Creating a night time routine is something everyone should do. But it is extra important if you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle. So let’s talk about the steps and items to add to make a healthy night time routine.
But first let’s chat about why creating a healthy night time routine is essential if you are starting to live a healthier life.
Why is a healthy night time routine important for a healthy lifestyle?
- The night before helps set you up for a healthier next day. If you set up yourself the night before you can have a healthier morning!
- By making healthy decisions up until the end of the day you are more likely to achieve your health and fitness goals.
- You are most likely to “Cheat” on your health goals during the later hours to having a routine will help you keep on track.
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6 Steps to have a healthy night time routine:
Step 1: Think about why you want to have a healthy night time routine.
To add any new routines or to put in the effort of changing your routines you need to understand why you want to.
Because when you understand your intentions you can stay motivated better and are more likely to really stick to your new routines. Especially when you are starting new habits because it is the most difficult to stick to in the beginning of the habit.
So sit yourself down and think about your why. Is it weight loss? A sport or fitness competition? Setting a healthy example for your kids?
Whatever your reason for wanting to do this is, it’s important to know that before the next steps.
Step 2: Determine what habits are the most important for you.
After you know your why then you can start to think about the healthy habits you want to add to your life.
Start brainstorming the healthy habits that will benefit you at night the most. Here is some ideas to get you started:
- Read for 30 minutes before bed.
- Don’t go on your phone for one hour before bed.
- Tidy up your home for 15 minutes in the evening.
- Drink 3 cups of water after dinner.
- Listen to a podcast while doing your bed time responsibilities.
- Stretch or yoga for 20 minutes before bed.
Step 3: Write down a generally timed out night time routine plan.
The next step is to grab an hourly planner and get to actually creating the routines.
Write down the things you want to do each evening in the morning for that day. And start to get into the swing of following a detailed plan. Eventually these habits will become more natural and you won’t have to follow a written plan.
But for now write down the habits and timing to ensure you can actually make the timing work and to help make these new habits stick.
Step 4: Add each habit one by one.
The next step is to start actually adding in the habits and it is important to do this slowly.
If you try to add 6 new healthy habits to your bed time routine you will get overwhelmed and potentially give up.
So adding one at a time is much more feasible and realistic!
I recommend adding in the most important healthy habits first so you can make sure that they stick and that you definitely have time for them in your night time routine.
Step 5: Be patient with yourself!
The next step is more of a tip but it is still just as important- to be patient with yourself.
Life is going to happen and you are going to have mess ups and days you are just too darn tired to have a healthy before bed routine. And that is totally okay!
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day. Just go to bed and re-align the next day! You are human and mistakes will happen so be patient with yourself and if necessary look back at your “why” from step 1 to motivate you to get back on track with these healthy habits.
Step 6: Re-evaluate and re-adjust if necessary.
The final step is really a journey not a destination. Re-evaluating and re-adjusting are necessary parts of every daily routine.
I recommend the first round of evaluating and adjusting being after one month. Evaluate what habits are working and what healthy habits are not working for you.
Then take the ones that aren’t and determine if they need to eliminated, if the timing needs to change, or if an adjustment in the actual actions need to happen.
Then I recommend from there always re-evaluating when you have any major lifestyle changes like a new job, school, marriage, kids, etc. Anything that impacts your daily routines.
Here are a few of my other helpful routine posts to start creating other daily routines:
- 6 Ways To Refresh Your Morning Routine For Summer
- 10 Ideas For Your Before Bed Routine
- Morning Habits To Add In 2020
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