Self Care is often easier to talk about but harder to follow through on. Why is that? When you think of your own life, what gets in the way of you providing care for yourself? I believe there are pressures and expectations we feel are only right for how we should live- sacrificing for the needs of others and overall just living a selfless life. However, where is the line drawn?
If we are sacrificing our own needs and not taking care of ourselves, how then are we able to take care of others properly and effectively? Someone in some aspect is counting on you to take care of a need. In order to take care of those needs we need to learn better self care and stick to it.
How Can We Start To Care For Ourselves?
I think one of the most important ways we can work on self care, is for us to look at our bedtime routine patterns. What would that look like for you each night? Write this down in a self care journal, as this could be useful for you to see the patterns that have been created. What has worked for you and what hasn’t? What has you feeling drained the following day and what has you feeling alive in the morning? Pay attention to these details.
#1 Bedtime Ritual For Self Care
Go To Sleep At The Same Time Every Night
We absolutely cannot make excuses for this one. I know you want to- but that does you no good. Factor in interruptions as much as possible. Some things are unavoidable but if we can factor in interruptions, that are a little more predictable, then we can plan for some cushion of time to give ourselves before bed.Getting a consistent sleep schedule down will allow your body to get the proper amount of rest that it needs, in order to function properly for the next day. Click To Tweet
For me, I go to bed every weeknight between 9:30-10 pm. If someone calls me, I do not pick up the phone. This is a bedtime ritual for self care that has worked for me. I let people know my bedtime so that they do not call or text me after 10 pm. The weekends are a little more flexible. However I still don’t extend my time beyond midnight because it makes the routine for my body harder to get back into.
#2 Bedtime Ritual For Self Care
Use Healthy Remedies That Help Your Mind And Body To Fall Asleep And Stay Asleep
It can take some time to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. Don’t give up hope. Do your research and figure out what is helpful for you and what you need. There are a few great remedies I use to get a good night of sleep.
Try A Weighted Blanket
This is a magical bedtime ritual I use for self care every night. I sleep with my 15 pound weighted blanket every night. It has been one of the most useful tools for getting good sleep. Weighted blankets help us get the deep pressure sensory that we need and as a result- releases serotonin which helps to regulate our brain functions. The deep pressure that you get from a weighted blanket has been shown to produce calming effects that help release stress, reduce anxiety and help you sleep.
Take A Warm Bath Or Shower
This can help you to wash off the day. Maybe you had a hard day or busy one. Doing this can help you to let go of the day and relax. A warm bath or shower also can stimulate sleep. A warm bath can elevate your mood and allows your mind and body to relax. That is the perfect set up for a good night of sleep.
#3 Bedtime Ritual For Self Care
Prepare The Night Before
Some of the problem we have of not being able to fall asleep is about all the things we need to get done the next day or the worries we had about our day. The best thing you can do for yourself is prepare. Write a to do list of what you need to get done for tomorrow. Anything you can get done before bed is going to help ease your mind for the next day. Simple things like making lunch or deciding what outfit to wear for the next day, have planned and laid out for, before going to bed. That way you do not have to worry so much about those last minute details.
#4 Bedtime Ritual For Self Care
Focus Your Mind On What Is Good
I remember hearing or reading somewhere about Oprah Winfrey and what she does before going to bed. She writes what she is grateful for in a journal before bed. As a result, she said that she has a good nights sleep. It’s important to get your mind focused on what is good. If we don’t then struggling with night terrors and waking up in the middle of the night could be an issue. Meditating on scripture, journaling what you are grateful for, or releasing your worries to God in prayer, are all great ways to end your night and have a great night of sleep.
What bedtime rituals do you have? I’d love to hear what works for you and your loved ones.
Be blessed & bless others,