Do you keep going from morning until night without any down time (or time with feet up)? Does your energy suddenly dip at the end of the day – yet your mind feels wired rather than tired? Can you slip into sweet sleep naturally and easily – or does it become a bit of a worry?
Rest is the best natural healing technique for the prevention and cure of a myriad of ailments and diseases, from anxiety and hypertension to IBS and depression. If you’re having troubles resting naturally, follow these five rest inducers to help you drift off naturally…
1. Prioritise a time of day when you can totally switch off – from emails and facebook to TV and any piles of cleaning.
2. Let others know that you are taking a break, so you can feel good about stopping, letting go and revitalising.
3. Choose a space to rest in that enables you to relax most easily. Zen, uncluttered areas, give your head the best space. Ideally this should be the same time each day, to create a natural healthy habit. Make sure you are choosing an amount of time that enables you to let go comfortably.
4. Choose a position that supports your back and neck to be in alignment, lying on the floor with legs up against a wall, or over a chair is ideal (and a great restorative yoga pose) as this back flushes the heart with blood, pumping extra oxygenating. Then breathe slowly and deeply, focusing on the exhales to slow down your respiration and soothe your nervous system.
5. Consciously set your mind on rest and relaxation. The quickest way to do this is to (literally!) speak to your body parts. Tell yourself: ‘I am relaxing my feet, my feet are relaxed and resting. I am relaxing my legs, my legs are relaxed and resting’. Work your way up through your body until you reach your neck and head.
If you need to use music, choose music which is beautiful, soft and healing. (YouTube and iTunes radio are great for this). Set it up in the background. Add essential oils like lavender, bergamot and rose to an eye mask to help to calm the mind – the scented oils work to override jumpy thought patterns.
And before going to bed, ensure you have given your supper sufficient time to digest, rather than have your digestive system working over-time. Reduce the level of lighting in your home by softening with side lights. Experts recommend at least one and a half hours away from a screen – yes that includes Kindle HDs as well as TVs and laptops. Get in some gentle stretching, ideally with the spinal column in contact with the floor to ground yourself and calm your system.
In addition to the above, there are three more points that can assist in your quest to effectively relax.
1. Fill your mind with good feeling thoughts! Choose healing, inspiring, high vibration books to read (that means books that offer uplifting, life-enhancing, reading.
2. If you have an alarm – ensure it wakes you up softly, kindly and as naturally as possible, otherwise the body is woken up with a SHOCK that over-stimulates the fight-or-flight response to start your day.
3. Return to focusing on your breath and you can even pop in some moments of gratitude for your day, for yourself and for others, for good things that happened and which you created… This enhances the seratonin levels gently infusing your system with happier feelings… like an inner-mind massage that will send you sweetly off to sleep.