August 15th is Relaxtion Day and the lovely people over at Room To Sleep have sent me the cutest little hamper of products to help me relax. If you’re looking for a new bed or bedroom furniture then go check them out.
For me, relaxation is really important. Endometriosis leaves me in constant pain, so I need to take that time to myself to unwind and give my body a rest. I don’t always find relaxation that easy as my mind is constantly going a million miles an hour, but I like to make time for it.
You don’t want to be going to bed when you’re wound up and feeling tense, so making a little bit of time for yourself to relax is important if you want a good sleep. I love sleeping but I’m rubbish at it – seriously rubbish. I wake up multiple times a night and I am constantly exhausted, so I do whatever I can to try and improve the quality of my sleep.
I know some people who can have a cup of tea right before they go to sleep – I am not that person.
If I were to drink tea and then go straight to bed you can guarantee that I will be up and down all night needing the loo – hardly relaxing. Instead I like to have mine about 2 hours before I go to bed. It is my body’s signal that I’m winding down for the day and that I’m ready to get cosy. There’s something so comforting about a nice hot cup of tea. I scroll through my Instagram and make sure I avoid any work emails whilst I let the tea work its magic.
I’m trying to get out of the habit of watching TV in the half hour before I go to bed – that’s a hard habit to break.
I always end up getting too engrossed in what I’m watching and end up watching it for longer than I’d planned and falling asleep to late. So I am making a real effort to read instead as I find this relaxes me and calms my mind down a little. I am trying to teach myself new ways in which to relax and unwind, and develop a healthier sleep routine. I highly recommend you picking up Calm as it teaches you tips and tricks for mindfulness and relaxation.
Along with cosy candles, fresh bedding, my favourite pjs and a cute sleep mask, I am starting to get better at relaxation.
They say that it takes 3 weeks for a habit to form, so it really doesn’t take long to change your nighttime routine for one that is more relaxing. As someone who suffers from depression, I am already finding it beneficial to take that bit of time for myself to relax.
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* These items were sent to me for free in exchange for this blog post