I'm cutting it fine with my April blog I know, as we are on the May bank holiday weekend ! But just a quick hello & hope that you have time to relax & enjoy the long weekend or if you have to work to do, that you find time to relax another time, hoping that this blog finds you happy & content, looking forward to the warmer months ahead, hopefully.
The last month has been a whirlwind as we were away on holiday & celebrating over Easter plus catching up with de cluttering & getting organised so our time just seemed to evaporate, I'm really trying to focus on being aware of this & enjoying every moment & connecting with each experience to slow down.
I have also noticed since being back in the treatment room that some of my clients have struggled with unsettled sleep recently, so I have shared some tips from the 'hippy house maker' that may help also a link to some deeply relaxing music so before going to bed my own tips would be to alter your routine, get some air by stepping outside & grounding even just for a moment & look at the sky & breath in the night air, then run yourself a warm bath hopefully with a blend of some relaxing essential oils, listen to some calming music & allow your bedroom to become your retreat, create this by de cluttering & clearing the energy in this special place, then hopefully a soothing nights sleep will occur & you will awake feeling refreshed & ready for the day ahead.
There are natural options for a better night's rest from the hippy homemaker ....
"Sleep issues are most often underlying symptoms from other health issues. Before you chug down pills to cover up your chronic sleep problem, you might try making some of these changes in your life first, to see what helps you get a better night's rest:
- Ditch the caffeine after 4 pm – It's great at keeping you awake which is going against your ultimate goal of sleep!
- Get on a sleep schedule and go to bed before midnight – Some research suggests that every hour of sleep prior to 12 am is equal to 2 hours after. It's really important that you start going to bed at a normal hour, as your body adjusts, you will begin to wake up earlier naturally, without feeling so groggy, and you'll also begin to become tired as evening approaches.
- Get enough magnesium in your diet – there is a whole host of symptoms caused by magnesium deficiency, and one of those symptoms is insomnia. You can also supplement magnesium by taking frequent Epsom salt soaks in the bath!
- Change your diet and when you eat – Foods that don't digest well, cause indigestion, heartburn, gas, or intestinal problems can all disrupt your ability to sleep. Eating a whole foods diet rich in green vegetables, and avoiding processed foods can really change your body's energy levels throughout the day as well as the quality and quantity of sleep you get at night. Also, eating foods too close to bedtime can disrupt your sleep because your body has to work to digest the food while you are sleeping.
- Exercise regularly – You do not have to do a hardcore workout to get better sleep. Because of all of the surgeries that I have had, I can not do the normal workout that the Hippy Hubby does. I swim for fun, stretch my body and release tension with yoga, and even hike through nature with my family.
- Meditate – On the nights that I am having the hardest time quieting my mind, I throw on some meditation tunes (because my ADHD requires music to focus for long periods of time) and meditate myself to sleep. It works every single time. Once you get good at going into a meditative state (practice makes perfect), you will find it is very helpful to getting yourself to sleep. Anyone can learn to meditate!
- Use Herbs – Essential oils aren't the only herbal option that can be used when sleep is eluding you! I also love to make my own sleepytime tea and tincture for those times that aromatherapy just isn't cutting it! "
Hopefully these ideas help & I will be bringing some meditation sessions to butterfly & blossom by mid Autumn so if this is of interest to you watch this space.
Maybe also try some essential oil that calms your mind on a tissue or cotton pad by your bed, some aroma spray on your pillow or some of my butterfly & blossom relax salts next to you will encourage your mind to calm.
So as I mentioned short & sweet this month, but hoping you have time to do whatever makes you feel happy & calm this weekend, if things aren't quite as you'd wish them to be focus on small steps to change what is causing you to feel this way.
Big hugs & positive energy
Take care love Ruth xx