Four Tips for Unwinding at Night
Today's fast paced world keeps our bodies and brains in overdrive on a daily basis. With emails, texts and social media, there is not a moments rest. It is important for our health to find ways to turn off the switch and unwind at night. This is easier said than done, however developing nightly rituals can help tremendously.
Here Are Some Nighttime Rituals to Unwind
Aromatherapy has been around for centuries and has been proven to work. Certain essential oils have been proven in clinical studies to reduce stress and improve sleep. Lavender has become a favorite among these scents and is widely used. You can use oils or fill a small cloth with fresh lavender and place it close to your nose.
Teas that do not contain tea can help you relax and get some shut-eye. Green tea is my personal favorite, but choose one you like or rotate several kinds. The tea itself is not the only part of this ritual. Take the time to embrace the sounds and smells of making the tea. Enjoy your tea in the same comfortable place every night and digest your day as you finish your come. By the time you finish, your brain will have already gone through the thoughts that may otherwise have kept you awake.
Concentrate on Breathing
The body uses breathing to expel acids that can increase anxiety. Taking short breaths indicates and increases anxiety, while taking long deep breathes helps release anxiety and stress helping us to calm down and get some sleep.
This seems like a no-brainer, but it is something that is difficult and takes practice. It helps to try to imagine your thoughts entering one side of your brain and exiting the other without dwelling on that thought. Before you know it, you will be slipping into a dream as your subconscious takes control.