5 things to do before bed

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Life is so fast and hectic these days that more often than not, we don’t find the time to wind down enough before bed. Which then sometimes has an impact on our sleep.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know I’m all about making my life better, in which ever way I can. So making sure I have a relaxed evening and a good nights sleep is up there with the most important.

There’s a few things I’ve done for quite a while now that helps with the quality of sleep I get and I thought it would be a good idea to share those with anyone wanting to do the same.

Meditate 
This doesn’t have to be right before you go to sleep. It could be an hour or even a couple of hours before you hit the pillow. But meditating for me is a sure way of calming down my brain. Because of my work and my lifestyle, I sometimes find it hard to shut off. Meditating has definitely helped me become calmer and helps to put things into perspective.

Bath/shower
A nice relaxing bath with far too many bubbles in is a sure way of winding down. It doesn’t have to be a long bath, 15 minutes will do the trick. It’s just some time to be on your own, reflect on the day you’ve had and prepare you for the day after. You could use a bath bomb and some candles (be careful where you place them in your bathroom), dim the lights and even have on a little bit of soft music. A mini spa to end your night.

Spend time with loved ones
If you live in a house with other people, or fur babies, it’s important to always find time to be with them. Sometimes we take them for granted, but if you’ve been at work all day and haven’t had much time to catch up, this is the perfect time. Sit down with family and loved ones, reflect on the day you’ve had and appreciate how important they are to you.

Affirmations 
This is a fairly new one for me.. I recently discovered how to use these to better my life in a self help book. So I’ve been doing them ever since. They aren’t for everyone, but they definitely make a difference to my life. Write them all down on a piece of paper ready for whenever you feel the need to read them. Make it a ritual and they very quickly become a part of your daily routine.

Gratitude
One thing I do every single night before bed, without fail, is list all the things I’m grateful for (in my head). I can list hundreds of things everyday. It could be the smallest of things and also the obvious things, like; I’m grateful for the food I ate today or I’m grateful for my amazing family, there are so many things we should be grateful for. But because life gets busy, we over look them. Always make time for gratitude, no matter how busy you may be. Once you’ve said all the things you’re grateful for, you’ll realise how much you have in your life and will sleep a lot sounder.

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