Hey guys! If you didn’t notice, I haven’t blogged for almost two weeks. I’ve been finalizing things and getting new things figured out with school, and its been taking up almost all of my time. The only thing I had time left to do was sleep. My sleep schedule has been super messed up recently; it really hasn’t had any consistency. So I thought I would do a post on the few things I do occasionally to help my mind properly shut off at bedtime.
- Burn Some Candles
Candles are probably the #1 thing that help me go to sleep. My current favorite candle is the Fireside Hearth candle from Sonoma Life+Style, so I’ve been burning that a lot recently, but usually I tend to use scents such as bamboo, lavender, and jasmine right before bed, because they’re very tranquil to me.
- Sip Some Tea
If you guys didn’t know already, I’m absolutely obsessed with tea. Most of the time I drink tea during the day to relax and relieve stress while I’m working on specific tasks. Sometimes I’ll have tea before bed, and when I do it has always been Zen tea by Tazo.
- Listen To Some Chill Music
I’m always listening to music. Right before bed I’ll play one of my playlists that help my brain chill. Usually I tend to listen to some soft electronic indie at this time.
Before bed is one of the best times to write. Usually all your thoughts you collected throughout the day are aching to be unloaded, so pick up a pencil, or whip out that laptop and get typing. It’s a great way to get things off your chest.
Exercising before sleep works the best for me. A lot of people I know like to workout right after they wake up in the morning because it gets them motivated for the rest of their day. For me, I always end up super exhausted, and I never have enough time to do a workout with the length I want. So doing this before bed is the most convenient for me; then I can shower and usually fall asleep faster since I’m more worn out.
- Essential Oils
If I’m having a really difficult time falling asleep, I’ll burn lavender or penetrating blue oil with a carrier oil in my wax warmer. It gets very strong when I put it in the warmer, and it fills my entire room. Both of those scents help me get to sleep on those nights were it’s extremely late and I got to try and work with the time I have remaining and get some sleep in fast.
- Take a Walk
If I’m rolling around and I can’t stop tossing and turning, I’ll get up and take a walk outside. I’ve always loved nature, and taking even a few breaths outside makes me feel so much more relaxed. If you’re not really into nature as much as I am, try just taking a walk around the house.
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I hope these things help you clear your mind faster before bedtime. These things are reasonably simple, and they can have a big impact. Lack of sleep affects you more than you think, try your best, and I hope these help. (: –
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