12 Evening Habits to Include in Your Night Routine for a Successful Tomorrow 257

12 Evening Habits to Include in Your Night Routine for a Successful Tomorrow - letsreachsuccess.com lidiya k

What you do first thing in the morning has a huge effect on how successful and productive your whole day will be.

It’s no coincidence that successful entrepreneurs get up much earlier than the average person (even if they can afford to sleep in), and dedicate the first hour or so of their day to activities and habits that get them in a good mood, set them up for a big day, unleash their creativity, positivity and peace, and help them get to work and start getting things done with motivation and passion.

That’s why a powerful morning ritual can turn your whole life around.

But there’s something else you can do that will double your results in every area, and will let you build even more successful habits: having an evening success ritual.

Yes, there are things you can do right after you wake up that are healthy, positive and productive. But there are also the ones you can make time for before you go to bed.

I believe that your evening habits are what makes you have a good night’s sleep (or are responsible for the lack of it), can help you leave the problems of the day behind and empty your mind so that you can be ready for tomorrow, can give you an idea of how you’re performing at work, personal life, etc.

So yes, what you do before you go to bed matters a lot. And if you take control of it and dedicate as little as 20 minutes to create a pleasant night ritual that includes some powerful evening habits, you can guarantee tomorrow’s success from the night before.

Here’s what you can do:

Evening Habits: Quick Things to Do Every Night to Sleep Better and Be More Productive Tomorrow

1. Evaluate your day.

assess your day in the evening, that's a success evening habit

That can take no more than 5 minutes a day but can have a tremendous effect on your personal development.

Most people just keep trying to improve themselves and achieve more, and even if they do a lot of things every day, take action all the time and are motivated, they still don’t know whether they are doing things right.

Truth is that you may think you’re being productive, when in fact you spend hours every day in time-wasting activities, bad habits, procrastination and taking decisions that can be automated.

To change that, assess your day in the evening so that you can see what works and what doesn’t. Here’s what to watch out for:

  • what you did and didn’t get done;
  • how you feel about it;
  • if you could have done it in less time and how;
  • were you productive;
  • were there things you did that weren’t urgent or even necessary;
  • did you prioritize;
  • what would you change to be more productive tomorrow.

2. Write your to-do list for tomorrow morning now.

That will make it easier for you to get to work after your morning ritual the next day simply because you will have scheduled your day.

Make sure to include the following for peak performance:

  • the things that need to get done tomorrow;
  • small things like a meeting or calling a friend, and other arrangements;
  • daily errands and habits (grocery shopping, cleaning the house or starting a new habit);
  • your most important tasks for the day;
  • things you’ve been putting off for a long time (you probably don’t need to complete them tomorrow but it’s better if they are on your list so that you can eventually do something about them);
  • things not to do (maybe there’s a bad behavior you want to stop doing).

All this will give you a sense of what you have to do tomorrow and it will be easier for you to dedicate time to each but still keep the other tasks in mind and not forget about them.

3. Don’t eat or drink 2-4 hours before bed.

If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, that may be the main reason.

4. Accept today for what it was.

living life one moment at a time

Tell yourself you did your best and feel good about it.

Many people tend to carry the burden of the day with them to the next one. And thus can never achieve more as they’re always in the past somehow.

Don’t be like that.

5. Let go.

Leave behind all the problems, thoughts about work, negativism, doubts and regrets about this day.

Focusing on them will make you sleep deprived and stressed as you’ll be overthinking for a long time when you try to get to sleep.

You can’t really change anything about today. It is what it is. And it’s not bad. It’s just how you performed.
The good news is you can be twice as productive and positive tomorrow if you decide to and turn letting go into one of your success evening habits..

6. Unplug.

During that evening routine make sure you don’t use any devices. At least during the last 30 minutes of your day.

I know it may be hard for most people to close their laptops (especially if they’re working from home) or to leave their phones. But it’s the better thing to do.

7. Do some reading (offline) to get yourself to sleep.

If you find it hard to get yourself to sleep, try this evening habit.

Not only will you bring back the essential practice of reading daily, but you’ll also learn new stuff, get inspired or come up with new ideas. Be it fiction or non-fiction, the book will make you sleepy after a while too.

8. Meditate.

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That’s not a must, of course. It may just not be your thing. But you should at least give it a try in order to feel the benefits a quick meditation session before bedtime can have on your mental health and life in general.

So many successful people do it. And they say it helps them empty their mind, let go of the worries and be in the present moment.

Add to it positive affirmations about how proud of yourself and your performance today you are, about the good sleep you’re going to get in 15 minutes and about tomorrow and all the opportunities it will bring.

9. Floss.

Do it together with brushing your teeth, taking a shower, washing and cleansing your face, or whatever else you do during your evening hygiene routine.

10. Prepare your clothes for tomorrow.

Build that together with the other evening habits and you’ll make things easier for the next morning. You can get other stuff ready too, so that you won’t forget anything and won’t need to be in a hurry.

11. Set up an alarm and put it on the other side of the room.

This will help you wake up immediately.

12. Go to sleep and be excited about tomorrow morning.

That’s one of the most natural and powerful ways to actually get up earlier than you have to and kickstart your day.

Just think about what tomorrow may bring – you may take opportunities and thus open new doors, you may double your productivity and see more results in just one day, you may meet new people, take a serious decision about your life and decide to change, etc.

It’s all up to you. And all that can start in the morning. So be happy about it.

This way you’ll wake up not in a bad mood, but with a smile on your face and gratitude in your heart.

What do you think? Would such an nighttime ritual be a nice addition to your day? And which of these evening habits would you like to develop first?

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 21

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.

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Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.