Health

Six Ways to Relax Before Going to Sleep (That Don’t Involve a Screen!)

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your daily to-do list. You wake up at 5:00 a.m. (maybe even earlier), make breakfast, get the kids to school, get yourself to work, cook, clean, help with homework, and that’s just the beginning.

But as we all know, you need to be able to take care of yourself. Primarily for your own health, but so that you can also help other people.

In most cases, out “go-to” relaxation before bed is screen time…spending an hour, or more with the TV on or with our phone in our face. But we all know that that’s not healthy for us. Yet, it has become a habit for us, and one that is hard for us to break. It’s a bad habit for myself as well.

But with a new season comes changes, so I propose that we try once, or maybe even twice per week to unwind with one of these ideas:

  1. Prayer: I always pray before I go to sleep at night, but doing something just a bit more than a “thank you, God,” can’t hurt. For me, I love to read my Bible and journal my thoughts for maybe half an hour, sometimes more. But you don’t need to spend hours doing this. Even ten minutes can help bring a little more peace to your night.
  2. Read: I am a self-proclaimed bookworm, but I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t read nearly as much as I used to. During the day I don’t have time to and by the time I get to bed, it’s just easier to have a phone in my hand. In fact, that’s why it takes me so long to read books. However, I notice that when I make myself read, I can easily read 10 or even 20 pages before I fall asleep! Give it a try. You literally might need to make yourself read at first, but it can also help you fall asleep faster.
  3. Write: Another thing we often do is go to sleep with things running through our minds, especially us women. We can’t help it. I totally get it. But it can be helpful to spend 10 or 15 minutes at night writing about our day in a journal. It helps us to organize our thoughts and reflect on the day. And if you have something on your mind that is keeping you wide awake, writing it down is a great way to release it.
  4. Day dreaming: Hear me out. This can definitely help you to fall asleep…to just lie in bed and have a happy day dream. Or, just lie in bed in silence. We’re always looking for some quiet time. Why not just shut your eyes and let your mind drift away?
  5. Do not eat: Unless you have a medical condition, it’s usually a good idea to not eat about two to three hours before you go to sleep. Especially if it’s dessert. That sugar is still running through your body and it can make you toss and turn at night. If you really feed the need to feel your body, try some tea that does not have caffeine in it. Don’t fall asleep with food running through your stomach.
  6. Color: Do you remember when adult coloring books became a thing? Well, I’m not sure if they’re still trending or not, but, who cares?! Get yourself a coloring book. And honestly, I am supportive of using a child’s princess coloring book. There is no shame in that. But if you do get a child’s one, you might want to hide it from your kid…just sayin’!

What are your tips for unwinding at the end of the day? Let me know below!

 

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