One of the most important times of day… night! These evening routines for moms will help you relax, unwind, and sleep well.
1. Body care
Maybe you like being pampered? Including a special hygiene or body care regimen in your evening routine can be a fun way to de-stress and re-vitalize after a long day.
The act of taking care of your body may have been something you let go. I know I did. I barely got the kids bathed, much less gave myself a sugar scrub. When I make time for it, somehow someway, I end up feeling better.
Epsom salt baths| These help prevent fluid retention – why oh why do I retain fluid – and are a good source of magnesium. I like to stock up on these and take a nice hot bath at the end of a long day.
Infused Showers| Did you know you could infuse your shower with some sleepy time lavender and chamomile?
Wash your face| Scrub, massage, or just get your makeup off. Wash slowly and thoroughly. A clean soft face will make you feel a little better about the bags under your eyes ?.
Lotion & more lotion| It feels nice to hydrate your skin at the end of a busy day. I love putting lotion on my feet and then throwing on some soft socks at the end of the day.
Toes & fingers | There are so many online options right now for doing pedicures and manicures. Remember when you used to paint your fingernails to match your outfit? Not saying that’s in the cards, but it’s nice to see pretty fingers throughout the day.
A massage during gentle stretching move : Massage your neck and feet during yoga stretching is such a sweet combination for our self-love. While massaging my feet, I started thinking of where my feet had taken me the last 29 years. It is such an intimate moment with myself. Would you love to try some nice stretching yoga, you can try this one:
Detox| If you enjoy detoxing, the Ionic Foot Detoxing System can help eliminate unhealthy toxins and renew your energy at the end of the day. I did this at a spa once and was both shocked and amazed at the result.
2. Breathing techniques
How often do you take notice of your breathing? Is it something you just take for granted, or perhaps causes you worry if you are out of breath from a run or having problems with congestion from a cold?
One of the best techniques in helping us to and reafall into deep relaxation state of mindfulness is breathing.
There are several different breathing techniques that can be used before bedtime to calm your nervous system and bring your mind into peaceful , let’s look at a few here:
Equal breathing is the perfect technique to use when you’re feeling stressed and tense. Practising this can increase your focus and concentration and it can be done anywhere and anytime you need to feel calm.
Slowly inhale through your nose for a count of four
Slowly exhale through your nose for a count of four
Alternate Nostril Breathing
This technique does exactly what it ‘says on the tin’! It’s a common form of breathing used in meditation and Yoga and will re-energise you in mind, body and spirit.
Plug your right nostril with your right thumb
Take a deep breath through the left nostril
Remove your thumb from your right nostril and plug your left nostril with your ring finger
Let's have a look on my new breathing techniques video for a good sleep
3. Relax and Rewind
Be honest… doesn’t a relaxation routine sound nice? Maybe it’s because you’ve been having a hard time falling asleep. Or… maybe it’s because as humans we are built to need wind down and relaxation.
At its best, a relaxation routine is designed to prepare you for sleep and welcome you to a place of rest (mentally, emotionally, and physically).
Take time to connect with your spouse| Watch some TV together, play a card game, or just spend some quality time together.
Read| Reading has been a lifesaver to my tired mind over the years. It puts me right out…
Journal| Jotting down the events of each day are a proven way to vent or release built up emotions that can interrupt a peaceful sleep. New to journaling? Let's get started with this gratitude journal:
Playing some relaxing music| You’ll be surprised how much it helps to have calming sounds in the background. By the way, music therapy has been proven to put people in a peaceful mindset and help prepare them for a relaxed state.
Diffusing Essential Oils| Aromatherapy…. ahhhh! Pick some relaxing oils such as lavender or chamomile and put them in a diffuser. Many have relaxing light settings as well.
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