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10 Things for Parents to Do Before Going to Sleep

Evening for parents is usually a set of routine actions. We need to make dinner, clean up, get ready for the next day, put kids to sleep, pack a lunch for the next day, etc. However, if you happen to have some time left in the evening, why not to spend it with use? Maybe doing some of the following things will make you happier? Let’s try.

Walk

Go for a short walk before going to bed. It can help you step over all the troubles and anxieties of the day. You can enjoy peace and quiet and think about the things that worry or excite you. Besides, walking is good for your health.

Think of your day

Benjamin Franklin thought that time was the most precious resource, so he cared a lot about dividing it right. At the end of every day he asked himself what good deeds he managed to do today and analyzed the whole day. It let him understand what things he succeeded in and what things were ahead. Try to do just that. 

Meditate

Morning meditation can put you in the right mood for work. It is even better to meditate before sleep as well. It can help you clear your mind and get ready for resting.

Make sure your family is safe

I have a friend who once told me that he got anxious every evening for no reason. After some time it turned out that actually was deeply worried that something would happen to his family. He was afraid that someone can break in and hurt them (first I called it paranoia, but after watching the news for a while, you don’t think so anymore).

So, the only thing he did was to set up a good security system, and he developed a habit of checking all the windows and doors before going to sleep. This routine made him feel much better.

Aim

Evening is a great time for choosing your aims and cheering yourself up. Use positive affirmations:

  • To encourage you to be more confident;
  • To set your mind to success;
  • To abstract your mind from other people’s opinions;
  • To concentrate on your goals;
  • To motivate you for hard work, etc.

Read

Many great people read before going to sleep. Reading inspires and helps to generate new ideas. If you are familiar with insomnia, a book can help you calm and fall asleep. What to read is up to you. However, I wouldn’t recommend you reading thrillers, horrors or dramatic stories.

Write a diary

Writing a diary is not as childish as many people think. Psychologists say that writing our thoughts and emotions down, we make our life more conscious and sensible. Sometimes a note in a diary helps to solve some problems that are hiding deep down in your subconscious mind. It can also be a blog, either private or public.

Plan

Making a plan for the next day in the evening can save your time as you don’t have to do in the morning and mobilize you as you will wake up knowing what to do.

Priorities

This is a next step after planning the things to do tomorrow. When you have a plan, you need to choose your priorities. Pick three most important tasks. They have to help you to go to your goals and to progress. Divide them then into smaller parts and pick the exact hours you need to finish them by.

Gratitude

This thing should be done when you are already in bed. Close your eyes and think who you are thankful to and for what. Gratitude is a positive emotion that motivates you to develop and do the right moves. Falling asleep with good thoughts will probably help you continue this positive thinking the next day.

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