The power of rest
It's been a big year for all of us. In a year that felt strange and often nerve-wracking, many of us turned inwards to pause and reflect. And if you ask us, there has been no better time to pause and implement better self care rituals into your every day routine. Taking a break and resting is the foundation of outstanding health. But not just in terms of getting adequate sleep daily, but resting mindfully throughout your days, too. Here are 5 easy rituals we are embracing to start the new year.1. Set a routine
Ensure that you are going to bed and rising at around the same time. This helps to get your body’s chemistry into a routine. Falling to sleep before 10pm and rising by 6am is the optimal sleep pattern to work in conjunction with the chemicals your body produces to induce sleep. If you try to fall asleep after 10pm you are fighting your body’s natural sleep patterns and risk falling out of a routine.
2. Go offline
Televisions, smart phones, laptops and iPads are all back-lit devices. The light omitted from the devices interrupts the sleep hormone melatonin from being produced. Try to stop the use of these devices 30 minutes before going to bed. This also gives you time to disconnect from all the notifications, emails, and people demanding your attention. Take some time to enjoy the space it creates.
3. Use herbal tea to relax
We have created four beautiful herbal teas that you can include in your bedtime routine to help promote sleep. Our Detox Evening, Rooibos Chai, Turmeric + Ginger and Chamomile Blossom contain herbs that induce calmness, reduce anxiety and allow the mind and body to relax. Try brewing a cup and drinking it in peace 30 minutes before bed. This not only tells your body to relax, but your mind too.
Clearing the mind before sleep is essential for anyone who leads a busy life. Often what keeps us awake at night is the ever growing to-do list, we are constantly worrying that we will forget to do something. Make it part of your bed time routine to sit and write down everything that is on your mind. Write without filtering, and just dump everything that is going on in your head on the page.
5. Spend time in nature
Another great way to feel rested is to spend time reconnecting with nature. Breathing fresh, clean air can help regulate your levels of serotonin and this promotes happiness and well-being. The negative ion-rich oxygen found in nature has been shown to have a relaxing effect on the body, meaning it is an easy way to feel rested if you’re more of an active person.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make 2021 our best year yet for a happier, healthier you!