The Perfect Bedtime Routine Before A Big Day
Whether you have a big day (such as a job interview or a very important meeting) or not, the correct bedtime routine the night before is crucial. However, if your Big Day is indeed tomorrow (Big Day capitalized because it’s very big), the stakes are even higher. That means that you should follow a step-to-step bedtime routine in order to be well-rested and energized the next day. It’s a well-known fact that the last thing that you do before going to bed will determine your level of energy the following day, so choose wisely. Here are a couple of tips on how to create your perfect bedtime routine, especially if it’s before a Big Day.
The first thing that you need to do is say goodbye to all the gadgets one hour before going to bed, as using them right before you fall asleep can be very harmful. Basically, check all your instant messages, Instagram and Facebook before heading off to Dreamland, turn off the internet and just enjoy the rest of the night by doing something else that you enjoy. You can always choose reading or watching a light comedy on the TV. If you’re up for a chat, call a friend or a family member and talk it out. If you have any difficulties doing this, as your arm uncontrollably reaches for your phone, try to designate a charging room and plug your phone there – you’ll feel very lazy to go over there to check all the notifications, and succeed in having your “Amish hour”.
This doesn’t mean you have to have a yoga class before going to bed. Simply, before you turn to the side and sleep, just close your eyes and enjoy 10 minutes in silence or listen to the tunes of relaxing sounds (make sure not to use songs with lyrics, but rather play nature sounds or instrumental pieces). It might be quite challenging to do this at first without a myriad of thoughts coming to your head, but once you train yourself to do it, this will definitely be a part of your bedtime routine that will result in you being more relaxed the following day.
Pick your outfit the night before
Since you don’t want any stress in the morning of your Big Day, especially not concerning what to wear (and you know how stressful that can be), try to choose your outfit the day before. You have to look your best for your Big Day, so make sure to pick your best pieces of clothing, such as for example your favorite dress that you own, or the comfy nike shoes to channel that trendy work-leisure style. The clothes you wear can significantly enhance your productivity and boost your confidence, so make sure to use the perks of expensive clothing that you look excellent in. Always go with “Dress to impress” – and make sure to choose your dress for impressing the night before.
Reflect on the positive things of that day
One of the things many successful people do before going to sleep is they reflect on the good things that happened to them during the day and try to forget the negative ones. Writing down 3 things that you were happy for that day can really make your sleep much more peaceful. It’s also said that keeping a “gratitude journal” can remind people of how well they’ve done that specific day, especially because of the small things they’re not very aware of. It’s very important that you celebrate the successes of that day, no matter how small they are.
Visualise tomorrow's success
Positive thinking and visualizing successes is very important for your physical state. Since you definitely don’t want to go to bed thinking tomorrow will be a disaster (nothing good can come out of that), try to imagine that everything will be exactly perfect, and furthermore visualize your life affected by tomorrow’s successes. Not only will you be a lot happier in the morning, you will also fall asleep more easily, and get those 8 hours of sleep that you desperately need.
To sum up, the most important thing is – rest. Give your body that relaxation since it needs it very much, especially before a stressful day. Moreover, try to stay positive. Not because it will somehow affect the stars to bring you luck, but because you don’t have anything by thinking negatively. And it’s bad for your skin.
Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She's written for as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. You can follow her on twitter.