As someone living with anxiety, I quite often find it difficult to sleep, which I’ve spoken about this before in a previous blog. I need to have a good relaxation routine before bed so that I can actually get to sleep. Good sleep doesn’t go with being a waitress in the evenings, meaning I quite often don’t even get in bed until midnight. But on my nights off I have my relaxation routine down to a T so that I can get a good night’s sleep.
Exercise late afternoon
I’ve spent ages trying to figure out when the best time of day to work out is for me, but I have realised that I fall asleep a lot quicker if I have exercised at about 6pm. I go to the gym for an hour or so, which is enough to burn off any adrenaline from my day so that I can relax in the evening. I notice a significant difference when I don’t go to the gym, so I believe exercise really is good for mental health.
Candlelit bubble bath
After eating dinner and watching some early evening TV, I love to have a nice relaxing bubble bath with candles. I turn off the main light so the lighting is low, which helps to start switching my brain off from the day. Sometimes I take my iPad to watch some Netflix while I relax, or I use Spotify and listen to acoustic playlists. Pair this with a face mask and you’ve got yourself a lovely evening!
Drink mint green tea
Or any flavour tea, as long as it doesn’t have caffeine in it. I love this one as the mint flavour disguises the not so nice taste of the green tea itself. I think it’s delicious to sip when you’re all cosy in bed!
Colouring is not just for children! Grab a mindful colouring book from the supermarket for just £2.99 and you will be surprised how therapeutic it is. It’s a great, creative, and much healthier alternative to watching TV before bed.
Use lavender pulse roll-on
Lavender is known for it’s relaxing scent, so it’s perfect for sending you off to sleep. I love rolling this on my pulse points just before bed as I find I fall asleep really quickly when I use it. My favourite one is from Lordington Lavender, my local lavender farm.
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