Updated: Jun 6, 2019
What I wouldn't give to get an uninterrupted 7-hour sleep?This is what every new parent would ask after giving birth to a baby or what a full-time working parent like myself would ask after returning from a maternity leave.
The good news is... there is hope!
Welcome to the best hood in town... the Parenthood.
“Did you know that the recommended sleep for adults remains 7-9 hours according to the National Sleep Foundation?”
"Sleep plays a vital role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repairing of your heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke." In order to sleep better, you need to feel relaxed for the better part of the day.
Would you like to learn some relaxation techniques?
No matter how busy your day gets, it is important for you to slowdown and breathe. Relax. You deserve it, it's good for you, and it takes less time than you think. Here are some tips that work for me:
Meditate or join a yoga class. “Research suggests that daily mediation may alter the brain's neural pathways, making you more resilient to stress,” according to Robbie Maller Hartman, PhD, a Chicago health and wellness coach."
Breath deeply. Before you respond to that email or text message, reflect on what you have to say and take five deep breaths. Breathing can improve how you feel and clear your mind.
Slowdown. When you take a slow pace, you can digest food or information better. Next time you are given a project or homework, reflect on your strategy to achieve better results.
Get a back massage: Muscle relaxation can reduce pain due to tight muscles and improve flexibility and sleep.
Laugh or watch a comedy show. Laughter is the best medicine. Share a joke with a friend or watch a funny video on YouTube.
Reach out to others. Reconnecting with friends through Social Media, in moderation, can make you feel relaxed and happy. Having that sense of belonging despite the distance can bring back good memories.
Take a walk. Depending on your weight, walking 10,000 steps burns between 250 and 600 calories. Don't walk just to lose calories though, walk because fresh air is good for you.
Listen more. The Dalai Lama said it right "When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
Sleep or take a power nap. Sleep can make you feel relaxed and energize. You also create memories when you sleep.
Be grateful. When you practice gratitude, you will always be present with the people who matter to you. Allow others to see the best version of yourself.