Ten things that cause us to lose sleep:
4. Snoring parnter
5. Active mind
6. Active bladder
7. Active pets
8. Young children and babies
9. Uncomfortable mattress
10. Too much light or noise
Ten things you can do to get better sleep:
2. Write in your journal.
3. Read something positive and spiritual before turning off the light.
4. Take a hot bath.
5. Don’t drink too much before bed.
6. Gently encourage partner to seek help with his/her snoring
7. Exercise during the day. Take a walk after dinner.
8. Focus on the good that ocurred during your day and what you have to look forward to in the morning.
9. Wear socks.
10. Invest in high quality linenes, pillows, and pajamas that you feel positively dreamy in.
How we live our lives greatly affects how restful we sleep at night.
To live well by day do these ten things:
3. Work at something that nurtures your talents and strengths.
4. Be a part of something bigger than yourself (volunteer, join an organization)
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff (borrowed from Richard Carlson’s wonderful little book)
6. Try new things.
7. Find the “funny” in life situations.
8. Eat well.
10.Take mental breaks
Or sadness can come on as a tide of melancholy, causing you to feel blue but not sure exactly why.
For women, our hormones can certainly come into play with our emotional states.
Being sad and upset from time to time is part of the human condition. Most of the time if we don’t attach too much to our feelings we can just wait it out and the sadness will pass on its own- like drifting storm clouds in the sky.
If you find yourself down for whatever reason, here are some ideas to support you:
I wish you all a beautiful day.
Debra : )
I think those of us who are prone to anxiety get a little overwhelmed at times. I know I do. I will be rocking along quite smoothly and then that old anxiety decides to flirt with me a bit. It can kind of sneak up on me but at other times all of a sudden I feel fearful or overly emotional or just kind of down.
Symptoms of anxiety can manifest in a variety of ways: excess worrying, feeling bad about yourself, feeling scared, feeling “heavy”emotions, panic attacks, or feeling just a little uneasy.
What can you do when you feel anxiety coming on?
Our lifestyles may be affecting our sleep tonight.
Things to ask ourselves:
Asking ourselves questions is a good practice. It can bring awareness to an area in our lives that is not serving us well.
Start with questions. Write some things that come to mind in your journal. One change in our daily lifestyle could really make a difference to our sleep at night. For instance, cutting back on our afternoon coffee or napping less.
Some things to consider.
Life is busy. Life can be stressful. Many of us get in a pattern of reacting to stress in a way that is very hard on our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. You have probably heard of the “fight or flight” response. Our heart rates go up, the adrenaline has kicked in, stress hormones such as cortisol are going through our bodies releasing free radicals etc. This response is a good thing if we are really in a dangerous or urgent situation. It served our ancestors well when the big predators were after them while hunting. It does not serve us well if we are wrecking havoc on ourselves with each bill that comes in the mail, every little worry that pops into our minds etc. The result is anxiety, fatigue, stress related illness, aging, high blood pressure, and probably shortened life spans.
It would benefit us to learn how to turn this fight or flight response off (except when really needed like pulling our kids away from a coming car while crossing the street etc.)
Here are some activities (not in any particular order) that help to alleviate the negative effects of stress by lowering heart rate, slowing breathing, and lowering blood pressure: