Healthy Lifestyle Tips, Part Two

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Most people can’t get enough of it. Some people crave it. We all need it.

Have I stumped you? Any idea what it is? Could it be sex? Sunshine? Maybe alcohol? How about chocolate? While they’re all good answers…

The correct answer here is a good night’s sleep!

Your body needs time to recharge, so don’t discount the importance of getting a good seven-to-eight hours of sleep a night, which sets you up for a good start to your day.

Because you don’t need stimulation before turning in for the night, get in the habit of regularly winding down for 30-60 minutes before bedtime. This will signal your body and mind that it’s time to unplug, slow down, and relax before hitting the sack. You’ll never get quality sleep if your mind is racing as you obsess over the next day’s to-do list,

I’ve put together eight tips to help you relax and unwind before bedtime and inspire you to drift off happily to dreamland.

  • Consider pleasure reading a book or magazine coupled with a steaming cup of chamomile tea to free you from stressing over the next day’s to-do list as you transition to sleep mode.
  • Turn off your cell phone and computer. Consider listening to soothing classical music or the sounds of nature before bedtime. There’s a time and place for pulse-pounding heavy metal or hard rock, and it isn’t as a means to relaxation before hitting the sack.
  • A warm shower or bath relaxes and soothes your muscles and raises your core body temperature, which act as a trigger to help you fall asleep
  • Mindful breathing – where you remain still and focus solely on your breathing – calms your mind and relaxes you, positively impacting your physical and mental health.
  • Meditation and prayer promote a tranquil state for body and mind, with the added dividend of helping to ensure a restful night.
  • Gentle stretching or yoga (not sweat-inducing exercise) can help ease pain as well as aid in helping you catch forty winks.
  • If you must watch television, don’t tune into the news or an adrenaline-pumping show; try a sit com for maximum relaxation.
  • Relaxing essential oils like Lavender, Vanilla, Jasmine, Bergamot, Cedarwood, and German Chamomile can be utilized in a variety of way to induce a slumberous state. Use them to massage muscles, or add a few drops to a warm bath. A diffuser releases a blend of essential oil and water into the air in a room. Make your own room spray by combining three-to -five drops of essential oil (depending on how strong you want the scent) and ½ cup of water in a spray bottle.

Do you have a favorite bedtime ritual that helps you relax before bedtime?

Drop me a line in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

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