Simple Relaxation Techniques to Add to Your Evening Routine

It's easy to try to "recharge" by mindlessly scrolling on our phones or diving into a bingeable TV series or YouTube channel before bed.

To be totally honest, in some instances we consider all of the above an act of self-care, but there are a lot of other options for your evening routine that could lead to more peaceful, restful sleep. Here are some of top our recommendations.

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Make Friendship Bracelets to a Soothing Show or Movie

This one may be unexpected, but it's excellent for anxiety. Put on a TV show or movie that always puts you at ease, whether it's a home renovation show or your favorite rom-com. Then sit on your couch or bed and make a friendship bracelet. It's so simple, but the act of working on a project with your hands is a great way to calm down and rid yourself of nervous energy. With this technique, you'll also have lots of cute bracelets to gift your friends.

 

Stretch

Stretching is such a great way to get out of your head and into your body, letting the events of the day melt away. Take five to 10 minutes before bed to do gentle stretches to help you relax. Child's pose, bending forward while seated and reaching for your toes, and neck circles are a few effective, soothing poses to get you started.

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Listen to ASMR Videos

Get cozy, dim the lights, and listen to ASMR videos on YouTube. If you're not familiar with ASMR videos, they're a gamechanger when it comes to relaxation. ASMR videos are created by combining soothing sounds. The host will usually whisper and use various objects to create calming, unique sounds. Listening to these sounds will help you zone out, unplug, and calm your brain down from the events of the day to let you sink into a restful sleep.

 

Take a Warm Bath

This one may seem obvious, but it's easy to forget to make time for something as simple and comforting as a warm bath before bed. The warm water helps loosen muscles and bath oils can add another layer of aromatherapy as well. In the fast-paced world we live in, sometimes you just need to take some time alone to take deep, cleansing breaths and chill in the tub. Extra points for putting on Enya Spotify and indulging yourself with your favorite aromatic lotion afterward.

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