Reinvent Your Sleep Routine

One of the biggest issues my clients discuss in therapy is a lack of comfortable, restful sleep.  Granted, my clients have almost all recently gone through drug or alcohol withdrawal, it’s a problem many of us can relate to.  I found a great article from Best Life: 15 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed.  Take a look at these tips and see if you can make some better choices for some better zzz’s.

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30 Morning Rituals Nutritionists Do Every Day to Stay Slim

Those of you that know me are well aware that I’m NOT a morning person.  I try so hard to change my routine, and I’m still stuck in my night-owl rut.  I found this great article from Eat This, Not That: 30 Morning Rituals Nutritionists Do Every Day to Stay Slim.  Tip #15 is Get Your Sweat On, and I so wish I can be a morning person enough to do my workouts before work instead of after!  Maybe I’ll get there some day.  For Tip #16, Refuel Post-Workout, you can use my Crock Pot Protein Oatmeal recipe. And as far as Tip #19, Practice Gratitude, I generally do that one before bed, after I’d laid down and have been reflecting on the day.  I think starting the day with that practice would be a great head-start too!  Hopefully these tips and all the ones listed in the article can make a positive impact on your daily routine.

Becoming a Morning Person

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Punctuality, particularly first thing in the morning, has never been my strongest suit.  I’m such a motivated person throughout the day, and that fire can stay strong well into the evening hours when I should be winding down; then getting up and running in the morning is hell.  I read this fantastic article from Foundr about some important tips for getting better sleep, which makes mornings a bit more bearable.  These are tools I’d teach to clients in therapy and they’re proven to help.

The gist is:

  • Make yourself a to-do list for tomorrow
  • Adjust your mindset and think differently about mornings
  • Don’t use your phone (tablet/computer/whatever else) before bed (you can read more about the harmful effects of the blue light they omit in this Harvard article)
  • Have a routine to help yourself turn down and cue your body for sleep

They also threw in some #neuroscience and a link for these awesome morning oat recipes!  So basically you must check out this fantastic article and get on track to have more productive and stress-free mornings.

photo credit: realsimple