Mornings are sacred but what about your evenings? Our evenings can offer a beautiful space for turning inward, slowing down and softening. How can you elevate your evenings for a more restful sleep and a better day ahead?
Rituals allow us to harness the energy swirling around you to really tap into your own internal consciousness and decide how you want to expand your life. This upcoming week try a cup of chamomile tea with a bit of Berry Bee Honey before getting ready for sleep each night or Chrysalis Oil as part of your evening skincare regimen. See how you feel after 7 days and share/tag us on Instagram! We LOVE hearing from you!
Sleep is SO important to our mind, body and soul and deep, restorative sleep should be an absolute non-negotiable but often gets pushed to the back of your mind. Sleep is connected to so much in our body including our eating habits. Studies have shown that those who are well-rested have better portion control and will select healthier food options than those who are sleep-deprived!
Of course, wanting to get enough sleep isn’t the same as actually doing it, which is why we’re sharing five tips on how to cultivate a better bedtime routine:
Create a wind-down routine.
One of the best ways to ensure a good night's sleep is to set it up with a proper wind-down routine. Meditate, journal, or practice some skincare, whatever clears your mind after a long day. Set the mood in your room by dimming the lights while you get unready. Take a warm bath (elevate it with our Chrysalis Bath Soak) or simple stretch and breathe.
Try to unplug 2 hours before it’s time to hit the hay.
It’s time for ALL of your screens – your computer, TV, tablet, phone – to go to sleep so you can give your eyes and brain a chance to wind down. If you have the discipline to not get sucked back into checking your email or Instagram, then feel free to use your phone as your morning alarm. But otherwise, I suggest getting a good ol’ fashioned clock and leaving your phone in the kitchen or living room.
Brew a cup of calming bedtime tea.
Chamomile is always a wonderful go-to for bedtime, but if you’d like to try a potent blend of herbs and flowers, try Yogi Bedtime Tea. We love this relaxing, stress-relieving tea because it contains chamomile, valerian, St. John’s Wort, lavender, skullcap leaf, cardamom, cinnamon, rose hip, raspberry leaf, stevia, passion flower, licorice root, AND spearmint. We recommend drinking your tea an hour and a half before it’s time to go to bed so you can hit the bathroom right before you go to sleep. Add a spoonful of superfood honey like Berry Bee Honey or Green Bee Honey for extra immunity and glowing skin!
Write down 5 things from the day that you’re grateful for.
While you’re sipping your tea, take out your favorite journal and reflect on 5 amazing things that you’re thankful happened. They could be as big as getting a job promotion to as small as noticing how pretty the flowers were outside your neighbor’s home. Write down whatever made you smile + filled your soul with bliss.
Do 5 restorative yoga poses or breath work.
One of the best ways to ensure restful sleep is to cap off your day with restorative, bedtime asanas. Slowly begin to calm the nervous system down with these five relaxing yoga poses—a lovely way to counteract stress, naturally prevent insomnia, and promote peaceful dreams.
Those few moments before you drift off to sleep can be deeply healing. By using breath work or pranayama practices you have the ability to drop whatever is weighing you down to completely reset as you sleep and wake up ready to show up in the world as your best, most vibrant self.