What I am learning is that it is okay to surrender at the end of each day—even if that means everything did not get crossed off of the to-do list. Even if it means there are still some unanswered questions and thoughts that have not been resolved. Though it isn't easy to surrender to sleep at the end of the day, what we must understand is that sleep is absolutely necessary to good mental health.
According to Harvard Health, sleep and the state of our mental health are closely related. Sleep deprivation affects your psychological state and mental health. Also, according to Sleep Foundation, "sleep is closely connected to mental and emotional health and has demonstrated links to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions". With learning this information, we can clearly see just how important it is to get in those 7-8 hours of sleep.
Not only is adequate amounts of sleep important, but "Sleep Hygiene" is also important. Sleep Hygiene takes into consideration the routines going into bedtime, as well as how we prepare for sleep. Having good "Sleep Hygiene" means setting ourselves up for a better quality of sleep. We've talked plenty about morning routines here on The Holistic Makeover, but what about evening routines? What happens when the day is done and it's time to wrap it up for the evening? When we get home from daily dealings, exhausted and eager for bed? When we are ready to close our eyes and flow into dream land? Ultimately, it is just as essential to end the day as intentionally as we begin it because truly, how we end our day sets the tone for the next morning.
Read on for 5 things to always do before bedtime for a better night and morning!
Having Gratitude. No matter how your day went, make an effort to find, if only one thing, something to be grateful for. Being able to point out the good in each day lightens the mood and increases appreciation.
Finding Something To Be Proud Of. Even if you've had a day where "nothing went right", there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Give yourself credit for making it through the day. What did you do better than the previous day? Did you improve even a small bit in any area? Did you think better thoughts? Drink more water? Smiled more? Know that everyone can always find something to be proud of.
Letting Go. Let go of the day completely by easing your mind from guilt, shame, mistakes, and faults. The truth is, the day is done and you cannot travel back in time and alter the events of the day. You may even find that reciting an affirmation of release will help you let go of the day.
Eliminating Distractions. A good night of rest, comfort, and how we feel in the morning depends on how we go to bed. If we go to bed bombarded with noise, technology, and any other physical or mental distraction, resting won't be a very pleasant experience. Clear the distractions at least 15 minutes before bed.
What are some things that you do or suggest for good sleep hygiene and a better wake up?