It is true that there is less talk about what are great evening rituals to adopt than morning ones because rising early tends to make us get more done and live happier lives. But it is also a fact that a morning ritual is only half of a productive day; the other being an evening routine which follows it.
So which evening rituals should you embrace? What are successful people doing right before bed or in the evening? What unique methods should you create for yourself?
Abundant content is written about the best morning routines all the time, yet adding evening rituals to your schedule can make a bigger difference. It can pave the way for you to have a finer and even better experience the day after. There are a lot of simple practices that can be particularly effective.
Besides, great evening rituals appear to benefit also the people who maintain the belief that such routines do not work. But if you go across the world, there are remaining tribes that do not know what depression is. For them, it does not exist.
These tribes have different morning and evening rituals than you or me. These healthy routines connect them with Mother Nature and the cycle of life. They eat natural foods. They have sufficient rest and sleep. They get enough physical activity and, above all, derive emotional support from the people around them at all time.
All of these characteristics shield them from depression. I am not saying that you should forget your entire lifestyle to go live in a tribe; however what I am saying is that most things are under your control. You could create evening rituals out of this stuff which you could adhere to, to greater success and a better way of living.
The Strong Influence of Routines
Recent research shows that your routines can have an enormous impact on your views, thoughts, moods, feelings, and actions. These personal habits or behaviors can decrease nervousness and concern while improving your confidence before a demanding job. Many athletes, singers, actors and famous figures have such rituals.
Did you know that each time he played a game, the legendary Michael Jordan would wear the shorts he had from the University of North Carolina? He would simply hide them under his outfit. You have to realize that everyone has different daily or evening rituals. For example, we all go to bed and get up at different times. I, myself, am an early riser (6 AM) and a late owl (12 or 1 AM).
A More Productive Way
You should set yourself up so you can have a more productive day tomorrow. But it is not that easy! On average, you have more good experiences than bad ones on any given day. The only problem is the natural tendency of your mind, which usually gives more importance to negative moments.
So, each evening, you should devote ten minutes to learn new ways of being more productive because even when we have the best intentions, we appear to procrastinate. You have to stop functioning in unproductive ways.
Another point I want to make is that there is a little more to life than hustling, making money and achieving success. Watch this lovely and straightforward video ‘Your mind is all you have, ’ and you will understand what I am trying to convey.
A Choice of Great Evening Rituals
Let me give you some great evening rituals of successful and creative people I know and of myself, and how you can apply and implement them into your nighttime routine. Choose the best for you, and appreciate a full productive day.
You have to know that the quiet of the night can be the perfect remedy for a creative block when you have one. You can sit in a room or on your bed in the dark for a certain amount of time. The reason for this evening ritual is that your most creative ideas come just before bed or when in it.
Why? Your mind is less restrained at night, and you can make connections you would not have been able to otherwise. Every night before bedtime, you could even put your phone some place or in another room, so you are not distracted by it.
Reading before Bedtime
You need to spend time reading at one point or another during the day or night, but your best bet is to spend your evenings reading before bedtime. It is the last thing you should do. Did you know that just five to six minutes of daily reading is enough to reduce stress by 70% and improve memory? An excellent evening routine, isn’t it?
Another huge benefit from cracking reading, or open a good book as a nightly routine is that it can improve the long term health of your brain. Every time you read, it is like a mental workout for your mind. So this is an excellent excuse to start lying in bed with a good book before you turn in for the evening. Most successful people read at least 1 hour.
Reflecting on the Day
Every evening, before retiring at whatever time, you have to think about your day. You could examine it by asking yourself what positive steps you have accomplished, what you did not do so well, and what you could do to improve tomorrow. A bit of introspection is never a waste of time and goes a long way.
Furthermore, you have to pat yourself on the back for anything you have done well, but also forgive yourself for any mistakes you made, or problems you caused. Think of what you can learn from what happened, capture the lesson and let go of the bad feeling. This evening ritual helps you approach the next day with a clean slate and a fresh start.
Planning the Next Morning or Day
You should always be consistent in your craft and determined to keep moving forward. So, generally after dinner or before reading, you could spend a few minutes making notes to plan the next day’s work.
Writing down your priorities and tasks is a great evening ritual so that you can wake up with purpose and clarity. You then begin the morning with your planned main concerns or most important tasks for the day.
Walking as an Evening Ritual
You could unwind by taking a brisk walk in the evening. Aside from the health benefits of a daily walk, know that it can also increase your creativity. When you are walking, your mind is not working as hard. So it opens up the free flow of ideas.
Therefore, if you have a severe problem you have not been able to find a solution for, maybe a friendly, night time stroll is all you need to find the perfect, creative solution.
Meditating and its Benefits
If you are not already, you could add this way to unwind at the end of a stressful day; get into a meditation session. Meditation is a wonderful evening ritual and is found to help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain.
So regardless of your view on meditation, you cannot argue with the results that ensue from meditating. Use some time to work on emptying your mind from any work-related issues and worries that might be occupying you at present.
Forgiving Everyone and Everything
Countless things happen during the day that is negative to all of us. It can be a rude administration worker, a friend who lied, someone who made a careless mistake but you are to blame, and more.
No matter if big or small, there are so many things you come across each day.
Creating an evening ritual such as forgiving everyone and everything prepares you for a better tomorrow. It enables you to walk away lighter, with no baggage of resentments that could get hidden deep if you are not paying attention.
Remembering Family Time
You have to enjoy time and eat with your family. When acting as mentors, leaders emphasize the importance of quality family time and eating a healthy meal together. So the next time you think you are too busy, try to resist the urge to skip dinner with the family.
No matter how busy you are, you should honor your family evening rituals. Even if you want to achieve success, take the time to devote attention to your loved ones who matter more than anyone else. Remember that your loved ones are the Masterpiece.
Know What to Do Next
You must know what should come next. This 'after sunset' routine makes it easier to begin the next day since you can pick up where you left off the previous evening. What I mean by that is to make your evening ritual as easy as possible by minimizing resistance.
If you feel like you want to run in the morning? Get your running clothes ready the night before. Feel like a good breakfast in the morning first thing; you may try to prepare some of it in the evening.
Here is a simple yet unique planning example to you could add to your evening ritual. Try it.
Tomorrow, I am going to ____.
To be ready, I have to ____.
I must remember my ____.
The random thoughts that fill my head are just ___.
Also, remember to ____.
Finally, the last of your evening rituals should be to understand the magnitude of all daily things while lying in bed, no matter how simple.
By having such evening rituals, it sets a follow for your morning routines. This way, you wake up, feel productive, and get more done throughout the day and evening. But you have to discipline yourself actually to do these things daily! If you look after your evening rituals, your morning routines will take care of themselves.
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Sergei VanBellinghen, Founder & CEO of First-Class Lifestyle, currently a Self-Improvement & Success Expert Consultant, using self-development techniques to help you succeed and have a better life. Visit my website at sergeivanbellinghen.com