It’s back to the grind, whether it’s work or school. Returning from a sunny, relaxing summer holiday and stepping into a cold, wet and windy autumn can be depressing. All the hassles and frenetic activities have returned. With all this chaos comes a stressful environment.
We go back to our usual routine, which is tiring. Nonetheless, this is our life. So, at the end of the day, when we finish dinner, get the kids tucked into bed and finally have a few moments for ourselves we find it hard to put the day behind us as there is always something left unfinished. There is not enough time in the day to get everything done.
Now it’s time to get ready for bedtime. “Oh, I need to check my messages one last time.” “I forgot to get the report finished for tomorrow.” “Did I remember to take the clothes out of the dryer?” All of these unfinished things are going through our heads.
How are we going to relax and fall asleep if we have all these thoughts going around in our minds?
Well, it’s time to take “me time” and learn to take these moments to step back, forget about your busy day and all the things you have not quite finished, and relax. I know that is hard to do. We are so used to going, going, going. But it tires us out. People are not robots. We cannot be running and working 24 hours a day. We need our time to relax and get a good night’s sleep to be ready for the next day.
How do we do that? First, make a cut-off time for you to shut off your phones, computers and the television. Keep your electronic devices out of your bedroom. Dim the lights in your room and allow yourself to fall into a more calming atmosphere. Sit quietly and sip a hot chamomile, peppermint or valerian tea, or if you are not a tea drinker, a warm cup of milk with honey. Take a nice long shower or a warm, lavender bath.
Now, when it’s time to go to bed, lie down quietly and relax. Put all the business of the day behind you. Don’t think about all the things you need to do tomorrow. That is for tomorrow, not right now.
Meditation, mindfulness and gentle EFT tapping are great tools for relaxation at bedtime. Tune into your breathing and tune into your body. Listen to your breathing, feel your breathing as it slows down and your chest goes up and down. The more you tune into and focus on your body and breathing, the more relaxed you will be. Before you know it, you will be fast asleep and energized the next morning.
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