How to Wind Down in the Evening & Reduce Stress

Look at you investing in your well-being and growing as an individual. You should be proud of yourself. You’re making the right moves towards a happier and healthier lifestyle by doing what’s necessary to benefit your future self. Go you!

Let’s be honest. Did we get a good routine going? Have we mastered our mornings yet? Now, if you’re thinking, “I’m not exactly where I want to be at the moment,” you probably aren’t the only one. Don’t worry, it’s September. You’ve got plenty of time to align yourself with your new year’s resolutions still.

So how do you keep the forward momentum going? First and foremost, stay positive. You never know what someone may be going through, so be kind always. Primarily, you might consider pushing yourself to sticking to your plans and seeing them through whether they be long-term or short-term goals. Also, reward yourself! Never forget to give yourself a pat on the back every once in a while for even the small, seemingly-insignificant achievements. Most importantly, you educate yourself. Stay humble and acknowledge your mistakes. Create healthy habits, find inspiration and try out new ideas. Challenge yourself. Remember to let go of your fears as they do not serve you. You’re committing to the journey from here on out. Believe in yourself.

Great, now that all sounds easier said than done, right? Monday morning comes and goes, you’re done with work for the day, and thinking about winding down. What are you doing with your spare time?

Unwinding with a glass of wine? Binge watching all your favorite Netflix shows? Avoiding major responsibilities until you pass out for the night? If you want to live life with a “rich” mindset, your free time might include planning, working out, educating yourself, reading meditating, or learning a new skill. On the contrary, a “poor” mindset engages in being lazy, complaining about work, and gambling away your earnings.

Try this instead:

    Evaluate your day – What amazing things happened today? How could you have made today even better? What do I plan on accomplishing tomorrow? This will help you reflect on the good throughout your day, ensuring you end your day on a positive note.
    Write things down – Studies has shown that when one writes down their goals on a regular basis, they have a much higher chance of achieving them. This is because when we write things down, we ignore our subconscious mind, which is a manifestation powerhouse. Look into the power of scripting. Also, if you don’t already have one, get at least one journal.
    Plan the next day – Visualize your success. See yourself going through your daily routine. You’ll be better prepared if you already know what to expect.
    Unplug – Two hours of no phone before bed. Give your eyes and neck a rest from being strained all day, just trust me on this.
    Maintain personal hygiene – Consider showering, washing your face, flossing, brushing your teeth, and moisturizing at least daily. Be sure to treat your body right by avoiding harsh chemicals and remember to read the labels. Opt for sulfate free, paraben free, fluoride free, and cruelty-free products.
    Dim the lights – Set the tone by turning the lights down low for a better night’s sleep.
    Evening exercise – Light movement is beneficial for you at this time and be sure to stretch. Stretching helps to relieve muscle tension and prevent sleep-disrupting cramps whereas doing a big workout before bed can have the opposite effect.
    Prepare tomorrow’s outfit – What you want is to make things flow in the morning to reduce stress. If that means setting your clothes out the night before so you don’t spend extra time trying to figure out what you need, then take the necessary time to make your life easier.
    Connect with loves ones – Make sure to check in with your support circle. Even if it’s just you and one other person, pour into each other to build one another up.
    Read – It doesn’t matter if you only have time for 10 pages every night, or if it’s one chapter every week, or even one book every other month. Reading before bedtime is a great way to unwind and expand your mind.
    Set alarm and put phone away – Yes, you heard me. If you use the alarm on your phone to wake up in the morning, set your alarm and put the phone away somewhere you won’t be tempted to use prior to going to sleep. Keep practicing this until you form the habit.
    Sleep earlier – I’m guilty of not doing this consistently, but we must try to sleep earlier. More sleep is more important.

So my question for you is, are you being true to yourself? Are you living a life full of joy? What sparks joy in your life? The first thing you think of is your answer. Too often we spend time and energy searching for answers when they’re right in front of us. Make the choice to live in gratitude for what you have and where you’re at today. Leave the past where it belongs, and focus on the here and now. The future is bright, you have to see it to believe it.

If you need help developing your morning routine, I got you! Check out my first post from Best Version of You

💚 Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Girl

~ Jenevieve Hutchison aka Wild Thing, is a holistic health enthusiast and free-spirit. After earning her AA in Liberal Arts from Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, and her BA in Communications emphasizing in Entertainment Studies from California State University in Fullerton, self-love and happiness became a passion for this wild child. She loves dancing and nature, a healthy meal and a great workout! Have a topic you want to hear about? Reach out in the comments or on social media and Wild Thing will be happy to bring it up in the next Happy – Healthy – Whole column.

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