The more routines we can establish, the more efficiently our whole body works. Mornings and evenings are sacred times that can contribute for our overall health if we create our ideal routines. When we create a beautiful and relaxing evening routine we set ourselves up for a fantastic beauty sleep that will not only support our overall health, energy and immunity, but also rejuvenate our whole body, balance our hormones and improve our mood. Good quality sleep is my most important,non negotiable daily routine, because, believe me, we can drink all the green juices in the world, but if we don´t have a regular beauty sleep we won´t feel our best to live the life we truly desire.
So here are my top 5 tips for a relaxing evening routine that will slow you down and calm down your nervous system to get you into a state where you can have the most amazing rejuvenated and beauty sleep.
1. Eat dinner at least a few hours before going to bed
Plan your day so that dinner time falls earlier in the evening. Every time you eat, your body has to digest the foods, making it difficult for our body to relax. So, try to eat at least 3 hours before sleep and avoid hard to digest foods like junk food, too much animal protein or stimulating foods such as spice. Prepare a delicious dinner for you and your family and eat slowly and mindfully. If you really have to eat before sleep try a little snack like an almond milk based drink or a chia pudding, and try do do it an hour before going to bed.
2. Have a soothing drink before sleep
Having a delicious herbal tea or a warm almond milk based drink before sleep is a beautiful ritual to slow you down and prepare you for a good night sleep. I like to make my Healthy Goodnight signature drink where I warm up 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 tsp raw cacao, sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut nectar/sugar or other natural sweetener of choice. It is delicious!
3. Avoid technology right before sleep
Bright screens, like the one on your phones, computer or TV emit a blue light which suppresses melatonin, the hormone that encourages your body to sleep. These screens affect not only how quickly you fall asleep, but also the quality of sleep you get. So try to avoid watching TV or scrolling down the social media at least one hour before sleep. Instead read a book or spend time with your family. I know that it can be a challenge to disconnect, but give it a try and feel the benefits!
4. Take a relaxing shower before sleep
Taking a shower helps your body to slow down. Energetically you can imagine all the stress, struggles and negative energy flesh down as you shower. Once or twice a week you can also try a bath with essentials oil like lavender and Epsom salts with some relaxation music and a candle, and then jump into your pyjamas.
5. Practice meditation for at least 5 minutes
Take time to disconnect from the world and connect with your inner self. If you are new to meditation it can be as simple as 5 minutes of pranayama (breathing exercises) or try a guided meditation by 2 Health App. This practice will help you to slow down your breath and separate you from the thoughts and worries of the day. If you have time you can even do some gentle yoga poses, I personally love to do legs up against the wall while practising a deep belly breathing. This is incredible for the nervous system and takes us quicker to a state of deep sleep.
I know it can be hard to do them all at once. This week try at least one of my tips and let us know how it goes in the comments below.
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Lots of love and light,
Be Natural with Inês
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Inês Pimentel is a Holistic Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Teacher from Be Natural with Inês, currently living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.