My mind races to complete all the undone’s and still need to do’s. I have always been a morning person, except in high school, but lately I’m off. I don’t function well without good sleep and enough of it and times like this call for specific measures. Here are my steps to end my day.
- Make a “to-do” and “to-call” list in order of priority at the end of the day. You can use a note pad or desk organizer or anything you choose but it must be the same spot/source every day and in a spot that you will see in the morning. If you work from home or are a stay at home mom, choose the home office or another space that the kids can’t get to. I had a desk job my last 10 years in the Navy. Each day before I left the office, I placed my to-do and to-call on a post right in front of my computer. I would cross off my list as I accomplished my tasks and then throw the post it away. This prevents me from tracing my steps while trying to fall asleep.
***If your memory sucks, write everything down or you’ll forget and cause yourself more stress down the road***
- Snap a picture of the list in case you don’t make into work the next day. You may be able to tackle some of it from home.
- Create an alert/alarm in your phone calendar for scheduled appointments. There are apps that do this too but I haven’t found one that I like better.
- Clean your kitchen after dinner (this means dishes too). This very well may be the single-handed key to a good morning. Ya feels me ladies? I’m at a point in my life I do NOT enjoy cooking and would be fine if I never cooked again so If I wake up to a dirty kitchen I want to pull my hair out and blame somebody else for not taking the initiative to do it either. Cleaning the kitchen saves us all.
5. Take a hot bath with Epsom salt and if you really want to get fancy get this lavender infused epson salt. Epson Salt contains magnesium in which most adults are deficient. Pour it in while your bath is running and store it in a pretty container that can sit right on the edge of your tub.
*Soaking in Epsom salt just 12 minutes a day can reduce stress, joint pain, inflammation, insomnia, and is also considered a detoxifier.
- Sleep in clean crisp sheets and set the air temperature to 69 degrees or below. Even if your room is a mess, clean sheets will make you happy.
- Make the room as dark as possible.
- Turn your phone on silent and leave all other electronics outside the bedroom or at least out of reach.
- Read a book that is good but not too intense, believe it or not, your heart rate can raise and you are trying to lower it at this point of the day.
- Lastly, tell God thank you for this day.