I love hearing the words “Bed Time!” almost, as much I love hearing the words “Walkie!!!!”
Bed time awesome. It’s time for cuddles with Mum. It’s time to relax, recharge and feel loved.
I love my end of day routine. It helps me truly let go of the day so I can really get the best rest possible. It helps me let go of the things that maybe didn’t go the way that I wanted them to…like the fact the squirrels won’t play with me 🐿
I hope you’re able to let go of the day too! So you can rest and recharge completely! I love you 🐾 #YourHappyCoach, Fenix xoxoxo
An End of Day Routine:
The Science-Backed Strategy for Better Rest and More Energy
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Why is having an evening or ‘end of day’ routine important?
Having a routine is essential for maintaining productivity and overall well-being. When we have a set routine, we can accomplish more, feel and experience greater gratitude and enoughness, and set ourselves up for a happier tomorrow.
Having a consistent evening routine can also improve the quality of our sleep. Studies have shown that completing the day consciously can reduce stress and promote better sleep. By making an evening routine a part of our daily lives, we can improve our sleep quality and overall well-being.
Today we’re going to dive into how we can support ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally with an end of day routine.
- Physically – relaxing the body, with habitual and nurturing experiences.
- Emotionally – feeling full and enough about the day, so that you can experience peace of mind and permission to turn off and truly rest.
- Mentally – stopping your mind from unconsciously tracking and remembering what’s important to you by writing incomplete actions down.
Keep in mind that you already have an end of day routine, even if it’s just brushing your teeth and turning off the light. It’s easier than you think to build in small consistent steps to truly help you complete the day so you can rest on all levels.
Completing the Day:
A Step by Step Guide
Use this step-by-step guide to help you build an end of day routine that recharges your battery for more energy and happiness.
Use this guide as an approach for the rest of your life, yes pun intended.
Just add one small step in each of these 3 areas, so you can build it over the rest of your life, not try and get it all handled tonight.
Remember the slower the change, the more likely it is to stick!
- Physically - Choose one thing you love doing at the end of the day that helps your body relax. For example: take a warm shower or bath for 10 minutes or more. Add epsom salts or essential oils to help relax tight muscles and promote deeper relaxation.
- Emotionally - Choose one way you can simply acknowledge that you did your best today: helping your feel enough and appreciative of yourself. For example: write down three things you're grateful for or proud of from the day in a journal.
- Mentally - Choose one way to track anything that’s buzzing around in your head, so your brain can let go and rest. For example: write down any incomplete actions from the day in your to do list, or on your calendar, or in a notebook. It can be something as simple as returning a phone call or sending an email, but it’s important to write down the things you’re holding onto in your mind, because your brain does try to hold them unconsciously if they’re not written down.
Pro Tip 🏆 Remember, the goal is not to add more stress to your day with a long, complicated routine. Instead, start with one small step in each category and adjust as needed. Over time, you can add more steps or increase the time spent on each activity. The key is consistency and finding what works best for you.
From Dr. Zoë
Completing the day, on all levels, is such a self-kindness for ourselves.
It can be hard, to slow down at the end of the day, and give some intentional energy to ourselves. Well it is for me.
Once I’ve done everything I HAVE to do, it’s so easy to just slide into Netflix then Sleep. Maybe with a side order of Haagen Dazs 🤣 Right?
But even just 5 minutes, of reviewing the day, celebrating small wins, feeling appreciations, acknowledging ourselves, bringing awareness to incompletions… or whatever end of day routine resonates with you… can truly result in better sleep and more energy.
Try it and let me know how it goes.