wellness

Bedtime Hygiene

There’s a thing called sleep hygiene, and I’ve never been great at it.

What is sleep hygiene? It’s your bedtime rituals and nightly habits, and if you have good sleep hygiene, it can help you have better sleep and improved overall wellness.

Now, my sleep hygiene? It is sometimes good but often awful. I fall asleep on the couch listening to Netflix after eating a bedtime candy snack. NOT GREAT.

These are the sleep hygiene habits I’d like to form:

  1. Go to sleep IN YOUR BED.
  2. Wear pajamas. STOP FALLING ASLEEP IN YOUR CLOTHES.
  3. Stop using your phone at bedtime. Plug it in to charge across the room, out of your reach, to keep from impulse scrolling.
  4. No more bedtime candy. No eating at all after 7:30 p.m. Give your gut a chance to rest from a long day of digesting!
  5. Read before bed.
  6. Make sure you’re tucked in by 9 p.m.
  7. Eliminate sleep aids. (Sometimes I use Tylenol PM when I can’t sleep and I’d love to stop that habit.)
  8. Do your daily inventory and a little evening check-in with yourself as soon as you get in bed and before you dock your phone.

I feel peaceful and well-rested just looking at this list. My plan is to get going with this routine TONIGHT! Let’s do this.

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balance · self-care · simplifying · wellness

Summertime

I have always loved the idea of summertime having a different vibe than the rest of the year. I enjoy it when my life feels seasonal – cozy and homey in the winter, active and fun in the spring, adventurous and busy in the summer, and slowing down in the fall.

A few years ago, I remember reading something Gretchen Rubin wrote, about wanting summer to have a different feel. She talked about people who actually live someplace different in the summer – they spend the summer at the beach or in the mountains or abroad. (Which I would love to do someday!) I’ve noticed that some friends achieve a different feel to their summer either by a) enjoying Summer Fridays at their jobs, when everyone is allowed to leave early on Fridays, or b) changing up how and where they spend their weekends, like retreating to a country home or the beach for Saturdays and Sundays.

This year, my summertime will DEFINITELY have a different vibe. This is my first summer off after starting a new job as a school social worker at my local middle school. And I am pumped. Psyched! And also, curious. Because what will it look like, to have the summer free to be home with my boys and to write and to have open, lazy days when we have no requirements for where we have to be and what we have to do?

I don’t know, but I am so excited to find out.

The vibe I want to cultivate for my family is all about rhythm, routine, recreation, and rest. I want to establish an enjoyable and healthy rhythm for our family; I want to create beneficial routines for all of us that we can carry into the next year; I want to have FUN and adventures!; and I want us all to have a good rest from the running around we’ve been doing all spring.

I love summer because it is a huge opportunity to press the reset button – to start new habits and to change the rhythm of everyday life. We have had a bonkers year – that post will be coming soon! – and it’s time for us to have a restful, rhythmic, fun-but-not-bonkers summer.  I can’t wait. Which is good because it starts TODAY!

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