I already wrote a post on how to start your day right and as soon as I finished it I decided to write this post on How to finish your day right. It seems logical to me. Many people ask themselves the question ‘How should I start my day to make it more productive and to decrease everyday stress in my life?’ But not many people wonder how they should finish their day in order to feel great the next day. I didn’t pay much attention to the end of my day for a long time but one day (several years ago) I found myself completely depressed, stressed and unhappy with my life. At that point I have decided that it was time for some changes. My transformation to a human being who is in balance with her inner self world started with a few small steps that I would like to share with everyone here. If you are just not in the right mood to read this long article you can feel free to look at my How to finish your day right – How to start your day right checklist. It can be a great reminder of what you should do and what you should not do every evening and every morning in order to get to the balanced YOU.
At first I would like to say a few words about the most important thing that you should do before you go to bed. Finishing your day right is all about getting ready for a good night sleep. This sleep will rejuvenate you and give you all the necessary energy for the next day. I am sure everybody knows how exhausted you feel in the morning if you do not get enough sleep so you should make sure that you will spend these 8 precious hours usefully. Here’s how I do it:
- Go to bed at reasonable time. Now I know that most of you are thinking. Everybody knows this Stacy so why are you even writing about it. Well my answer to that is if everyone knows about it then how come so few people actually do it? Sure there are the usual reasons such as “my favorite TV show comes on at 11:00” or “the night time is the only time I have to myself to get my work done.” Well this is true and if you want to keep clinging to these reasons then there is nothing I or anyone else can do to help you feel rested enough. But if you are interested in changing your life for the better then you have got to be disciplined enough to make the necessary changes. My husband and I have not watched television in almost two years now (well except for some Sunday afternoon football) and has it killed us? Nope not at all. If you need to get up at 6 a.m. and you watch your favorite TV show till 12 then don’t be surprised to feel like you are falling apart from the moment you open you eyes in the morning. Was watching that show really that important? Will you and your friends be discussing it within a week? Most likely no unless you are so boring that watching paint dry excites you. Most people need 8 hours of sleep (though there are exceptions who can be satisfied with only 6 hours) so plan your sleep ahead of time. If you need to get up at 6 a.m., then you need to be sleeping at 10 p.m. Work around your schedule and determine when you need to finish your day and when you need to start your day and get rid of all the unnecessary things.
- Finish all your work and all your big projects at least 2 hours before you go to bed. You need to make sure that your brain clears out before you go to bed otherwise different thoughts will be chasing you the whole night and you won’t get any sleep.
- Do not eat heavy meals before you go to bed. It’s okay to eat a small bowl of cereal or a cup of yogurt with some fruit if you feel hungry. However eating a full meal will make you feel pretty bad during the night and you will wake up completely exhausted in the morning. You must eat your full meal at least two hours before you go to bed.
- Have a walk or exercise a little bit before you go to bed. I am not talking about any strenuous exercise but some moderate activity 1-2 hours before you go to sleep will help you get rid of all that supper that you ate after a difficult day and will relieve muscle tension that resulted from your work.
- If you had an argument with somebody in your family try to reconcile it with them before you go to bed. In such a way you won’t have to carry this burden through the whole night and in the morning you will wake up refreshed and happy about yourself.
- Do not watch TV (You can tell that I just “love” TV). This tip might be controversial and many of you won’t agree with me but I strongly believe that television is one of our worst enemies. It fills so many hours of life with complete junk. This is time that we could spend playing with our children, exercising, spending time with your partner or family. Again I stopped watching TV almost two years ago (again except for football) and I am absolutely happy about it. We switched completely to DVDs and Internet and in such a way we can choose when and what we want to watch.
- Take a nice hot shower or a bath. All your negative emotions and worries will be washed off and your body will lose all the tension and stiffness that you gained during the day.
- Read a book or a magazine. Reading usually relaxes me and I can fall asleep easier after I read one or two pages of something.
- Find your “second wind point”. My husband and I have a “second wind point” at midnight. If we are not in bed by that time and if we are not falling asleep then it is most likely that we will spend the next few hours (or even the whole night) squirming and fidgeting in the bed. Most people get tired around a certain time every night but if they can get over it then they get the “second wind” and they can keep on going for a few more hours depriving themselves of important sleep. While it can be really good in case you need to finish an important project you still should not do it too often. Always go to bed before your “second wind point” to guarantee yourself a good night sleep.
- Think about something positive and something that you are thankful for. This tip seems to be the best for me. Like I already mentioned for some time in my life I was depressed and unhappy about life. I used to think that everything in my life was horrible and it was the last thought that was in my mind before I fell asleep as well as the first one when I woke up. My life was pretty miserable at that point so I started changing it by thinking of something positive every night. It could be something like ‘I am so happy that the weather was so great today and I went for a walk’, ‘It’s wonderful that I got to talk to my friend on the phone’, ‘I am so happy that all my relatives are healthy and doing good’. Very soon my life turned around and now I am a happy wife and mother who is completely satisfied with her job, her body and her life. You can pray before you go to bed and thank God for whatever you want to, you can make a small diary and start writing down your positive thoughts every night (when you feel really bad you can simply look through all these positive ideas and you will start feeling better immediately) or you can just think about something you are happy about and thankful for.
- Enjoy some thrilling romantic time with your partner. I think that’s the greatest way to finish your day
I know what works for some people will not necessarily work for others. Here I have shared my ways to finish a day and they work for me really well. I hope that some people will find these tips useful and they will be able to go to bed and wake up the next day feeling balanced and happy.
Keep it balanced!