How To Reduce Stress With This Bedtime Ritual

As single moms, we know all about stress.  We live with it every day.  But what we want to know is how to reduce stress.  How can we practice stress management, and by doing so, keep ourselves healthier?

I have always struggled with getting a good night’s sleep.  When I was a child, I hated Sunday nights.  I had a hard time falling  asleep because tomorrow was Monday, and that meant back to school.  I would lie in bed and worry about the upcoming day, as a million thoughts rushed through my head.

Unfortunately, things haven’t changed that much.

Some nights I still have trouble falling asleep, and staying asleep.  But I have found a tool that helps better than any other I have tried.

This is my secret for how to reduce stress everyday.

There are three things I keep on my nightstand (well, four if you count the current library book I’m reading):

  • a steno pad
  • my bullet journal (or day planner; whatever you use)
  • a pen

With these items I am able to tame my thoughts each night, and sleep better.  My nightly ritual is to write out in my bullet journal what I accomplished that day, and what I need to do the next day.  Items on my To Do list that are complete get checked off, and I write out things needing to be done the next day.  This clears my mind and helps me sleep better.  I go to bed with a feeling of accomplishment.  My mind is not cluttered with trying to remember appointments, errands, and chores that await me the next day.  It’s written down, I won’t forget them, and I can relax and fall asleep knowing that my To Do list is complete and waiting for me in the morning.

But what if I wake up in the middle of the night, and can’t go back to sleep?

If I have thought of something else I need to add to my bullet journal, I simply get my flashlight (I try not to turn on my bedside lamp because I find the light makes it harder to fall back to sleep) and write the new entry into my bullet journal.  Or, if I have something on my mind that doesn’t need to be written in the journal, I write it down on the steno pad.  Either way, those thoughts, worries, tasks, etc. get written down and out of my head – allowing me to fall back to sleep.


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But what is a bullet journal?  It’s really whatever you want to make of it.  Essentially, it’s a blank book that you create to fit your needs.  Daily To Do lists, weekly schedules, monthly task lists, etc.  You design it yourself to meet your own requirements.  You decorate it according to your own taste.  Interested in giving it a try?  Here is a link to help you – Bullet Journal:  Getting Started

Want more tips on sleeping better?  Try this link – How To Sleep Better – 5 Surprising Tips

Also, check out this infographic from Elysium Health.  It’s got great advice!


Elysium Health infographic
Elysium Health infographic

What are your tips for how to reduce stress?  What are your biggest problems with stress and lack of sleep?  What helps you deal with stress?  Share your stories and tips in the comments below.

This post was shared at Motivational Monday Blogger Linkup #146

10 thoughts on “How To Reduce Stress With This Bedtime Ritual

    1. Thanks, Faith! It’s taken me awhile to find out that this is so helpful for me. I spent many years waking up in the middle of the night, and having trouble falling back to sleep, all because I had too much on my mind. This has been a real game-changer for me! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Have a great week!

  1. What an awesome post. Great idea to follow a daily ritual to handle or reduce stress. I definitely need to follow this!

  2. These are really great suggestions. I too struggle with restful sleep. My anxiety tends to get the better of me. I keep hearing about bullet journaling. I think I need to try it out

    1. I hear you about the anxiety! It’s taken me much trial and error to figure out what a help bullet journaling (or any type of journaling, for that matter) can be. It sure helps to keep my stress level in check! Thanks for the comments and feedback. Have a great week!

  3. I cannot shut my mind off at night for the life of me. I am constantly thinking of new things I need or want to do or forgot to do during the day and really struggle with being able to unwind and relax. I will give this a try to see if this helps! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lauren, it has really helped me to sleep better at night. It’s kind a “mental unload” each night, and I can relax and know that I have prepared for tomorrow as much as possible. It took many years for me to figure out what a help this can be. I hope that it helps you as well. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I love the feedback! Have a great week!

  4. Joan, these are awesome tips. I love the bullet journal suggestion too. I’m about to read your Getting Started – Notebook journaling. But coffee first 🙂

    1. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by to read and comment. Actually, the Getting Started article isn’t mine – just a helpful resource I want to point people towards. I’ve been using a bullet journal for about a year now, and I really enjoy it. Fits my personality, I guess.
      Have a great day, and enjoy your coffee! 🙂

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