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How to Reduce Stress with an Evening Routine: 5 Things to Do Tonight for a Better Day Tomorrow

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Create an evening routine to reduce stress. Learn 5 things you can do tonight to have a less stressful day tomorrow.

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Does your day fly by in a rush of crazy busy? Emails, meetings, calls, kids, dinner, decisions. And more. Maybe you think about how nice it would be to slow down as you slog your way through another day.

Some days you get it all done. Some days you don’t. Either way, at the end of the day, you’re mentally and physically exhausted.

Are you stuck with a life that rushes by in a blur of busyness? No. You can simplify your life. You can slow it down.

These five mental shifts are a good start. There are other things you can do too.

One option is to change your evening routine. The goal is to change your evening routine in ways that make your day tomorrow easier than the one you had today.

An Evening Routine

Evening routines encourage you to be proactive, to do what you can now to enjoy a relaxed and restful evening tonight and a productive day tomorrow.

Here are five things to include in your evening routine:

1. Plan ahead for the morning. Be proactive. Do what you can tonight to have an easier morning tomorrow. How? Here are a few ideas:

  • Set out your clothes and shoes for the next day.

  • Place your makeup, brushes, and other grooming products in your dressing area.

  • Gather your keys, purse, wallet, laptop, or other items and place them in one area for easy grabbing as you head out the door.

  • Plan extra time in your schedule to deal with unexpected problems, like getting kids ready and out the door for school.

2. Write down reminders for the next day. Clear the mental clutter so you can relax. If you’re afraid you’ll forget information or to do something, write it down. What you place on the page no longer needs to take up space in your head.

Place a notebook by your bed and make notes as things come to mind.

3. Put down your devices. Screen time interferes with sleep. The blue light from device screens, like cell phones, laptops, tablets, and TVs, makes it harder to fall asleep. Social media can lead to stress, which can also make it hard to fall asleep. These are good incentives to stop using your devices before you go to bed.

Allow yourself at least 30 minutes of device-free time before bed. If you can allow more time, all the better.

4. Be fully present in whatever you’re doing. Being mindful, or present in the current moment, focuses your attention on right now. Since you can't drop back into the past or ahead into the future, the most important moment at any given time is the one you're experiencing right now.

You’ll never have the opportunity to go return to the present once it has passed, so give your full attention to whatever you are doing now.

5. Get enough sleep. Make getting enough sleep a priority. You can do that by planning when you will go to bed each night - and sticking to that routine.

Sleep matters. To feel your best, make sure you get enough sleep every night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need between 18 and 64 need 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

You can read more about healthy sleep and get tips here.


You can’t always control what each day brings, but you can take steps to make your day easier and less stressful. Invest some time in creating an evening routine that will help you relax tonight and start the day rested and energized tomorrow.

What does your evening routine include? How does it set you up for a better day tomorrow?

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