No, it’s not about the coffee. It’s not about the wine. It’s not about those late-night chats with other moms. The truth is, those things don’t actually make your evenings any better. Your evening routine should be all about rest and rejuvenation so you can start your day fresh and rested.
A good evening routine for a mom includes some time to decompress before bed, some light stretching to relax tight muscles, a healthy dinner that includes protein and veggies, plus a few minutes of reading or listening to calming music before bedtime.
Use these evening routine ideas to create the routine that works for you!
1. Make a to-do list.
If you do not start the day with a plan, there is no point in getting up. For a lot of people, getting started is the most difficult part of the whole day. So why not have a plan ready to go before you even get out of bed?
Every night, take some time and make a list of all the important items that need to be taken care of the next day. That way, as soon as you open your eyes, you will already be ahead.
2. Review your goals.
You can do this just before you go to sleep. That way your brain will be able to spend the night working on ideas and solutions. You will be surprised at how effective this can be! There are different ways that you can go over your goals.
For example, you can read them out loud, visualize them, re-write them or read them silently. It is even a good idea to do all four!
You will be surprised at how many people have become successful just because they have a habit of reading. And it is great to read good fiction when you are unwinding.
An option that will be even more effective is to keep reading material that will enhance your ability to find success. It could be a biography that is inspiring or a book where you can learn a better skill.
4. Brush your teeth and floss.
Most people are in the habit of brushing their teeth every night. But few people also make the time to floss. But by flossing you are doing something that is very healthy for yourself. That is because there are bacteria between your teeth that can damage heart valves and blood vessels. They have also been found to cause systemic inflammation. So make sure to floss each and every night.
5. Spend some time on a hobby.
If you want to write the Great American Novel it will not happen unless you get started. And most likely you will not learn French through osmosis.
Spend time every evening working to do all the things that you have been planning to do someday. There will never be enough time until you make time for them.
6. Meditate or pray.
Sometimes spending a long day working or even spending time with your family can be very stressful. But if you take 15 minutes to pray or meditate you will be able to reduce your stress level. You will find that you will sleep better and you will find that life is more enjoyable.
7. Write in a journal.
If you make a record of your life it will soon be noteworthy. That is because if you have been writing things like “Left for work. Came home again. Cooked dinner. Watched television.” you will soon see that your life is boring. So change it, you have the power!
Many people think of exercise as something to do in the morning, but do you really know anyone who exercises before work? Probably not! But if you walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes, practice Yoga, or lift weights every night you will notice a big improvement in how you feel and how you look. And if you really want to watch the evening news, you can do it while exercising.
These are just some of many possible examples of what you might want to have in your evening routine. You do not have to make a long list of items to finish after you have worked all day. But many people do not know how to use their evenings well.
But if you make sure to develop a good and fun evening routine it can change your life. To get the greatest impact, think about the parts of your life that can be improved and that is where you should start.