Make Over your Morning with an Evening Routine
Do you feel exhausted every time the alarm clock goes off? Do you get discouraged about your day? Is your mind overwhelmed by the million things you need to get done? Then it’s time to make over your morning with an evening routine. What you do tonight will determine your tomorrow morning. Having an evening routine sets me up for a less chaotic and stressed morning. Everyone has different schedules. Some of you must be at work at a certain time, others work at home. Some of you have children others don’t. Here are some ideas to help you get started on an evening routine. These are in no certain order. I hope it encourages you to make over your morning with an evening routine.
There is nothing worse than waking up to a dirty kitchen. It’s discouraging looking at all those dirty dishes. When dinner is done make sure to load the dishwasher, wash leftover dishes, wipe off the kitchen counters and sweep the floor. If you dread the clean up after dinner I will just send my oldest over. He is great at kitchen clean-up! Ha! Okay, seriously, if you hate cleaning up the kitchen set the timer for 20 minutes and see if you can beat the timer. Games always make chores less depressing.
Look over and review tomorrow’s schedule. It takes little effort to open up your calendar and see what appointments, activities, to-dos, what’s for dinner, and any other plans you might have for the next day. It will help keep you organized and prepared for the day ahead.
Prep the night before
Do you ever have mornings where you run yourself ragged? I have had several of those and it was because I didn’t prepare myself the night before. Prepping is key to having a better morning. Depending on your schedule it should take just 20 minutes in the evening to be ready for the next morning. Pack your lunch. Set your coffee maker. Plan what you will eat for breakfast. Set out your clothes. Pack your diaper bag, brief case or backpack and set it by the front door. You will sleep better knowing that everyone is ready for the next morning.
Family Quiet Time
Now you can take a deep breath because the evening routine is almost over! Everyone will be different with their evening routine. If you have smaller children this would be the time for baths, brushing teeth, reading books and getting them tucked in for the night. With older children, who are involved in activities, it’s get a snack, finish up homework, shower and go to bed. Some of my children like to listen to music to help them relax for the night. I have one that likes to hide under her sheets with a flashlight reading a book. Also, make sure and find time to reconnect with one another. Whether it’s a movie night, Saturday morning family breakfast, family game night; anything to get your older children engaged with the family. Some evenings the only chance our family can connect, is after Wednesday night church. We come home, get a snack, and sit down at the dining room table and talk. It does make for a late night but I enjoy the time with my family!
Spend 30 minutes to an hour taking time to relax. This is the perfect time to read a book, look at a magazine, take a warm bath, or sip some hot tea. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel taking the time to relax and enjoy the rest of your evening. I look forward to sipping a cup of hot tea and thanking the Lord for another day. My favorite evenings are when my husband and I can sit on the front porch to talk. Make sure you take time for yourself even if it’s 10 minutes to help you unwind from your day.
Do you have an evening routine? What do you like to do?
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