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The Art of Doing Nothing

The Art of Doing Nothing

Tweet If you have a dent in your couch the size of your body and flies swarming over the dishes in your sink, then this post may not be for you. On the other hand, if you find yourself rushing from one task to the next, […]

A Healthy Alternative to Soda

A Healthy Alternative to Soda

Tweet A few days ago, I ordered a drink from one of my favorite restaurants on Oahu called Up Roll Cafe. While I had my regular salad bowl that tastes like sushi, I also ordered a “healthy soda.” The owner there said it had vinegar […]

Daily Inspiration #3: A Change in Perspective

Daily Inspiration #3: A Change in Perspective

TemptationsWhen we go on diets, rules and words like, “Can’t,” and “Don’t,” temps the three-year-old in your brain. Suddenly, all you want is a bar of chocolate when otherwise you wouldn’t even think of it.

If you’re trying to make a change in your life, change your lexicon.

Go for what you can eat and do versus what you can’t.

When changing eating habits or retraining yourself to sleep earlier or exercise more, think about the food you can eat, treat yourself with an hour of self-care rituals to look forward to before bedtime (I love tai chi and a mug of warm almond milk with tumeric and cinnamon!) and spend time in nature. If you enjoy working out at the gym more power to you. But if you dislike it or don’t have the time, spending time in nature organically forces you to physically exercise.

If you really don’t have time, I get you. As a stay at home mom with two toddlers, time to yourself is rare and precious. Lately, to fit in exercise, I’ve been sprinting from the washing machine to my son, or walking him in his stroller during nap time. Research these days show you don’t need a lot of exercise. Short bursts like sprints and occasional longer aerobic exercises are enough. Longer intensity workouts can cause stress to the body.

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Daily Inspiration #2: April 14, 2017

Daily Inspiration #2: April 14, 2017

Tweet Want to do something to feel hopeful when you’re stressed out of the state of the world? Turn off the news. Turn on this. It’s free and something I look forward. The famous duo do an amazing job of offering 21 days of meditation […]

Daily Inspiration April 10, 2017: Happiness Blooms

Daily Inspiration April 10, 2017: Happiness Blooms

Tweet I’ll be honest. I can’t keep up these days with long, flowing posts. But short bursts of inspiration I can do. After reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I was inspired to think up quick and simple ways I can bring more joy into […]

Finally Get to Sleep

Finally Get to Sleep

SleepSleep. It’s the elusive thing we drool about like we used to drool over chocolate cake and celebrity crushes. But the more we hear about its importance (e.g. a deficient amount causes everything from diabetes to heart disease not to mention exacerbating anxiety and depression.), the harder it is to surrender to slumber.

Insomnia has always been an wanted visitor in my house. But with two little kids, it seems ever present. The fear of inadequate sleep and having to take care of them turns nighttime into a battle. I worry about having enough energy to catch up after them. I worry that I will never heal from my illness. And then it’s morning and my fears have come true.

If you’re like me struggling with sleep, wanting it, but not knowing how to get it, I’ve gathered a few tips from experts. Let me know if you like it, tried it and if it helps.

This Very Well article talks about everything on sleep and insomnia. Scroll down to get to the good part-actual treatments for sleep. There are things there you might have already heard of like naps, aromatherapy and sleep environment, but there are a few I’ve never heard of. Click on chronotherapy, for example, and find out how delaying sleep by two to three hours can actually be beneficial or sleep restriction, restricting how long you’re actually in bed can increase your sleep efficiency.

I also recommend listening to Jeff Goins podcast The Portfolio Life, in case you’re not already. While he talks about a lot of relevant topics for creatives, this one in particular addresses sleep. In it, he interviews health and sleep expert Shawn Stevenson about the critical importance of sleep, and how to get it. If you’re a busy mom who doesn’t have time to listen to the whole thing, here are the highlights:

  1. Exercise in the morning. Even 5 minutes is enough to get you to sleep better at night.
  2. Eliminate caffeine or limit it to the morning. The effect of caffeine can last up to 6 hours after you drink it.
  3. Turn off electronics before bed. Research shows the light from it shuts down melatonin, which you need to get a restful night’s rest. There is a software called f.lux, which can help block out the blue glow from your computer.
  4. Create a bedtime routine. Yes it’s another thing we do for our kids, which we don’t do for ourselves. But consistent routine sets our mind and body for sleep.
  5. Your gut can affect sleep. Digestion is imperative for restful sleep. There are several articles online on how to clean up your gut.

Arianna Huffington published a book called, “The Sleep Revolution” and Shawn Stevenson also has a book called, “Sleep Smarter.” I have yet to read these, but will be in my to-read cue. If you’ve read one or both, please let me know what you think.

Happy slumber!

*Update – here is another resource with natural treatments for sleep.

 

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Easy Mother’s Day Craft Even Your 3-Year-Old Can Do

Easy Mother’s Day Craft Even Your 3-Year-Old Can Do

Tweet I saw a beautiful beaded necklace in a catalog and wanted to get it. Until I saw the price. It was over a hundred dollars! Taking a second look I realized I might be able to do it and possibly even get my son […]

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