Despite all of my holistic know-how, qualifications, access to wellness tool getting to sleep is tough one. Since my household went into lockdown I have been finding it so hard to get to sleep. So, here are some tried and tested ideas which have been revolutionary for me ensuring I get my zzzzz
A good night's sleep, with a calm mind, boils down to one point: Routine.
Routine- Noun: a sequence of actions regularly followed.
Sort your bedroom out
Having your bedroom looking fancy with new bedclothes and uncluttered, is the place to start. This will result in energy in the morning after a good night's sleep.
Even a simple cleanse and dab of moisture hydrates the skin, soothes and calms the mind from the self-care and attention of the ritual. Honesty, it has been a game changer for me.
You may not be in the mood after working from home all day, maybe minding kids at the same time. BUT!!! If you ever do any research of wellness and how people overcome anxiety, sleep issues, exercise is always there as a corner-stone of balance, renewing you mind, body and soul.
Work it gurl - I keep my workout simple, I use a weight, do 3 sets of 10 reps concentrating on crunches, lunges, squats, overheads, curls, arm pulls, and leg-ups (as opposed to sit-up which are too hard to my back postpartum.)
Having the bedroom smells nice also helps. Drop some lavender and wild orange essential oil into your diffuser and add some to your night moisturiser. Get the double whammy of these ester filled oils which are primed to lullaby you to sleep.
Try to keep your room clean, almost minimalist. That includes removing those magazines and books on your TBR pile to another room, and no tv. Try it out it worked for me.
Reduce caffeine and alcohol
- reduce these or minimize them for at least 3 hours before bedtime. Water is your new best friend.
Avoid eating too late or drinking too much water for an uninterrupted night's sleep. This also cuts back on the body's digestive work and so it can now concentrate on repairing your body as you sleep rather than digesting that pizza.
Walk the dogs in the back garden, admire the moon.
Blue light of social media
Try avoiding using social media,The constant flashing, new information, sad covid news, too many pictures to like....save it for the morning.
Avoid the unnatural glow of a computer or mobile phone screen. This light disrupts your internal cycles.
Mantras to calm a racing mind
A mantra is a sacred utterance, phrase that's meaningful to you, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers. Pick a short phrase and repeat it 108 times. When you are starting out with mantras pick a short phrase that means something to you or something that you wish to see more of in your life.
If your mind races then say the Om mantra. We do sell handmade in Ireland malas if you want to have a look at them.
Light a candle
Is there anything nicer than mediating before you sleep to the warm glow of a candle? I love this. Just make sure you blow it out before you sleep, or use a diffuser that has a sweet gloa. I love using the doTERRA difusser for her glow.
A new practice is to follow the routine of ritual to banish and attract your intentions.
I banish negativity and a racing mind and I attract good sleep and questions to any work questions. I sleep soundly and often get my answers within a day or two. Just make sure you blow out the candle before you sleep; never leave a candle unattended. Hope this helps with your night time routine.
Again, it is something that worked for me so have a read and see what works for you. Let me know how you get on, either on the below insta or my personal insta which is linked in the biz one. Honestly, a 15 minute weights workout, a nice bedroom, essential oils, skincare, reducing screentime, and water have been the best thing I have done for myself since the start of lockdown.
Keep your medical team in the loop, chat to your gp or pharmacist. Talk to your family and friends, grab a inst live and follow an RTE show while you do some yoga stretches with your chocolate bar to stay in the local loop.
Stay safe and happy and in the moment.