Many people have morning routines, but not as many have nighttime routines that properly prepare them for the day ahead. As a life coach, you partner with clients to help them achieve their goals related to career, relationships and finances, among other important things. It may be beneficial to encourage your clients to create a peaceful and centering nighttime routine that allows them to recover and then focus on the goals they have set out for themselves.
Did you know that a nighttime routine can help us sleep better at night, resulting in more productive days?
When we are well-rested, we have the energy and peace of mind to tackle the many challenges that we face throughout the day. While all of us could benefit from refreshed bodies and minds, your life coaching clients may particularly benefit. Making large life changes, changing old patterns and thinking big can be exciting work; but, it can also be taxing. Consider coaching your clients through a nighttime routine that will nourish and rejuvenate them for the work ahead.
How to Establish a Nighttime Routine
A nighttime routine can be different for every person. There is no one-size-fits-all program that will resonate with everyone. The goal is for your life coaching clients to create a personal ritual that allows them to relax, refocus and prepare themselves for a deep and restful sleep that will leave them in a good mood and full of energy for the new day. This can take on many forms.
Here are some suggestions that may work for your clients.
Prepare for the Next Day – If you know you will wake up to a morning rush, it can be difficult to sleep well. Taking 15-20 minutes to plan for the day ahead can significantly reduce stress and make sleep easier. Review your to-do list. Pack your work bag. Lay out your clothing. Prep your morning or afternoon meals. Tidy up your living space.
Unplug – Avoid blue light from your tech devices at least one hour before bed. The light emitted from your smartphone, laptop and tablet can disrupt your body clock and make it difficult to fall asleep. Plus, scrolling through your social media feed can sometimes cause unnecessary stress or anxiety that may also contribute to a night of restless sleep.
Clear Your Mind – There are many ways that your clients may choose to relax and clear their minds during their nighttime rituals. Some options include meditation, deep breathing and light yoga or stretching. Taking a bath, lighting candles and aromatherapy are other great ways to wind down from the day and relax a busy mind.
Write – Journaling has been shown to help clear your mind and reduce stress. Keep a notebook by the bedside and write down any worries, ideas or to-do list items. This practice can help clients release any concerns that may be bothering them and work through issues that may be standing in the way of their goals. It can also be a creative exercise. Free journaling is a fantastic way to come up with new approaches to old problems.
Your daytime habits and routines can also make an impact on the way you sleep. Encourage clients to review the habits that may be keeping them up at night or causing stress and anxiety. Oftentimes simple things such as caffeine too late in the day or lack of exercise can wreak havoc on our ability to go to sleep and stay asleep. Making small daytime changes, paired with an enriching nighttime ritual, can help to create positive momentum for achieving big goals.
How can you incorporate these ideas into your own life coaching practice with clients? Can you create a nighttime ritual for yourself that will help you show up more completely for your client work? If you are interested in learning more about becoming a life coach or enriching your current life coaching practice, contact Life Purpose Institute today to talk with our knowledgeable staff.