Do you notice……everyone is B-U-S-Y? I hear it when I am at the park with my children, at the grocery store, before a work meeting, and of course when I dig in to find out why someone is not sleeping at night.
“I am so busy.”
“I can’t wait for the weekend. Work has been so busy.”
“Wow, that was such a busy weekend. I did not stop.”
“I am so tired. I will sleep when I am dead.”
Not to be harsh but SO many people say this. Please.stop.saying.it.
It may be the endless to-do list that got done or did not get done. I often wonder, are we stuck in filling our days with more than we can handle?
Why are we unable to share the moments we sat with our child for 10 minutes at the end of the school day, the glass of wine that we shared with our spouse, or a good book that we have read? Life ebbs and flows so busy times are normal. The question I often ask clients is, “Does it have to be our constant state of being?”
Busy, I have fallen in the “busy trap” myself and it enabled me to pause and reflect on what mattered the most to me in my life and fully understand the necessity for rest.
Sleep is so much more than 8 hours at night with a bedtime routine, although I am a huge fan of course! I am going to share my top 4 tips for slowing down hoping these will enable you to begin to sleep and live better starting now.
- Find ways to slow down. Doing this will eliminate being in “fight or flight” mode which that produces cortisol and zaps our energy. Keep it simple: a 10-minute walk at lunch, taking a bath, reading a book, chewing your food while away from your desk, journaling or meditating.
- Create boundaries. Honour your sleep. Doing more on less hours of sleep is only going to make you tired, irritable and less productive. Provide yourself with 7-9 hours of sleep most nights of the week. Know when you need to wake up for the day, and count backwards to find your best bedtime.
- Stop scrolling. Blue light interferes with melatonin and often increases stress with the good and bad news often shared on social media. Set an alarm for 10-minutes of scrolling time and then stop and make sure that you are off all screens at least 1 hour before bedtime.
- Ask for help. We can’t do it all! If someone offers to help, say yes please! And don’t be afraid to ask a family member or a friend for help, hire a housecleaner, or order groceries online if it helps during a busy week.
If you are struggling with sleep, your health, and feel increasingly more stressed with less hours in your day to do it all, you are not alone. I would like to chat more about your sleep challenges so that you can be your best self again! I welcome you to schedule a free Discovery call here – https://my.timetrade.com/book/6PZFG