I was searching through some of the archives and came across my “Sleep Deprived” tags. As working parents, we are in a shortage of sleep these days. I write “parents” because both me and the hubs struggle with the lack of sleep.
If you have little ones, you probably know the drill… one finally falls asleep while the other is waking up. It’s almost like they tag-team!
Or maybe you are experiencing the “I can’t turn my brain off” kind of sleep deprivation.
Did you know that it’s recommended that we get 7-8 hours of sleep per night?
Now that is funny!
A few times a week I do get the opportunity to go to bed early. I get nice and comfy only to hear the sound of the race begin in my mind. All the stimulation from the day and thoughts of my to-do lists whirl like the Indy 500. Then, I can’t fall asleep. Sound familiar?
I have tried different techniques for relaxing my mind along the way and thought I’d share them with you (again).
Tips For The Evening
- A hot shower or bath before bed – A good way to calm.
- Tea – If you like tea, Celestial Seasons has a sleepytime tea with a blend of chamomile, spearmint and peppermint.
- Meditation – Lots of techniques for this. Basic: Sit, close your eyes, quiet your mind and let go of thoughts that pop in (5-30 minutes).
- Stretch – Lay down on your back, with hands extended overhead and stretch. Release. Stretch. Works for me every time!
- Breathe – A deep inhale followed by a long exhale. Repeat a few times to slow your mind.
Tips For Your Daily Life
- Positive Energy – Stick with the positive people, enjoy positive energy and practice positive affirmations. Yep, you can be your own cheerleader. “You’re fabulous baby!” Say it out loud… you will love it!
- Exercise – Take a walk around the office or after work with the family. Another great way to relax and an excellent way to connect with your walking partner or family.
- Music Will Calm – You know the kind of music you enjoy. Pick something that will soothe you and your mind will calm down with the tunes.
- Have a Good Gut Laugh – If it’s funny, laugh it out!
I am constantly thinking about different things going on in my life and it takes practice to slow my mind. Incorporating a few of these tips into my evening and also my daily routines have helped calm and relax me.
Another benefit is that practicing these tips or a combination of them will reduce stress even after a hectic day.
Share with us! How do you relax your mind?