So, here’s the thing. Without a before bedtime routine, my day doesn’t start off as smoothly as I desire or need it to. One of the best things I do for myself and my family is be ready to face the day with energy, readiness and JOY! This is accomplished by sticking to my before bedtime routine which I first heard of doing through FlyLady.net several years ago.
Now my routine has changed over the years to fit the season we’re in as a family but for the most part the basics have remained the same. At this time, I am working through Crystal Paine’s 14-day online course: Making Over Your Mornings. (If you haven’t heard about it, check it out HERE.) Day 2 of this course, like Flylady, stresses the importance of a before bedtime routine to encourage a much more smooth running morning. I agree! I have found I am better prepared with a better attitude when I stick to my nightly routine.
Do you want to know what my routine looks like? Here you go!
1. Make sure our kitchen is clean and no dishes are sitting by the sink. My family helps with this agenda. There’s nothing like waking up to shiny sink and clean kitchen. Seriously!
2. Take care of me. Wash my face early on in the evening & get into my jammies or comfy home clothes for the evening. Right before bed I brush my teeth & remove my contacts then snuggle in for the night.
3. Prepare my ice water, read and pray. I keep ice water by my bedside and try to read before closing my eyes. Reading is calming and helps me fall asleep relaxed. I also say a little prayer.
4. Aim to be in bed by my set bedtime. I operate better with a good night’s sleep. I function more productively with at least 7 hours of sleep so that’s my aim. If I don’t get my 7 hours, I at least have done the other three steps of my routine which still encourages a better rise and shine.
Keep in mind our children are grown and get ready for bed on their own so this season of life finds my routine different than when they were little. However, two of them still live at home so our lives are still full. I need to be on my game to maintain our schedules and get accomplished what I need and want to get done. That means my before bedtime routine must give my day a good head start.
I believe a before bedtime routine is a necessity to encouraging energy and a good attitude for a new day. For me, it has worked successfully when I am sticking to it. And if I don’t stick to it, for whatever reason, I find I am not on my best game as I begin my day. So, do you have a before bedtime routine?
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