Are you rushing to finalise things at work and home before long-awaited summer holiday? Or are you taking things easy? If not, you will be forced to. Last week I have been forced to slow down. I want to share with you my experience of slowing down and the strategies that helped me.
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You can’t force sleep, but you can make sure that your environment promotes healthy sleep. Let’s look into the factors that affect sleep and how can you optimise your bedroom.
Yoga is a terrific way to relax before bedtime. But not all yoga postures are equal when it comes to relaxation. You need to know which yoga postures will relax you; otherwise, you might become even more active and awake.
What is your favourite way to relax? Is it to read a book? Or take a walk? Or have dinner with your friends? My favourite way is to relax by doing nothing at all, or seemingly nothing. I like to meditate for 15-20 minutes to relax consciously.
What nourishes you? This is the question that you should take really seriously and find the answer for yourself. Nourishing yourself means to do things that give you energy and nurture you. Think about a flower or a house plant: they need water from time to time to be alive, so do you!
I have a habit of reflecting on the past year and set an intention for the new one. This practice helps me organise my experiences and thoughts of the past and have a clearer view of what I would like for myself. Join me in this practice through meditation on Letting go and Wishing more of.
Breathing happens by itself without you even thinking of it, and at the same time, you can consciously control it. Breathing can also be one of the easiest ways to help you fall sleep if you breathe correctly.
It's 3:00 AM, and you have seen the clock turn each hour so far. And still, you do not manage to sleep, already for three days in a row. You might be facing insomnia, just like I did one year ago. But I found my sleep back.
The word combination 'to go to sleep' or even 'fall asleep' implies that sleeping is something you can easily control. We expect ourselves to switch off and on just like a light bulb. In reality, sleep is a complex process orchestrated by hormones and chemicals and impacted by an external environment.
Sleep is as essential as food or water. And while there are so many factors that can help you improve your sleep, I want to talk about three crucial habits that are probably responsible for 80% of improving your sleep. Read further on how to have a significant impact on your ability to rest and unwind.