Why morning & nighttime rituals are important
Do you wake up and feel rushed to get yourself ready for the day? Do you get to the end of the day and wonder what happened or where the day went? We live such fast-paced busy lives, that it seems impossible to slow down and take time for ourselves. This is why creating rituals can have such an impact. Particularly, why morning and nighttime rituals are so important. We will look at this in more detail here.
Morning routines can look different for each person, but if you don’t have a morning ritual, here are some ideas: exercise, journaling, yoga, meditation, coffee or tea in the quiet moments, reading, etc. Similarly, nighttime routines don’t always look the same but some ideas before bed include: planning meals for the next day, cleaning up common spaces, yoga, journaling, meditation, shut off screens 30 minutes before bed, gratitude writing, read, etc. For some people, their morning and nighttime routines look very similar, they set up their day and end their day with the same rituals.
why morning and nighttime rituals are so important?
1. Set yourself up for success – planning out your day before you head to bed can make the next day feel successful right away. If you’ve got your meals planned, you don’t have to worry about staying on track. If you wake up with the common spaces (kitchen, living room, entryway, etc.) in your home clean and welcoming, you’re less likely to feel overwhelmed and stressed before you’ve even had your morning coffee or tea! Also, exercising in the morning can make you feel like you have a “win” for the day before it even really begins. Another common morning ritual is to make your bed. It’s so simple and you’ve accomplished something right away… another WIN!
2. Start the day right – having a plan for your meals sets up the day for less stress. We’re sure you’ve had those days where not having one (or more) of your meals planned out causes stress and often leads to poor nutrition choices. Waking up at the same time each day is beneficial for your body… you don’t feel overwhelmed by sleeping too late or guilty for not getting your morning off to a good start. Waking up to clean common spaces makes the day go better; you don’t wake up having to deal with dirty dishes or messes. You can see the first two reasons to have morning and nighttime rituals are interconnected. Starting the day off right sets you up for success the rest of the day. You’ll likely feel less frazzled and out of control as they day goes on, because you know you started off on the right foot.
3. Get good sleep – having a ritual can help you get good sleep. Many people don’t get enough sleep at night and those that do, don’t sleep well. Your body needs 7-9 hours to rest and repair. Winding down your day in the same way each night can help your body recognize that it’s time for bed and will help you fall asleep and sleep more soundly. Turning off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed will help the brain know it’s time to wind down. Too much blue light keeps the brain “awake” and then you can struggle sleeping. Saying goodnight to your technology more than 30 minutes before bed is even better! Journaling can help get any thoughts off your mind and on to paper. Some people call this a “brain dump,” instead of lying there thinking about all the things you did or didn’t do that day, just write it all out and clear your mind. Writing down things that you were grateful for that day can help you feel thankful and at peace. Yoga or meditation before bed can ease the mind and stretch the body to relax muscles and tension. This often helps people sleep better. Taking a bath, diffusing relaxing essential oils, having some calming tea are all other suggestions you could add to a nighttime ritual to help you fall (and stay) asleep!
4. Wake up feeling rested – in conjunction with the last reason (getting good sleep), having a nighttime routine will help you wake up feeling rested. In the same way waking up at the same time every day helps the body and mind, going to bed at the same time each day can also help your body feel better overall. Getting too much or too little sleep can make you feel more groggy or tired as the day goes on. If you wake up feeling rested, your morning ritual will set you up for the day ahead. Looking at the main things you want to accomplish that day, being ready for what the schedule ahead brings, and having a plan will make the day go more smoothly.
5. Connect with your intentions and goals – exercising (whether it is part of your morning or evening routine) can help you stay on track with your intentions and goals. If it is part of your schedule, you’re less likely to slough it off and not do it. This goes for meal planning too, you can have much better results and your body will feel much better if you are able to easily stay on track with your nutrition plan. Starting out your day knowing exactly what lies ahead for your physical activity and food make it easy to stick with it. Obviously, there are things outside of our control that sometimes throw a wrench into the day but having a plan makes sure these wrenches cause as few problems as possible.
Having a morning ritual makes it less likely that you will fee rushed to get yourself ready for the day. A nighttime ritual can help you evaluate the day and know where your hours and minutes went. Living a fast-paced busy life means it is so important to slow down and take time for yourself. Creating rituals can have such an impact on your outlook, attitude and mindset. Therefore, morning and nighttime rituals are so important. We invite you to set up your own rituals and see how much it changes your life!