lately I’ve had a hard time turning my brain off at night.
to say there is a lot going on would be a severe understatement.
a nightly lavender epsom salt bath has been my savior. paired with candlelight, a notebook for my thoughts, and [once a week] a clay mask for my face.
[find epsom salt in your grocery store’s bath section or here].
the do’s + don’ts
do: light candles & turn off all artificial light.
don’t: bring your phone with you. [it won’t do well in water & you want to eliminate outside distractions].
do: play soft music or be in silence. whatever is more relaxing for you.
do: 20 minutes of complete + total brain drain. for some that’s eyes closed, silence. for others, its escaping in a book. or maybe, it’s writing out your thoughts. mine is a combination of all three. so find what works for you.
don’t: tell yourself you can’t find time to escape for a few minutes ..
the weekend is nearly upon us. and my first bridal shower. woo hoo.
I mentioned in my spring goals recently that I want 7.5 hours of sleep each night. and I can honestly report back + say, since march 20th I’ve only missed that one night.
but it’s never as easy as just “going to bed”. there must be a routine.
firstly, I have a jawbone UP fitness band, that I wear daily, mostly because of the sleep tracker. it measures my total sleep each night, including deep + light sleep. as well as how long it took me to fall asleep, and if I woke up at all during the night. it can even wake me up in the morning.
everything I do to “get ready for bed” is either to help me fall asleep faster or to help me wake up refreshed.
• aromatherapy pillow mist.
• clean face [wash + moisturize] + teeth.
• check your alarm twice, for peace of mind. [there’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night, thinking “did I set my alarm?”].
• get 7+ hours. you’re going to go to sleep feeling good about the next day & wake up well rested.
• and if you have time before bed, read a book. it’s truly the best way to unwind.
one last thing: try to wake up at the same time every single day [except the weekends, I just can’t]. my alarm clock is set for 6:33AM every day. even though during the week, my in-times at work fluctuate between 8AM and 10AM.
happy hump day!
P.S. last night I got 8h 4m of sleep. and I’m feeling pretty good about today.
change isn’t always a bad thing. occasionally it can help you learn a bit about yourself.
something old // something new // something undiscovered.
• old: I thrive on being busy.
• new: I love early mornings.
• undiscovered: where I’m going to fit a workout into my daily routine.
I just entered my 4th week at my full-time position. but what you may not have known, I also have a part-time job [saturday’s + sunday’s] as a waitress. [it’s become a “money for the wedding” job]. in addition, to time spent blogging. not to mention, there is apparently a wedding I should be ‘actively’ planning? and a gym I should be visiting for said-wedding. all the while getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep. lofty goals much?
I am still working out the kinks in my new routine. please bare with me.
I intend to be
successfully juggling it all very shortly.
as for the workout portion of my routine, I’m thinking that’ll be the newest addition to my mornings.
[*editor’s note: I think I can, I think I can].
my motto should be: don’t get overwhelmed; get iced coffee and do more.