Recently I have been feeling so overwhelmed with work, LSAT prep, marathon training and just day to day activities, that by the end of the day I don’t even want to think about what will come tomorrow. Over time I have established some activities to do for myself at the end of the day that allow me prepare myself for the next.
1. LIGHT A CANDLE AND READ A BOOK
Crack open a book and light a candle right before bedtime, even if it’s just a few pages a night. This allows your mind to get away from whatever occurred that day or what may come tomorrow. In addition to clearing your mind, it also creates a more relaxing setting to fall asleep in. Some of the books I like to keep bedside are; “The Notes” Ronald Reagan, “Unbroken” Laura Hillenbrand, and The Bible. I like to stay away from the textbooks or required reading during this time. It’s a moment to relax and get away from everything that consumes the rest of your day.
2. HOT EPSOM SALT BATH
This allows you to detox and relax after a long day of work and class. It’s also a great way to exfoliate; you can massage the salts on your legs and arms to remove dead skin cells. I like to do this once or twice a week when I’ve had a tough day at work or when a workout has gotten to me and I’m not feeling 100%. You can find Epsom salts almost anywhere; your local grocery store, drug store, etc.
3. FIND A QUOTE/BIBLE VERSE
I have always been a fan of quotes and Bible verses; for motivation, inspiration, and just life in general. Reading someone else’s thoughts and ideas on how to handle different situations allows you to think outside of the box. Pick one out and write it on a sticky note; you’ll find it the next day and it will give you that extra push to get through the day.
4. FACE MASKS ARE KEY
A face mask at the end of a stressful day is one of the best things you can do. You can do this while you’re doing laundry, reading a book, or working on homework. This allows you to rejuvenate your skin and it’s also very relaxing at the end of a long day. The two face masks I have pictured are some of my favorites. The Indian Healing clay can be found online and Glam Glow can be found at any Sephora store or online.
5. KEEP A BEDSIDE TO-DO LIST
I like to keep a sticky notepad or to-do list next to my bed. This allows you to jot down things that may pop up in your head when you’re trying to fall asleep and you may not remember in the morning. It is also one of the first things you’ll see in the morning, so you know exactly what you need to accomplish that day in order to stay on track.
6. HAVE YOUR COFFEE READY TO GO
Each night I like to pre-prep my first cup of coffee for the next day. I set my coffee cup or to-go mug out next to my Keurig and make sure everything it ready to go. Recently, I started buying Starbucks cold brew coffee. It’s perfect to just throw in a tumbler with a splash of cream and sugar. On days I’m feeling a hot cup of brew, I throw a k-cup into my Keurig. Taking these steps before bed may seem silly, but when those mornings come around where you’re struggling to get everything together and out the door, it’s great to not have to worry about it.
*Submitted by Sarah C*