10 Tips For A Calming Evening Routine
In this fast-paced world, it’s so important to take time for yourself, especially during the evening hours when your body naturally wants to wind down.
Creating a calming evening routine is like giving yourself a warm hug at the end of a long day, allowing you to unwind, recharge and prepare for a restful night’s sleep. Here are 10 ways to create a comforting evening routine. Sweet dreams!
Unplug From Technology
In a world dominated by screens, it’s essential to disconnect and give your mind a break. Try switching off your electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime. Swap scrolling on your phone for a creative hobby like knitting, painting, or reading and you’ll be able to ease your mind ready for sleep.
Cook A Light, Nourishing Dinner
Avoid heavy, greasy meals as these can disrupt your digestion which in turn can affect your sleep. Instead, focus on a light, nutritious dinner with foods rich in tryptophan, magnesium and complex carbohydrates such as leafy greens, whole grains and lean proteins.
Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Lie down comfortably in bed and practice progressive muscle relaxation. Start by tensing and then releasing each muscle group in your body, from your toes to your head. This technique will help to relieve physical tension, promote deep relaxation and prepare your body for a peaceful slumber. Our popular weighted blankets are another great way to relax your muscles and provide muscle tension relief.
Drink Herbal Tea
Sipping on a warm cup of herbal tea such as calming chamomile, lavender or peppermint can help soothe your senses and promote relaxation. Similarly, our essential oil range provides natural aromas to help you unwind and prepare for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Journal for Reflection
By journaling before bed, you can reflect on your day and pour all your thoughts, worries and gratitude onto paper. This simple act can help you to clear your mind, promote self-awareness and foster a sense of peace and acceptance.
Dim The Lights
As the evening progresses, try gradually dimming the lights in your home. Bright lights can be overly stimulating and disruptive to your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Create a cosy ambiance by using soft, warm lighting in your bedroom and living areas. This will help signal to your body that it’s time to unwind and prepare for sleep.
Read Or Listen To Relaxing Content
Before you doze off, indulge in a good book or listen to soothing music, a podcast or an audiobook. Choose genres that promote relaxation, and allow yourself to be carried away by the words and melodies as you drift off into dreamland.
Try Yoga Or Gentle Stretching
Gentle stretching or yoga before bed can help relieve any physical tension and improve circulation all while helping you find a sense of serenity, putting you in a calmer state of mind for deep, restful sleep.
Write A To-Do List For The Next Day
Before you settle into bed, write down a to-do list for the next day. Jotting down your tasks and priorities will allow you to offload any lingering thoughts and worries from your mind, preventing them from interfering with your sleep. Knowing that everything is organised and ready for tomorrow can bring a sense of calm and preparedness that you’ll thank yourself for the next day!
Prioritise Quality Sleep
Finally, make good, deep sleep a priority. Try establishing a consistent sleep schedule, aiming for seven to nine hours of uninterrupted rest. You can create a soothing sleep environment by investing in comfortable, plush pillows and premium-quality bedding such as our Kalm Pillow, Dream Pillow, Mulberry Silk Pillowcase and our Bamboo Bedding.