There are many things you can do to nurture your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, but an easy and good starting point is a good night's sleep.
Self-Care is any activity that we do in order to care for our mind, body, and emotions. It can be anything that helps us work towards being healthy, happy, nourished and fulfilled human beings. But if you’ve been feeling like Self-Care has been diluted by the super rich or by IG influencers, you're not alone. Spa days complete with pedicures, massages and face masks reign supreme under the hashtag #Self-Care, coupled alongside yoga headstands on beautiful empty beaches. Honestly, the buzz around Self-Care has started to feel a little bit... self-indulgent.
The thing is, there is so much more to Self-Care than pampering yourself at the spa or treating yourself to an exotic vacation. Self-Care is about cultivating a practice that takes care of your mind and body, that replenishes you and refills your own cup. It’s a non-negotiable. And you can most definitely make your mental, emotional and physical health a priority in your life without adding one more thing to your to-do list.
That's right, sleep can be Self-Care! Sleep is perhaps one of the easiest and most enjoyable things you can do to better your brain, your metabolism, and your health all at once. You can squeeze in some Self-Care, maximize your productivity, and soak up a myriad of other brain-boosting benefits, by simply getting enough quality sleep each night. Here are our best Self-Care tips for sleep according to the experts:
Follow a sleep schedule
Set yourself up for success by following a sleep schedule. This means trying to go to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Doing so will help train your body to know that it’s time to rest, so you can get to sleep easier.
Create an ideal sleep environment
The details of your ideal sleep environment might differ slightly from others, but in general you’ll want to keep your bedroom cool, comfortable, quiet and dark.
Allow yourself 30 to 60 minutes to relax before bed
Schedule in a little extra me-time by giving yourself a solid 30 to 60 minutes before bed to relax and unwind. Try writing in a journal, jotting down some notes for your next day’s to-do list, taking a warm bath, listening to music, or anything that will help you quiet your mind and thoughts when it's time to close your eyes.
Limit your use of electronic devices for one hour before bedtime
The blue light emitted from our cell phones, tablets and laptops can disrupt our inner biological clock. These devices actually send signals to our brains that it is still daytime, making it harder for us to shut off when it is time for sleep. Make your Self-Care time device-free in order to maximize quality shut-eye.
Create a morning routine
A good night’s sleep isn’t just about what you do at nighttime. Believe it or not your morning routine has a lot of influence over the way you sleep as well! Pick a few habits that help set you up for a successful, productive day. Don’t hit the snooze button. Wake up early and watch the sunrise. Eat breakfast. Soak up some natural light in the morning to stop melatonin production and aid in wakefulness and alertness.
Exercise in the morning or afternoon instead at night
Exercise is a great way to ensure that you get a restful night’s sleep, but for some people, exercising before bedtime can make it more difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. If afternoon or late-night exercise seems to confuse your body while it is trying to prepare itself for rest and relaxation mode, try getting in your workout in the morning to reap the benefits for your sleep cycles.
Now more than ever our range of Self-Care products can help truly facilitate a good night’s rest –or a rest at any time of day to make the most of your little breaks and encourage quality sleep for your health.
The bottom line is simple: sleep is Self-Care! Make sure you are doing everything you can to get a good night’s rest each night. You’ll be rewarded with better concentration, communication and focus, all in the name of Self-Care and making your mental, physical and emotional health a priority. For your best sleep, try following some of the above tips to get a better night’s sleep, tonight!
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