5 Quick and Simple Bedtime Practices to Feel Happy and Grateful

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According to Some Cultures, What You Do Before You Go to Bed Determines the Quality of Your Tomorrow

I’m often asked,

“Mary, what’s your morning routine? What’s your evening routine?”

These questions come from my friends, coaching clients and audience members during live events.

I determined years ago that establishing a bedtime routine helps me fall asleep more easily, as well as supports me in feeling grateful, happier and more fulfilled throughout the day. And, it’s easier than you might think!

Incorporating these five practices into my evening has made a huge difference in every area of my life. By sharing them, my hope is that maybe they will for you, too.

Bedtime Routine asleep

I begin by asking myself an important question

In many cultures around the world, people believe the day begins when you go to bed – not in the morning when you wake up (read my morning habits blog here: https://www.marymorrissey.com/blog/morning-habits-successful-people/). According to them, what you do right before you go to sleep determines the quality of the following day.

Each morning, I ask myself,

Who do I want to be today? Who do I want to be that’s in harmony with the vision I’m holding, and the life I want to live?”

For example, one day I may decide that I want to focus on being a compassionate person to everyone I come into contact with, including my husband, children and anyone in the service industry. Or perhaps, I choose to concentrate on being the best listener I can be, which means letting people speak instead of being quick to give my own opinions.

This question sets the tone for my day, and the answer is the center of focus for the rest of the day’s goals.

Bedtime Routine gratitude

Every evening, I practice gratitude

When it’s time to go to bed, I spend just a few minutes giving thanks that I’ve had this day of life, because I understand that not everyone woke up, nor did everyone live the entire day.

There are people who, one day, wake up and plan to live a whole day, but something intervenes, and they’re no longer here with us at the end of the day. Remembering this helps me to appreciate every moment.


I do a review of my day

Next, I remind myself who I decided I wanted to be today, and review the goals that I had set for myself. Then, starting with when I woke up, I close my eyes and review everything that happened in my life during that day. I see my day like a movie in my head.

  • I see myself getting up, interacting with my husband and with those I work with.
  • I see myself as I work on any projects, and I pay attention to the state of mind I was in at the grocery store or wherever I went.
  • I notice when I acted and felt like the person I want to be.

I also notice the times I became distracted, used a sharp tone of voice or simply wasn’t the person I wished to be.

I use the “pruning shears of revision”

There’s a practice that I like to call the “pruning shears of revision.”

After reviewing my entire day, I use this practice to think about any time during that day that I really wish I had shown up as the person I wanted to be or a time when I wished I had been a better person.

In other words, I think about who I wanted to be that day, and when I review my day and notice any times when I wish I would have shown up differently, I “edit out that clip” in my day and lay down new film.

For example, one evening I was reviewing my day and remembered a point when I walked out to the mailbox. I was having a great day and I felt happy. I opened up the mailbox, picked up my mail, and saw a letter from the IRS. My first reaction was to feel worried and fearful because of the information I thought this letter might contain.

Bedtime practice stress

Now, I want to be a person who knows that there’s a power in me that’s greater than anything, including IRS letters. If I’m going to be scared by an IRS letter, then I’m not being who I said I wanted to be.

So, just like a director says, “Cut, and let’s do this scene over again,” I used my imagination to edit this moment in my life.

I remind myself that there’s a power in me that’s greater than anything that comes my way

In order to edit out my feelings of worry and fear when I saw the letter from the IRS, I envisioned myself walking out the door, going down to the street and opening up the mailbox.

Inside the mailbox, I saw a stack of mail. I flipped through it and noticed a letter from the IRS. I willed myself to feel calm and relaxed. I said to myself,

“You know what? It doesn’t matter what’s in this envelope. There’s a power in me that’s greater than anything I find inside that envelope. Regardless of what the IRS says, my higher power and I are going to handle it.”

As it turned out, that letter from the IRS actually contained a small refund check, and I realized that I had generated fear that was completely unwarranted!

But what’s important to remember is that even if it had been something more difficult, I knew that in any given moment throughout my day, I’m was not alone. I’m never alone. There’s a power with me that’s greater than anything that can come my way.

Here’s a quick summary of my bedtime routine

  1. I ask myself, “Who do I want to be today?”
  2. I practice gratitude.
  3. I review my day.
  4. I use the “pruning shears of revision.”
  5. I remind myself that there’s a power in me that’s greater than anything that comes my way.

As I drift off to sleep, I know in my heart that I’ll sleep well and, in the morning, I’ll wake up with energy, happy to start a brand new day never lived before, and never to be repeated.

Bedtime Routine success

And now, here’s a question for you…

Do YOU have an evening routine you use to help you sleep and feel your best? If so, go ahead and share in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼

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Comments (8)

  • My routine morning and evening is to have awareness of the molecular flow of air, water and earth that is billions of years old yet brand new as it becomes us for those few minutes or hours and to use this energy source in any and all ways that can benefit the planetary experience in It’s most loving way.

  • Mary, Looking forward to giving this a try tonight. Honestly, my evening routine is to collapse and fall asleep on the couch…and at some point in the night actually drag myself to bed. I realize that while this is my easy habit, it isn’t setting me up to be my best self tomorrow. Thanks!

  • Love this, Mary! As always, you light the path for others to follow. You have made a huge change in the trajectory of my life over the past few years and I’m so grateful you came into my life. Love you lots!!!

  • Thank you so so much Mary and team for the free meditation.

  • Great Bedtime routine. And to help you drop into a deep, restorative sleep try this:Once you are ready to sleep:
    Take a deep breath in, let it out through your mouth. Three times. Then take a deep breath in and double the length of your exhale through your nose. If you are still awake, repeat the last breath placing a 2-3 second pause between each inhale and exhale

  • Amanda King

    Before I fall asleep, I send love and well wishes to everybody I care about and all those I feel need it the most. Even to the people that ‘did something wrong’ in a news article. The murderers, the corrupt business men and government officials…

    • Thank you so much for the insightful messages. We always over look the importance of preparation before going to bed. I lie down and thank the Lord for seeing me thru the day. Take deep breathes and relax my whole body. In no time I’ve already drifted to sleep. Since I know nothing at that time ain’t nothing much that can be changed.
      Thanks once again.

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