When you think of routine, it might make you think of boredom or repetition, but I’m here to tell you a secret: the real magic of life happens through your daily routine. It’s within these small, regular actions that our lives are created. The little things we do every day that support our bodies and minds lay the foundation for a life filled with health, energy, vitality, and adventure.
However, with so many responsibilities filling up our schedule, extra commitments and daily distractions, it can be difficult to dedicate time to creating and following a routine, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Below are my top 5 tips for creating your perfect after work or school routine to set you up for joyous health.
Make A Nourishing Smoothie
After a busy day at the office or a long day at school, my kids and I are always ready for a snack to fuel our evening activities. Because school ends at 3:30pm it’s a little too early for dinner, so I love making a delicious smoothie for us to share. It’s filling, but not heavy and it’s so easy to make super nutrient dense. Our favourite add-in's include Genuine Health’s greens+ and fermented organic gut superfoods, since they contain loads of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that help nourish a healthy gut. Thanks to the prebiotics in the smoothie, this is also an ideal time to take my high-potency probiotic to aid in nutrient absorption and digestive health.
Spend Time On Your Favourite Hobby
Too often our lives feel so hectic that we don’t make space for the things that bring us joy. That’s why part of my after-work routine involves spending time doing something that’s just for me. Lately, my daughter and I have been loving painting and drawing together to unwind after a busy day and connect with each other. Think about a hobby or activity that used to make you happy and figure out how to make some space for it in your life. If you need a little boost in focus or attention to make it happen after work, Genuine Health’s clear focus will help clear the brain fog and improve your concentration thanks to the blend of B-vitamins, lion’s mane mushroom, and adaptogens. When you make time for the things that make you happy, you create balance in your life and as a result, you’ll feel more motivated and be more productive.
Eat a Nourishing Dinner
A great morning starts the night before and one way to ensure you wake up feeling ready for your day is to enjoy a nourishing dinner loaded with nutrients! We often enjoy salmon or other fatty fish for dinner as a way to get brain-boosting, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats into our diet. If fish isn’t your thing, dinner is a great time to take a fish oil capsule to get all the health benefits and they absorb best when eaten during a meal! Genuine Health makes incredibly clean, high-potency fish oil capsules to support everything from mood to skin health.
Take An After Dinner Walk
One of our favourite ways to connect as a family is to take a walk after dinner. Not only is this a great way to get a dose of nature and take a mental break, walking after you eat also helps keep your blood sugar balanced, which is a pillar of joyous health. You don’t need to walk for long to get the physical and mental benefits– 10 minutes around the block is perfect but longer is even better! You can even invite a friend to join you and get some social time in or take your walks solo and treat them like a mindfulness practice or meditation.
Turn off Your Tech
The key to a good night’s sleep in our household is to turn off all our tech at least an hour before bed. That’s because recent research has shown that exposure to blue-light emitting devices such as cell phones, televisions, and computers:
- prolongs the time it takes to fall asleep
- delays your body’s circadian clock
- suppresses levels of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin
- reduces the amount and delays the timing of REM sleep (the deepest state of rest)
- reduces alertness the following morning
- Increases night-time alertness, which can delay bedtime
By turning off your gadgets and doing something offline like reading a book, drinking a cup of soothing tea, or having a bath, you can set yourself up for a night of deep, restorative sleep.
If you need help falling and staying asleep, Genuine Health’s deep sleep is formulated with adaptogens and sleep-promoting compounds like magnesium, l-theanine, and melatonin. They’ll help you fall asleep fast, stay asleep without interruption and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead!
I hope these tips have given you some ideas that you can incorporate into your after school or work routine. Remember that it’s the collection of small, consistent habits that we do every day that help create a life of ease and joy. Start by adding in what your body and mind need the most and whatever you believe will bring you more joy, and then build from there.