10 Evening Rituals for A Better Tomorrow

10 Evening Rituals for A Better Tomorrow

In the personal development space, we talk a lot about morning routines. In fact, one of our most popular articles on SuperheroYou is 10 Morning Rituals for A Better Day. While it’s important to start your day on the right foot, it’s just as important to end it well too. That’s why we’ve come up with 10 Evening Rituals for a Better Tomorrow.

1. Set a bedtime.

Most of us have to be at an office at a set time – so we have to get up at a certain time at least every weekday. So then, doesn’t it make sense to set a bedtime too? Knowing when you’re supposed to be asleep will prevent you from suddenly realizing at 2AM that you’ve spent the last 7 hours on a Netflix binge. Aim to be asleep at least 8 hours before you need to be awake again.

2. Shut down your electronics.

The blue light emitted from electronics messes with your circadian rhythm and makes it that much harder to fall asleep. Once you’ve picked a bedtime, set an alarm on your phone for about an hour before then. When this alarm goes off, you can go through your notifications one last time, then must shut all your electronics down for the evening. For best results, keep everything out of your bedroom. Yes, that means buying an alarm clock.

3. Prep for tomorrow.

Most of us have a lot to do in the morning and not a ton going on at night. So why not use your free evening time to ease the morning rush? Check the weather and set out your clothes for the next day. Prep your bag and maybe pack a lunch if you feel so inclined. Pro tip: leave your keys on top of anything you don’t want to forget, whether it’s a snack or an important work presentation.

4. Tidy up.

Do you spend Saturday mornings cleaning the pigsty your apartment has become? Make your life easier (and your house cleaner!) by tidying up a little each night instead. Just 15 minutes washing dishes and putting things away will make a world of difference by the time the weekend rolls around.

5. Pick three wins.

Let’s face it: some days just plain suck. That’s why it’s so important to pick 3 wins. Every night, name out loud 3 things you did that day that you’re proud of. Sure, some days they’ll come more easily than others – but just thinking of those 3 can improve your whole outlook. And if you’re lucky, they’ll be the same wins you picked out in the morning!

6. Take a walk.

Chances are, your grandparents took a walk every evening after dinner. Turns out they were onto something! Taking an after-dinner walk will help your digestion and prep you for bed by reducing your exposure to artificial light. Plus, if you do it with a romantic partner, it can even improve your relationship!

7. Write in a journal.

While spending an hour winding down from the stress of your day is a great way to calm your thoughts, it’s not foolproof. Do you spend most nights in bed wide awake with your thoughts? Consider instituting a journaling habit. Getting your thoughts down on paper will get them off your mind so you can sleep better.

8. Practice forgiveness.

Each day, we encounter several people who fail to meet our expectations – whether it’s a rude salesperson or even ourselves. But holding onto that anger isn’t good for anybody. If you’re still annoyed at bedtime, try letting it go and forgiving that person instead. You can do this out loud or in a journal if you keep one. Sure, it might seem silly at first. But over time, you’ll feel yourself becoming a more magnanimous person.

9. Stretch.

You certainly don’t want to work up a sweat right before bed. But some light stretching will help align your muscles and relax your body so you can sleep more deeply. Plus, incorporating stretching into your evening ritual will help increase your flexibility in the long run.

10. Say thank you.

Our last and final ritual is something we’ve heard over and over again from the real-life superheroes we’ve interviewed on #SuperheroSecrets. Before you go to bed, practice gratitude by saying thank you for a few of the most important blessings in your life. This isn’t about easing anger like when you practice forgiveness, or about being proud of your own achievements like when you pick 3 wins. Rather, your gratitude practice should be about how others have helped you and about being grateful for the things you cannot necessarily control (like the health of your family).

Enjoyed this? Check out How to Keep Your Ears Healthy!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

In the personal development space, we talk a lot about morning routines. In fact, one of our most popular articles on SuperheroYou is 10 Morning Rituals for A Better Day. While it’s important to start your day on the right foot, it’s just as important to end it well too. That’s why we’ve come up with 10 Evening Rituals for a Better Tomorrow.

1. Set a bedtime.

Most of us have to be at an office at a set time – so we have to get up at a certain time at least every weekday. So then, doesn’t it make sense to set a bedtime too? Knowing when you’re supposed to be asleep will prevent you from suddenly realizing at 2AM that you’ve spent the last 7 hours on a Netflix binge. Aim to be asleep at least 8 hours before you need to be awake again.

2. Shut down your electronics.

The blue light emitted from electronics messes with your circadian rhythm and makes it that much harder to fall asleep. Once you’ve picked a bedtime, set an alarm on your phone for about an hour before then. When this alarm goes off, you can go through your notifications one last time, then must shut all your electronics down for the evening. For best results, keep everything out of your bedroom. Yes, that means buying an alarm clock.

3. Prep for tomorrow.

Most of us have a lot to do in the morning and not a ton going on at night. So why not use your free evening time to ease the morning rush? Check the weather and set out your clothes for the next day. Prep your bag and maybe pack a lunch if you feel so inclined. Pro tip: leave your keys on top of anything you don’t want to forget, whether it’s a snack or an important work presentation.

4. Tidy up.

Do you spend Saturday mornings cleaning the pigsty your apartment has become? Make your life easier (and your house cleaner!) by tidying up a little each night instead. Just 15 minutes washing dishes and putting things away will make a world of difference by the time the weekend rolls around.

5. Pick three wins.

Let’s face it: some days just plain suck. That’s why it’s so important to pick 3 wins. Every night, name out loud 3 things you did that day that you’re proud of. Sure, some days they’ll come more easily than others – but just thinking of those 3 can improve your whole outlook. And if you’re lucky, they’ll be the same wins you picked out in the morning!

6. Take a walk.

Chances are, your grandparents took a walk every evening after dinner. Turns out they were onto something! Taking an after-dinner walk will help your digestion and prep you for bed by reducing your exposure to artificial light. Plus, if you do it with a romantic partner, it can even improve your relationship!

7. Write in a journal.

While spending an hour winding down from the stress of your day is a great way to calm your thoughts, it’s not foolproof. Do you spend most nights in bed wide awake with your thoughts? Consider instituting a journaling habit. Getting your thoughts down on paper will get them off your mind so you can sleep better.

8. Practice forgiveness.

Each day, we encounter several people who fail to meet our expectations – whether it’s a rude salesperson or even ourselves. But holding onto that anger isn’t good for anybody. If you’re still annoyed at bedtime, try letting it go and forgiving that person instead. You can do this out loud or in a journal if you keep one. Sure, it might seem silly at first. But over time, you’ll feel yourself becoming a more magnanimous person.

9. Stretch.

You certainly don’t want to work up a sweat right before bed. But some light stretching will help align your muscles and relax your body so you can sleep more deeply. Plus, incorporating stretching into your evening ritual will help increase your flexibility in the long run.

10. Say thank you.

Our last and final ritual is something we’ve heard over and over again from the real-life superheroes we’ve interviewed on #SuperheroSecrets. Before you go to bed, practice gratitude by saying thank you for a few of the most important blessings in your life. This isn’t about easing anger like when you practice forgiveness, or about being proud of your own achievements like when you pick 3 wins. Rather, your gratitude practice should be about how others have helped you and about being grateful for the things you cannot necessarily control (like the health of your family).

Enjoyed this? Check out How to Keep Your Ears Healthy!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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