Nighttime Routine for Relaxation
Hello! My name is Michelle, Fruitful Yield Staff Writer and member of Fruitful Yield's Marketing Team. Today, I wanted to share my nighttime relation routine, because it's helped me and I hope it can help others too. I spend 8 hours at work, do chores afterward, and spend the majority of the day staring at a screen. It's basically a recipe for a racing heart. Luckily, I've found some amazing ways to unwind before bed, that relax my nerves and get me ready to drift off to amazing sleep.
I love a long walk in the evening. Walking is not only great for a number of health targets, but it also helps with sleep. According to Harvard Health Publishing, "Exercise boosts the effect of natural sleep hormones such as melatonin." I prefer to take a relaxing walk with my mom and dog. It's safer to walk at night with a friend. Plus, I have positive conversations to set the tone of the night.
Set the mood
It's important for the body to have less light as bedtime approaches. This is due to the body's "circadian rhythms" or sleep/wake cycles, which use darkness and light as signals to make the body sleepy or energized. I enjoy showering with a few candles lit, but of course, recommend a candlelit bath for safety reasons! I prefer these candles from Goodlight, which produce beautiful light with a clean burn. It creates the relaxing atmosphere of a spa, with a calming aroma, and without being too strong. Sometimes, I use a diffuser with my favorite essential oil in addition to that. I diffuse mint or eucalyptus, but you can also diffuse more relaxing essential oils like lavender or chamomile.
Que the music
Music can have profound effects on our mood. I set the mood to my shower with some calming instrumental music. In my experience, when music has no words, it's far more calming because it allows the brain to shut off. Peaceful piano playlists and sleep playlists can be found on most music streaming platforms. I love this one on Spotify! Play around with different styles, and see what gets you the most relaxed!
Do a non-screen activity