How Well Do You Sleep
When I talk to people about their top health concerns and stumbling blocks, poor sleep quality, lack of sleep, or some sort of negative sleep pattern is the top most popular response.
Most people are chronically exhausted because they aren’t getting enough sleep and aren’t getting sufficient quality sleep. This ties into other habits we have, but the overall conclusion is we don’t place a high enough value on quality sleep. We let that suffer before other things on our to-do list, and that’s just what it ends up doing… suffering.
So, how’s your sleep? Do you sleep well, or do you struggle when it comes to sleep?
Luckily, even if you struggle with sleeping well, there are so many tweaks and tricks you can do to improve your sleep quality. My favorite ways are to journal before bed and to have a routine that I try to follow most nights.
Do You Journal
Are you a journaler? If you are, how long have you practiced journaling?
There’s something so freeing about taking a pen to paper and letting your thoughts flow in such a private and safe place. It helps us to sift through our thoughts and feelings, working them out one by one from our hearts to our fingers. It’s healing, transformative and such a great way to keep memories safe in one place to look back to anytime you want.
I know some people are journalers and some are not — which are you?
Be kind to yourself.
Take out a piece of paper and jot down what being kind to yourself means to you. Write actual examples of how you can practice kindness, be as specific as possible.
Practicing kindness creates healthy habits. If you regularly practice being kind to yourself, you’ll naturally look at being kind to others through the same lens. Keep in mind that kindness isn’t critical, judgmental or negative — therefore, these are all habits that need breaking.
I know this is hard, but you absolutely deserve to be kind to yourself over critical.
Too Busy to Cook
There’s not enough time to cook healthy food. I don’t have time to exercise. How many times have you thought or said these things?
It can undoubtedly FEEL that way, but it is usually a priority factor over a time factor. Keep a journal of where your time is spent to see where any time-sucks may be hiding in plain sight.
Chances are, you spend quite a bit of time browsing on your phone or watching television daily. Instead of giving up your TV time (I get it, downtime is necessary!) try chopping veggies while you watch your favorite show, or using your television time to do a workout in your living room.
There are tons of small time hacks like this you can implement to reach your goals while not changing your current schedule too drastically.
Know What Inspires You
Do you do things daily that fill you up and inspire you?
Small daily doses of inspiration, growth and doing something that you simply enjoy makes a huge difference over time.
That could mean listening to an audiobook during your commute instead of rolling your eyes at morning traffic, spending time in the evening journaling before bed, or any variation of small things that make you feel better daily.
What are those things for you?
Every year, we raise our glasses and proclaim the things we will change. And we start off with the best of intentions, don’t we? I’ll get in shape! I’ll get back into my skinny jeans! I’ll finally write my novel! We feel so proud making these statements. Then the clock strikes midnight, we hug and kiss, and we carry home a sack of promises to ourselves that we really want to keep. But time marches on and while we start off on the right foot, life seems to get in the way making for an easy out. You CAN stick to the changes you want to see for yourself. Here’s how to finally make your New Year’s resolutions come true!
1. Tell someone you trust about your resolutions
It’s one thing to declare them at your New Years Eve party; It’s quite another to tell your best friend or your parents your plans for resolutions for the upcoming year. They’ll support you too, which can be the difference in making it happen. Write them down and post them on your bathroom mirror. A constant reminder will help you stay focused.
2. Don’t make too many at once
Resolving to get in better health by exercising and eating right is fantastic. But setting a realistic timeline is crucial. For example, start incorporating more and more healthy foods per week. Then begin challenging your exercise routine a little bit more as each week passes. In this way, you’ll look forward to your goals and feel better about accomplishing them.
3. Don’t just stay focused on your end result
Getting there is half the fun. The journey to achieving your goal should be made as fun as possible given the circumstances. Set mini-goals to mark your path to the end goal. Reward yourself when you get there, and remember it’s a learning process.
4. Clear your mind
Even without significant resolutions, you must find time to decompress your mind. Meditate, walk, write, read, or otherwise do something that pulls you away from a blue screen and forces you to connect with your innermost self.
It’s all mind over matter, and what matters is you. You’ve got this! What is your resolution or resolutions for 2018? I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming up for yourself, and see how I can help you accomplish that.
There’s just something magical about the autumn breeze that ignites a desire to enjoy life a little deeper — do you agree? It’s a perfect time to make some changes you’ve meant to make, and I want to share with you a few of my favorite morning habits to implement as fall begins — ones that I may have been a bit lackluster with during the summer months.
Starting off the day with movement. A morning jog or walk in the cool air is a fantastic way to wake yourself up and fill up your energy reserves for the day. There’s a short window of time to enjoy this before the weather gets too cold, so don’t miss out! You can work-out indoors if it’s too cold already, but doing so outdoors has quite a magical tone this time of year.
A warm breakfast. When you come back in from your morning run or walk, nothing is more soothing that preparing yourself a hot, healthy breakfast to enjoy. This can warm you back up from being outside and allows yourself a healthy breakfast to keep you satisfied until lunch.
Sleep in just a little longer. Hopefully, you’re getting enough sleep at night already, which is incredibly important for your well-being. But as the temperature drops and the sun rises a little later in the mornings, get a few extra minutes of sleep as well, if possible.
Drink your water. Begin your day with a big glass of warm water and some lemon to give your metabolism a boost and feel energized instantly. Doing so also starts the habit of drinking water, so you’ll continue to drink throughout the day.
What are your current morning habits, if any? I start my day feeding and walking my Boxers, then I read a few devotionals. I really love the First 5 app. A few days a week I go for a run with a friend. I also like doing Yoga at home in the morning – Christine Felstead’s Yoga for Runners: The Essentials is my favorite. I cannot wait for the temperatures to get a bit cooler and enjoy more time time outside in the morning. Florida summers are brutal.
Give your morning routine a refresh this fall, and kick-start your new healthy habits to gear you up for an incredible rest of your year. Being intentional with your time is an incredibly rewarding feeling.