We all know how stress feels. We become anxious, scatter-brained, and can even have a difficult time sleeping. We toss and turn as we think about the long list of things we have to do tomorrow because we didn’t do enough today. Everyone has stress in their lives but letting it consume you can cause all sorts of problems, such as sleep deprivation.
Sleep is absolutely imperative to our health and our ability to adequately perform daily tasks. Here are a few tips to help you get a good night’s sleep.
1. Get Rid of the Clutter
Sleeping in a room that is filled with boxes and piles creates a stressful environment rather than a relaxing one. A cleaner room leads to a more tranquil mind. You wouldn’t want to do yoga surrounded by clutter, right? The same goes for sleeping.
2. Use Essential Oils
Essential oils such as lavender and chamomile can help you feel relaxed and in turn, promote a healthy night’s sleep. You can add a couple of drops to water and spray your bedroom.
Essential oils can also be used in the shower by adding a drop or two to the floor and smelling the calming aroma through the steam.
Of course, simply smelling the oils from the bottle does the trick as well! If you’re willing to dabble in the power of essential oils, you can read more here. However, if you have a very sensitive nose then this tip may not work for you.
It’s so easy to get caught up in our everyday activities and obligations. It’s important to give ourselves some time to breathe and meditating is a perfect way to do that.
Find a quiet spot in your home or outside, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing and how you’re feeling at that moment. Let go of all your worries and distractions.
If you find yourself getting too restless with meditation, try yoga.
4. Drink Decaffeinated Teas
A hot cup of tea is incredibly soothing. Add a good book and a comfy sofa to the mix and you’ve got a perfect atmosphere. There are so many teas to choose from. Just the smell of some loose tea alone will make you feel super relaxed. Decaffeinated teas won’t keep you up at night but caffeinated teas certainly have the ability to do that so save your English Breakfast for breakfast!
It’s important to step back from your daily stresses, even if it’s just for an hour before bedtime. These tips can’t make all your stress disappear, but they can help you achieve a sense of balance throughout the day. So go enjoy a cup of tea in a clutter-free room, close your eyes and breathe.