Calming the mind before bedtime is crucial to our overall health and wellbeing. But, it is easier said than done. And if we are unable to shut off our brains - we are at higher risk of being sleep deprived, which in turn increases the risk of health problems such as hypertension, reasoning, judgement and decision-making. Our overall performance will be affected. Missing out on sleep then is definitely a no thank you from me. So, in what way can we help our mind and body to wind down before bed?
I have written about chamomile tea so many times now, however, it cannot be stressed enough: a warm cup of chamomile tea seems to work wonders for me. In fact, it is regarded as a mild sleep inducer and one of the most ancient medicinal herbs known to mankind.
2. Create a pre-sleep routine (30 min - 1 hour)
This may include listening to calming music, lighting candles, self-pamper, doing stretches/relaxation excersises, grab a book/read bed time stories if you have children. Limit phone use, news or TV - why feed the mind with even more information to process when you are trying to achieve the opposite. My pre-sleep routine always consist of writing down tasks for tomorrow and mentally prepare for the week ahead. Reminder: We want to find ways that help relax and prepare our bodies for sleep.
3. End the day with a grateful heart
Last but not least, end the day with a grateful heart. You don´t need to write it down. Think about it. Reflect. Who are you grateful for having in your life? What are you grateful for, and why? Remind yourself what is important to you. Time is scarce, and I believe that being kind to oneself and others around us can help us do great things.