Our time to just do us. To do our thing. To indulge in self-care.
I’ve shared my nighttime routine before on the blog. I shared it in my self-care routine, which talked about my morning routine, but if you read it, you may have noticed that I start my morning routine, at night!
The idea is to create a routine before you go to bed that calms you down, puts you in a healthy physical state and clears your mind.
…BUT WHAT DOES THIS DO
Glad ya asked
Let’s talk benefits of a nighttime routine or “princess time.”
CALMS YOU DOWN + CLEARS YOUR MIND
Who else is super wound up from the day? I know that I am. 100%. I have a million things going through my mind, and having a routine in place that “takes the edge off” does wonders for my mental health. We need that break, ok? If I just go to bed being wound up, then I will wake up in the morning feel like crap. That is what we are trying to avoid here.
Get in a warm shower so that you can jump in bed feeling clean
Wash your face
Read a book
My go-to’s. What this does is amazing. First of all, waking up clean, with a clean face, just makes me feel fresh. When you feel fresh in the morning, you feel better. When you wake up with a face full of makeup, your hair in knots, or even just not having showered, it’s a crappy feeling. Let’s get rid of that crappy feeling and replace it with some good stuff.
Meditating, reading a book or both. This just winds you down. It gets you out of your head. When you just go to sleep, you don’t have that “wind down” time. You need it. It’s peaceful, and it puts you to sleep.
This clears your mind. This leaves you feeling good. This leaves you feeling fresh. This leaves you feeling at ease. When you feel at ease, you….
When you go to bed with a clear mind, you are going to have an easier time falling asleep. Get a notebook and journal!!
Do yourself a favor.
When you transfer those thoughts that are running through your head from the day to a notebook, you get to stop thinking about them for the night. Worry about them in the morning.
Goodbye anxiety. Goodbye stress. You aren’t going to forget about anything. That’s the thing. A lot of times, I can’t fall asleep because my mind doesn’t stop, but when I write before bed, and I write my to-do list for the next day, I can go to bed peacefully. I know my to-do list and worries will not be forgotten.
THE PHYSICAL STATE
Another reason we may wake up in the morning feeling kind of crappy, foggy or blah, is because we didn’t physically take care of ourselves the day or night before.
Ummmm, well if you aren’t hydrating throughout the day, you are making a major mistake. Let’s just be real. Dehydration leads to exhaustion, headaches, fainting, dry skin, dizziness, irritability and need I say more.
We are all busy people, alright? I get it. I forget to drink water all the time. But, one thing that I do every night is consume two 8 oz. glasses of water. No excuses. Sometimes I add organic apple cider vinegar as well.
If you are dehydrated, OF COURSE you are going to wake up in the morning feeling like you just got hit by a bus.
When you wake up hydrated, you have more energy, you feel more alive, it’s easier to get out of bed.
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
To improve, you gotta be real
#1: Do you do any of the above each night?
#2: Could you imagine how incorporating some of these routines into your princess time might help you the next day?
#3: Are you willing to give this a try?
What if you tried this and had an easier time waking up in the morning? What if your days became more productive? What if you started to feel better?
Not such a bad thing, huh?
I want to know what your nighttime ( princess time ) routine looks like! Comment your routine on my latest Instagram photo! Let’s all inspire each other.