Just as important as gearing up for your day in the morning is the way you decompress and wind down at the end of it. By adding structure to the end of your workday, you allow your mind and body to process, reorganize, rest, and reset. Today, we’re breaking down Jillian’s evening routine.
Just like many folks, Jillian’s workday ends at 5:00. After work, doing a short 30-minute yoga practice can help decompress the stress built up in your body, allowing you to wind down for the day. From there, having dinner, reading, watching TV, and being with family releases the built-up pressures of the workday.
Another useful thing you can do in your evening routine is organizing past, current, and future projects around the house. This is a great time to purge unwanted junk, itemize what you have around the house, and file what needs to be filed. That way, if you ever need to move, downsize, or locate an important item, you did that after work one day!
Now that you’ve successfully wrapped up your evening, prep for the morning. That means taking care of yourself overnight: brush your teeth, have water handy, lay out clothes if you need to, have your morning self-care ready to go. That way, when you wake up, you don’t have any extra work you need to do that could put you off track.
In bed, Jillian recommends reading from a real book–avoiding blue light. While it can be nice to watch a YouTube video or read on your phone, the light can wake you up instantly and prevent you from falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting the rest you need and deserve. If your mind goes a million miles an hour, instead of going on your phone, keep a journal next to your bed where you can jot down ideas and thoughts and dreams.
It’s important to remember that there is a natural ebb and flow to life–you’re not going to be doing yoga at the same time every day, you may have to adjust, and that’s okay! The goal is to set yourself up for success by allowing your body to rest. A routine is the fastest way there!
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