Last night, Tommy and I were laying in bed, and he said “Remember that time that we went to that amazing day spa, and when you were in the steam room for the bathing ritual, you counted to 600 because the guy told you to stay in there for ten minutes?”
I am embarrassed to say that he did not make that up. I am a rule-follower. And here’s another confession: I don’t know how to relax. I was at Sundara, the #5 ranked spa destination in the world, doing their therapeutic bathing ritual before my 90-minute massage, and I was hell bent on following every instruction to a T. The gentleman who gave us our orientation and instructions said that we should spend ten minutes in the steam room, so that’s exactly what I did, by counting to 600. Sweet relaxation, right? I counted in the cold plunges, too, and counted how many cold plunges I did.
What the heck!? That’s how I relax?
Truth is, I just don’t know how, but I am on a mission to change that! I mean, if Pope Francis says I should, I really should, right?
It goes right in line with relaxation, but another thing that is not on my list of superpowers is falling and staying asleep.
Some of the things that I have tried that have helped are:
* Giving myself a 3pm “Caffeine Curfew.”
* Taking time before bed to wind down – no electronics, sweet blue blocking goggles, and calming things
* Baths with lavender epsom salts.
* Committing and sticking to the same bed time and wake up time in the mornings
* Working out as early in the day as possible (unless it’s yoga – that’s cool at night!)
* Primal Calm and Magnesium supplements
* I also count my blessings (instead of sheep) and pray to God to thank him as I (hopefully) drift off!
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I need to do more of those together, though, so that my sleep no longer looks like last night’s (which is pretty standard):
One that Tommy shared with me (since he does more than just make fun of me for counting to 600 when I am supposed to relax) is eating local honey before bed, and that sounds like a great idea! Read more about it here.
Additionally, I want to give meditation an additional try. I know. So many people say they have no time for meditation. I have been that person! But I have also heard this proverb:
And, the benefits seem amazing, and I just read this blog about the benefits and tips for starting meditation, so it seems like a great idea!
Apparently, meditation is on the brain for a lot of people. Here’s another great blog of tips for “Meditation 101” including some awesome app suggestions (and a pillow that is going on my wishlist)!
So, to hopefully help that along, I am joining a “Meditation for Busy People” challenge. Here’s the link to participate and get the meditations!
Because I run a lot of accountability groups and would need accountability to stick to this myself, I created a facebook group so that anyone interested could join and be held accountable. Feel free to click here and request to join! It starts March 13th!
And speaking of facebook accountability groups, I’ve set up another one that will start this coming Monday, March 9th, where we are exploring using Apple Cider Vinegar a different way each day for five days. Click here to join that one!
Do you have any relaxation or sleep hygiene tips? How about go-to uses for Apple Cider Vinegar? Comment below!