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Your day really starts the night before.
The time before bed is sacred. What you do before bed determines how well you sleep and whether you will wake up the next day energized.
I often thought that morning routines were key until I realized that a morning routine is useless if you wake up tired and lifeless.
It’s hard to get out of bed and start your day with a bang if you haven’t slept well and set your day up the night before.
“Your day starts the night before.”
Experiment with doing these things before going to bed:
Empty your cup
The day causes our cup (mind) to overflow with thoughts, ideas, concerns and stories that repeat themselves over and over.
Empty your cup before you go to bed. Let it all spill out so that your cup won’t continue overflowing all through the night and stop you sleeping.
- Write down your thoughts before bed
- Talk about your day with your partner
- Watch a mind-numbing show
That last one is my favorite. I often watch a TV show called “Grand Designs” before bed because its simplicity allows me to escape my thoughts and concentrate on the physical structure of a house. I will never be a builder and have no intention of building a house or renovating.
The TV show has no meaning to me, there is nothing for me to learn, and I have no interest in the subject whatsoever. This complete disconnect helps to empty my cup.
Many of my friends cite mind-numbing TV shows as being helpful for them emptying their owns cups before bed. Try it for yourself.
To prepare for bed, you’ve got to chill out a little. Take a load off, relax, sit on the couch, lie on the floor, sit up in bed, or find your own way to relax.
Part of calming down before bed is getting yourself in a relaxing state of mind. We all have an activity that we find relaxing. Insert that activity right before bed.