Create a Mindful Night Routine

May 20, 2021

After officially logging off from work or school at the end of the day, you now have some free time before bed to wind down. There are many ways that you can practice self-care and destress from a busy day. Here are a few of our suggestions for how to create a mindful night routine that you’ll enjoy doing:

1- Create a Cozy Space

If you’re working from home, try to differentiate your space as much as possible between working-time and relaxing-time. At the end of your day, this might look like changing the lighting in your space, changing into comfy clothes and grabbing a blanket, lighting a candle, or playing soothing music.

2- Try Some Light Exercise

In the hours just before we go to bed, we don’t have to do a rigorous workout, but it may help us to unwind by moving our bodies a bit. You might try out a short yoga flow or simply make time for stretching before bed. Light exercise can help us to let go of the weight of the day and also help us to get better sleep.

3- Swap Your Screen for a Book

While it can be tempting to want to binge watch our current favorite show after a long day, screen time two hours before bed can leave us feeling more restless. The blue light emitted from our devices can disrupt our sleep. For a more mindful activity before bed, try swapping your screen for a book. Reading is a great mindful activity to incorporate into a nightly routine.

4- Practice Gratitude

Another way to incorporate mindfulness into our nightly routine is to express gratitude. This is a great way to reflect on the day and appreciate the good in our lives. Try writing down three things you are grateful for each night in a journal and notice how it puts you at peace as you end your day.

5- Try Meditation

Meditation can help us to let go of stubborn thoughts left over from our day and help us get a full night’s sleep. Try out this Mindful 20-minute guided meditation just before bed, for better sleep.

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