Now that we know the benefits of a morning routine, let me share with you why following an evening routine is equally important and relaxing for your mind and body.
“Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful ev’ning in.”
― William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper
So much has already been written on the beckoning of a pleasant evening. Evenings are that time of the day when you return from your work all tired. To rejuvenate yourself and welcome a good night’s sleep, you may follow these rituals:
Change into your comfortable clothes. And freshen up.
Dim those lights in your room. Put on some warm lights and soft music. Your busy mind tends to calm down in such an environment.
Sip on a cup of chamomile tea. Caffeine should not be taken towards the end of the day as it tweaks with the sleep cycle. On the other hand, chamomile tea relaxes your mind and body. Bonus: It is also helpful for your digestion and hormones.
Screen time should be cut off at least 2 hours before you sleep. Instead, why don’t you read a book for pleasure?
It is best to have your dinner as early as possible. We feel really hungry in the evening and that is when we tend to eat the wrong stuff. Eating your dinner early not only fills your stomach but also provides you with the right kind of nutrients required for the body. Try not to have a heavy dinner, if you want to sleep better.
Wash your face and feet before you hit the pillows. Drink some warm water and keep some near your bed. Keep the phone away from your bed.
Keep your sheets and pillows clean.
I was once almost an insomniac. I used to spend my nights bingeing on movies and series. I did not follow any routine whatsoever. Pizzas were my favourite meal for dinner and chocolate cookies my all-time night snacks. Then, my body gave up. I realised the hard way after about five years of such a lifestyle that I need to change it. Now that I follow this evening routine, thanks to authors like Rujuta Diwekar, I feel much better when I wake up the next day. But as I told you, I am only human. I fail in between. But, I start all over. Let us learn to love our bodies and respect them.
I hope these evening rituals help you too. Let me know if it does by commenting below. If you have any other evening rituals that you follow, share with us. We will be very glad.
Happy soul searching!
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