My top 5 tips for the perfect evening routine

The more routines we can establish, the most efficiently all our 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 rejuvenate all our body, balance our hormones and improve our mood. Good quality sleep is my most important daily non negotiable 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.

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 or too much animal protein and 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.

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 chocolate goodnight drink. It is delicious!

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 on social media at least one hour before sleep and 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!

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.

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. 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 deep belly breathing. This is incredible for the nervous system and take us quicker to a state of deep sleep.

I know it can be hard to do them all at once so this week try at least one of my tips and let me know how it goes. Do you have any other tip for the perfect evening routine? Share them in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.

Love,

Inês

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