The morning has gold in its mouth, it is true, but the evening is equally important. After a long day, the desire to lie down on the sofa and relax is great, however, it would be better to avoid this and other bad habits that we tend to have before going to bed.
Here are some useful tips to combat the 6 most common mistakes of our evening routine and some alternative solutions.
1.YOU SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON THE SOFA
Do you spend most of the day sitting at work? If so, try to avoid lying on the sofa even in the evening. Sitting for too long is not good for posture and can cause neck pain, as well as favoring some diseases of the cardio-circulatory system.
THE ALTERNATIVE: GET MOVING!
Exercising has both physical and psychological benefits. Try for example:
- Incorporate a short workout into your evening routine to improve circulation.
- Take a nice walk in the fresh air.
- Relax with a yoga session.
Avoid doing high-intensity sports before going to bed as this may cause sleep disturbances. Finish your workout an hour or two before bed, so that your body has time to relax and be ready for sleep.
2.YOU EAT TOO HEAVILY BEFORE GOING TO BED
After a busy and tiring day, it is normal for the body to want a large meal. Pangs of hunger and cravings for sweets are very common before going to bed. In doing so, however, we do not listen to our body’s needs and eat more than our body needs. Try to fight this bad habit so as not to further strain your digestive system and negatively affect the quality of sleep. It is precisely in the evening that the body regenerates, let’s not put a spoke in the wheel.
THE ALTERNATIVE: SMALL PORTIONS
During your evening routine, pay particular attention to proper nutrition:
- Prepare portions that are not too large.
- Choose well which foods to cook or eat in the evening.
2.YOU ARE ALWAYS ONLINE
Being connected at any time of the day or night has become the norm. Whether at work in front of the computer screen or front of the smartphone in the evening, the eyes and head are constantly under strain. Unplugging is the best solution to restore the right balance and regain concentration, as well as avoiding annoying headaches.
THE ALTERNATIVE: TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE
In the evening, take a break from all the technological tools that surround you: telephone, computer & co. Alternatively, try:
- Read a book
- Relax with garden work.
- Do a meditation session.
4.YOU DRINK TOO MUCH COFFEE OR CAFFEINATED SODAS
Are coffee or caffeinated drinks essential to give you the right boost in the morning by increasing motivation and concentration? But you should know one thing about these beloved sources of energy: what helps you in the day could be counterproductive in the evening. Taking these drinks before going to bed could cause sleep disturbances. The result? Little energy the next day.
THE ALTERNATIVE: TRY INFUSIONS OR HERBAL TEAS
Relaxing teas or herbal teas – such as chamomile tea or a ginger and lemon infusion – increase the quality of sleep.
5. TAKE A LITTLE TOO LONG NAP
The workday can be exhausting sometimes… no wonder the body sometimes needs a little rest. Are you tired too much and you want to get some sleep? Be careful that the nap doesn’t last too long, or you will have a hard time sleeping in the evening.
THE ALTERNATIVE: THE POWERNAP
The so-called power naps are the ideal solution to recharge your batteries. Make sure that the nap does not last more than 20 minutes, otherwise you will enter the deepest phase of sleep.
6.YOU TAKE YOUR WORK HOME
Do work stress torment you and why do you bring your work to do at home? To recharge the batteries you need both a physical and mental detachment phase. Don’t let work commitments become part of your evening routine.
THE ALTERNATIVE: THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN LIFE AND WORK
Think about activities that relax you, such as drawing, cooking, playing an instrument, or playing sports watching KissAnime. These pastimes help you forget about work, while also developing your creativity and personal growth.