You know that moment between going to bed and falling asleep, right?
Some watch movies, read a book, force their eyes to close, plan and worry about tomorrow, or think about the things they had to do today but didn’t manage to.
I say eliminate all this and make the best of the end of the day.
It’s a period of time that’s important for your personal development whether you realize it or not. It’s as important as the morning routine. A day that’s started well should also end well. And the way to do it is pretty simple and the benefits are amazing.
Here are 5 things to do before you go to sleep in the evening that will make your day meaningful and will help you live stress-free and more happily:
1. Let go
In order to be ready for the next day with all its opportunities, challenges and surprises, you’ll need to let go of what was today.
Let go of all the things you did, didn’t do, forgot to do, and failed to do. Breathe deeply and let things be as they are now.
Let go of all your disappointments, little arguments, people that annoyed you, doubts, negative thoughts, judging and comparing.
Also, forgive. Forgive all those who insulted you, made you feel bad or didn’t behave the way you expected. Forgive yourself for making mistakes, not being brave enough, missing a chance or not being honest with yourself.
Feel how everything bad and negative is leaving your body, you don’t feel exhausted any more and let in freedom, peace and joy.
Accept yourself for who you are, and things the way they turned out to be. Understand that everything is perfect just the way it is and things are just fine.
You don’t need to worry, plan, take control or fear.
Realize that you did your best.
3. Be optimistic
Look forward to tomorrow. But don’t plan it in details so that you don’t fall into the trap of trying to control events too much.
Just be sure that the next day is going to be amazing and new and exciting things are waiting for you.
4. Be grateful
Thank for this day. It’s a gift.
Appreciate all the chances you had, the nice meals, the opportunity to be with your loved ones, to be in your comfortable place and do things you love. Not everyone has all this. Notice it and be grateful.
5. Go to sleep in peace
Look around in the darkness. Breathe deeply a couple of times. Hear the silence, empty your mind and concentrate on your breathing.
It’s a kind of a meditative state. Your body is at ease, you have no thoughts, needs and desires to distract you. You feel great right now. And nothing needs to change.
This is the best way to end your days – no matter how bad or good they were.
If you practice that, it will soon become a habit. And your life will become simpler, easier, more pleasant and joyful.
There’s no other feeling like being able to leave all that burden each night and not carry it with you in the next day. It’s freedom. And wisdom. And happiness.