When clients first come to see me for counselling at my practice, I always ask, “What is your bedtime ritual? What do you do to get ready for bed?”
Some are a little alarmed and others have a little bit of a routine, but most could improve on their bedtime ritual.
Your bedtime ritual is important as it signals to your brain that it is time to slow it all down and get ready for shutting off for the evening. This means that when you get in to bed, you’re not still “wired” and ready to go, feeling all antsy and agitated.
Everyone is different in what they like to do before bedtime. Certainly in places where there are definitive seasons, a summer ritual may be quite different to a winter ritual. There is no one way to do your bedtime ritual but I am going to list a few tried and true activities that can be incorporated as you like.