And Suggestions On How to Address Them!
We all use energy throughout the day and if we are in a steady rhythm of living we replace that energy easily and naturally, just like a bank account we must put in to our account before we can get it out……but often we are not in our natural rhythm we are draining our account, we take out through choice or life far more than we put in which, our bank manager would say in counterproductive and there of course will be a charge……
So what can we do to help ourselves make the right choices or to address the energy drains that may occur throughput our day….
Energy Drain 1: Sleep Deprivation.
You go to bed late:
- Maybe you are working on the computer
- Perhaps you run around trying to get a few last minute things done before you go to sleep.
- ‘Need’ to watch the TV
- Too many drinks (including alcohol)
- Required that last snack of the day
- Looking after an infant
. Sleep hygiene is a powerful tool in creating the space in which to have a calm restful night’s sleep
- Give yourself the gift of going to bed earlier (even 15 minutes will make a difference)
- One hour before bedtime, STOP everything else and prepare your body and mind for rest by spending 20 minutes doing light chores that must be done so you will sleep better (pack book bags, make lunches, do NOT do heavy cleaning), spend the following 20 minutes on personal hygiene and the following 20 minutes reading or meditating. If you only have 30 minutes, do each of these activities for 10 minutes.
- If you are having trouble falling asleep because your mind is racing with ideas, take a few moments to journal your thoughts before bedtime.
- You may want to keep a gratitude journal and jot down a the end of the day what you are grateful for
- Maybe you would like o reflect on your day and forgive yourself for your perceived lack and think about ways that you could have approached he day differently, and praise yourself for the things you did well and pledge to keep doing so
- Don’t have drinks (especially alcohol) at least 2 hours before going to bed
- Don’t eat at least two hours before going to bed
- Don’t have TV’s in the bedroom (it encourages you to watch and all electricity should be turned off in the bedroom anyway)
- Either try to wake up unaided, or have an alarm that only the light changes, gets brighter as it mimics the morning sun.
- If you are looking after an infant it’s as important for them to get in to a sleep routine as it is for you….so persevere you are laying the foundation for yourself and for them!
- Make an appointment with me and learn ways to relax yourself to sleep!