Wakeup Refreshed from a Better Night's Rest


Yawn...We all have those days where we just don't want to get out of bed in the morning; for some of us, that's everyday. Nothing wrong with being so warm and cozy, but if you're just not feeling motivated about life or waking up feeling sluggish, then some changes definitely need to be made. Here are some tips to help you start your day feeling good.



Lets start from your night time routine!

Before bed:
-Don't eat heavy, salty, processed food before going to sleep. And put that soda down! Yes, sometimes we like to indulge ourselves but eating the wrong food (especially before bedtime) disrupts your sleep. Your digestive system goes into overdrive working on processing what you ate, and you wake up feeling exhausted. Remember, your body has it's own intelligence; when you go to sleep, it's your body's time to heal and cleanse itself.

Tomorrows vision/plans:
-Write down your goals for the next day, not only the things you need to do, but the things you'd like to do for yourself. Even if it's just one thing.

Right before bed:
-Read before sleeping. Meditate before sleeping. Pray before sleeping. Do the bow chicka wow wow before sleeping. Do anything else 30 minutes before sleeping instead of watching TV, playing with your phone, or being on the computer. The bright lights from all these electronics stimulate our brains which disrupts the melatonin. The melatonin is the hormone that helps us fall alseep. There are tons of articles that you can Google on this. 

-Lavender spray/oil diffuser: Essential oils have so many benefits, and lavender oil is definitely the one that I use the most. This oil has calming and relaxing properties that can help with insomnia, depression and anxiety. Just make sure you use a high quality oil to be able to gain the benefits.

-Drink a nice warm cup of tea as you start to unwind. I'm a big tea drinker, there's a fresh pot of tea in my house everyday. There are different teas and tonics that you can try that are soothing and calming, such as lemon balm and chamomile. Just be sure that it's caffeine-free.

-Listen to calming music/sounds to help you feel relaxed.  Now I know this goes against what I said earlier about not playing with your phone, BUT there are apps that have sounds to help you fall asleep. Just turn it on and zone out.

-Take a warm bath or shower. Our body temperature starts to decrease when it's ready to go to sleep, so taking a warm shower will not only help the muscles relax but bring the temperature up a bit. When you're done, the cool down period is when your body will slow down as it prepares itself for rest.

-Use a sleep mask to block out the light. Pick one that's comfortable and not too tight. Feeling very Dr. Suess right now.

-Wear something loose so you don't feel restricted (cotton, breathable material).  Or sleep naked, which is much better. :)

-Yoga: Yes yoga! There are postures that can help relieve your body and mind of tension to help you relax and sleep better, and NO you do not have to be super flexible to be able to do them.

-Meditate: Meditation helps to calm the mind and body.

-Go to sleep with gratitude. I know a lot of people (including me) start to overthink at night, an obvious reason that we may get stressed while trying to fall asleep. Instead, focus on the things that you're grateful for, even the smallest things that may have happen that day. You can even start a gratitude journal, that way you can always go back and reflect on all the wonderful things in your life that you are thankful for.


Sweet Dreams!

Leave your own tips in the comments, I'd love to hear them if you have any. Don't forget to follow my blog. <3

XO!


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  1. Great tips! I am guilty of never going to bed on time so I love this :) I'm following you on bloglovin, would love if you followed back :)

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