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.
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.
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.