As part of my New Year’s resolution to enjoy the little things, I’ve really given my wind down routine an overall. I’ve found that it has helped me relax and take pleasure in letting myself destress. I thought I would share what I’ve been doing lately in hopes that you might take a little time for yourself to wind down from the day.
In my regular non-running life I am busy and constantly tired, but this helps me make time for myself, get rid of anxiety and look forward to the end of the day instead of dreading it because that means everything starts over again. I don’t always have enough time to do everything listed below, but I’ve found that even doing one or a couple of these things makes me wind down and relax. I’m a pretty anxious person and these help me let go of the day and stop thinking so much.
- Yoga. Yoga makes everything better. It stretches out my tired body, helps me focus and relaxes my whole being. Sometimes I pop in a video, but I usually just roll out my mat and do some progressions. I’ve also been known to do yoga to Adele or a podcast. If my body is really tired I will do the legs again the wall pose, but generally I just do a couple progressions. Most days I like to do yoga for 10-30 minutes. Even if you only have 10 minutes this will stretch out your body and relax you for sleeping.
- Bath Time. Baths are my favorite way to relax. I like to light some lovely smelling candles, throw some foaming bubble bath and epsom salt into the bath and watch Grey’s Anatomy on my tablet. I usually prop my tablet up on the countertop or toilet seat and watch my show. Sometimes I am only able to watch half an episode, but alot of time I watch a whole one which is about 40 minutes. I also like reading in the bath. Sometimes I stretch in the hot water if I need to pull out some tension in my calves but usually I just like to sit in the dark in a warm tub of bubbles.
- Foam Rolling. Since I started foam rolling regularly my running and overall fitness has been better. My muscles feel more relaxed and I feel more flexible, so I don’t like to skip my foam rolling sessions. I roll my calves, quads, hamstrings, IT bands and anything else that might be hurting. I’m happy after I’ve foam rolled and it really only takes a couple minutes. If you are new to foam rolling it may seem a bit painful, but if you get in the habit of doing it everyday it won’t seem as bad once you do it all the time.
- Journal. I have been using the Believe Journal for about a year and love it. It’s wonderful being able to write down my workout for the day and then look back months later and see all my progress. This is especially helpful during a marathon taper or before a big race. I like to doodle in the margins and write down what I’m feeling too. I love keeping a record of my training because it helps me track everything from aches and pains to time cuts per mile on a specific type of run.
- Read. Reading is something that I like to do because it makes me tired and ready for bed. I used to read all the time then I got out of it or didn’t make the time. I like to read a magazine or book for about 20 minutes then hit the hay. Right now I’m reading Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong. It’s a light and easy read so I’m not tempted to stay up all night trying to finish it.
Most nights I don’t have time to do everything on my list, but a lot of times I am able to get in most of the above in order. I hope this helps you let go of the day the way it has helped me!
What is your evening routine?
How do you get ready for bed at night? Do you have a routine?