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If you have difficulty winding down at the end of a busy day, create a new evening routine and follow it regularly. Here's four ideas for you:

1. Transition from the busy day. After work, do something to help you release the stress from the day. Meditating, exercising, stretching, or taking a nap or short walk are all great options to transition. Whatever it is, have a transition routine that tells you the busy day is over and it is time to wind down.

2. Don't get stuck in social media or in front of screens. Social media and entertainment fires off dopamine in your brain and also increases anxiety, preventing you from winding down. Instead of watching or following anything on a screen, do your hobby, read a book, have a good conversation with a friend. Avoid all screens in the hour before bed.

3. Have a gratitude practice. Write down all the things you learned, accomplished or are thankful for each day. Then, write down what you need to do tomorrow so you can free your mind and relax. Making lists help you relax.

4. Use your home environment to wind down. Dim the lights, play calming music, light candles, and lower the temperature to 68 degrees before bed. Make sure your room is pitch back when you go to bed. And before you fall asleep, generate gratitude and tell yourself the day is done, you've done your best, and all is well for now.

If you successfully wind down at the end of the day, the next day you’ll be fully energized and ready to lead #theChargedLife.


Brendon Burchard is one of the most watched personal development trainers in the world, and a Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook. Over 50,000,000 people watched his videos in the last 12 months, more than 30,000,000 see his posts every week on Facebook, and 600,000-plus students have completed his online courses or video series, making him one of the most successful online instructors in history. A #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 USA Today bestselling author, his books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life’s Golden Ticket. Brendon is also the star and executive producer of the #1 self-help solo series on YouTube, and his podcast The Charged Life debuted at #1 on iTunes.

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30 Comments on How to Relax and Wind Down at End of Day

  1. One thing I do right before I go to bed is something I learned from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. I bring the awareness into my body and focus on feeling sense perceptions. The allows me to feel more present and slows down the thought process by bringing the awareness out of the head and into the body. Great video Brendon.

    • +Aaron Doughty So you’re like a magician?

    • Yes, as I become present I magically wind down and relax. haha   

    • I love that book! I’ve been trying to minimize the visualizations while doing this technique. It’s difficult at first, but I hope I get the hang of it soon.

    • DRAGOON009ify // 14th August 2016 at 11:46 am // Reply

      Good to see someone here that’s also following Eckhart’s teaching! Hi Aaron. I just would like to share to you that I started following Brendon and then later on I learned about Eckhart which deals with fundamental things that at first would sound abstract to the listener. Brendon’s channel is more directed to the world of form and it matches with Eckhart’s emphasis on the world of the unmanifested.

    • Ghetto Gunfighter // 13th July 2017 at 9:49 pm // Reply

      Aaron Doughty I pray to Jesus Christ my Lord. He protects my mind body and soul

  2. Aleksander Vitkin // 29th February 2016 at 8:34 am // Reply

    I have found it’s super important for me to do this to have a productive next day.

  3. Fabienne Denberg // 29th February 2016 at 8:48 am // Reply

    I always have difficulty relaxing at night when the next day I have something new/exciting that I’m a bit nervous for.. Not sure how to let that go so that I can just go to sleep..

  4. Merci Decorator // 29th February 2016 at 1:40 pm // Reply

    Thx! I appreciate this video. I do have a nightly routine that’s almost exactly as you described and I sleep very well. Im not into social media at all and only watch Bernie Mac and Carol Burnett for laughter, cooking and decorating shows to keep my creative juices flowing IF I do watch tv, that’s it. No news at all anymore. I think my new way of only watching what’s good and resonates for me helps me relax and sleep well.

  5. Awesome tips Brendon! My pre-bed ritual involves shutting down all electronics and lights 20 min before bed, doing a 10 min meditation session and 10 minute stretching. Ever since I implemented that I had rock solid sleep for 8-10 hours. Dark room and earplugs help as well.

    • +Infinity Alchemist Sleep needs are individual. Try sleeping without an alarm for a few weeks and let your body decide how much you need. You’ll be surprised. Most people are severely sleep deprived.

  6. Do you beleive in Subliminal Music ?

    • If you’re talking binaural beats, there’s a lot of research pointing to them being effective tools for relaxation

  7. GREAT advice… as always, Brendon! Our kiddos help my husband and I with our routine for sure. They force us into one… and you are right, it is probably great for all of us. I like the gratitude journal idea. I try to think about things I’m grateful for, but writing them down would be more much impactful. Thanks for another great video! Erin

  8. YES!!!! I needed this! Thanks Brendon 🙂

  9. Such great tips, i have got some hard times leaving social media website (hello YT …). Creating a routine is “easy” but sticking to it is way harder 🙁

  10. Totty Music // 4th March 2016 at 6:06 am // Reply

    Good info Brendon, but slow down the talking for a video like this. Slip into the state.

  11. Magnetic Minds // 6th March 2016 at 1:11 am // Reply

    Thanks for Sharing.

  12. Julissa Rodríguez // 9th March 2016 at 5:51 pm // Reply

    Great video Brendon! I find it very helpful to relax before you begin your day as well. And of course taking a couple of minutes to find your center during the day.

  13. Brendon you’re a gift from god.

    thank you for these great videos

  14. I'm Not So Creative // 3rd January 2017 at 5:02 pm // Reply

    Should I do the transition right after I come from school or when I’m done with homework?

    • I’m Not So Creative after i come drom school i usually have a rest and write down all the things im thinking off on a piece of paper to calm and de stress

  15. Solid points here Brendon! I’m the “always going” type so watching this videow as very helpful. Thanks again!

  16. jagdish jariwala // 30th April 2017 at 6:12 pm // Reply

    Thoughts are responsible for all the sorrow and pain. Train your mind for choiceless awareness for healthy living.

  17. orlando rodriguez // 27th March 2018 at 3:28 am // Reply

    Thank You

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