Waking up early is majorly spoken about as being difficult (if you’re looking for some tips in that, visit how to wake up early – 7 tips), but sleeping early is not always an easy task either! If you have the opportunity to sleep early I bet you can come up with a lot of other things to do…. except for sleeping. And those things will vary from watching some (more) Netflix to plainly doing nothing.
So I thought to give you some practical tips to go to sleep at an earlier time. Sleeping early means more (quality) sleep which consequently means that you’ll be of great help to the health of your mind and body.
Set an alarm
This one is very helpful if you’re figuring out how to start to sleep early. For example: if you want to go to sleep at 10 PM, set the alarm for 9.30PM so you can get up and make yourself ready for sleep.
Have a standard nighttime routine
Have a standard nighttime routine that you follow before going to bed. If you get up at 9.30PM, go to your closet, choose some comfy PJs, and move on to the bathroom for a shower. If you’re not the one to shower in the evening, then just do what you see necessary that you do before getting under the covers. Over time, your body and mind will kind of recognize what you’re doing and that what follows this routine is sleeping. Consequently, you get in a more relaxed mindset, which is very helpful at nighttime, right?
Do something that relaxes you
Do something that relaxes you before you go to sleep. Whether this is drinking a cup of tea (chamomile tea is known for its relaxing effect) or reading a book. Oh, and by the by…
I’m all for the hobbies! I think that a hobby is something quite special and unique: not everyone will like what you do as a hobby, and at the same time, you’ll not like what somebody else does. And even though there’s a group of people practicing the same hobby, every individual gives his own taste to it. Unfortunately, a hobby doesn’t always come natural; sometimes you have to look for your perfect match. So I thought I’d compile a list of 50 hobbies for some inspiration. I like to be creative, so you’ll find that most hobbies on this list are in that category. Anyway, I hope that this post will be a means for you to discover your passion!
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I have periods in my life where I’m really good at eating healthy, and periods where all that “healthy eating” moves down on my priority list. I usually don’t make a big deal out of the last situation, because I will notice the negative effects after a certain amount of time… so I find myself jumping right back eventually. But! Not with some effort. Sometimes I just lack the motivation, because eating unhealthy is easier… that’s what I tell myself though. Of course, that’s not the case (be on the lookout for a post about this!).
If I want to be back to eating healthy, most of the time I ask myself a very simple question. Here comes:
Why do I want to eat healthy?
And my answer to that is always:
“Because I want to feel good, be energetic, prevent/heal sickness and provide my body with the right fuel to perform at its best.”
And since I’m a mom, I add the part below for some extra
“I have to set an example for my kids and at the same time prepare or give them food that nourishes their little bodies and keeps them healthy, happy and energized.”
Every time I tell myself this (mantra much?), a feeling of guilt washes over me, and I’m ready to start eating healthy again. So it’s important to ask yourself this question in order to get your focus back.
Yes! The first move is made. Now onto the next steps:
Those loooong days. Everyone knows them, everyone has them: everyone can relate. If you’re finally entering the silent hours of the evening, you just want to relax for the day. But how do you really take it easy? Below are my favorite ways to spend the last hours of my day before I go to sleep.
Read a book
Not just a book. Read something you actually enjoy reading. I love to read books that make me laugh, especially after a stressful day. However, there was a time where I just couldn’t get enough of thrillers that made me have several adrenalin-spikes in just one sitting. Ever heard of Tess Gerritsen? Her books had me at the edge of my seat, all the time. The Rizzoli & Isles series is amazing. You can order the first book in this series here
Talk with someone!
Whether it’s with your partner or with a friend; whether it’s on the couch or over the phone: talking to someone is a must to unwind and de-stress for the day. Chitchat about what’s on your mind or just enjoy hearing them talk to you.
Indulge in a (luxurious) night time routine
Take a bath or a shower and pull out your stash of masks. I love the Freeman face masks. If I want to be fancy and all, I start with a detoxifying mask to then later put on a sleeping mask for hydration. Bonus: this one doesn’t smear all over your pillow, and it smells de-li-cious. Brushing your teeth, combing your hair and wearing some comfy pajamas will also set you in the right mode to go to sleep, peacefully.
The eternal struggle of eating enough vegetables… Those who can relate know what I’m talking about. We all know how important it is to get your veggies in; according to the orthomolecular medicine, you need 700 grams of vegetables a day! If you’re not used to eating vegetables that is quite a lot. However, I may have found some strategies (if you will) that have helped me a ton, and I figured that you may be benefitting from them as well.
Vegetables (especially organic ones) are full of vitamins and minerals which are essential for our bodies. Did you know that in order for your body to function properly it needs 15 essential nutrients that can’t be produced by the body itself? Those include Magnesium (spinach), Iron (mushrooms) and Calcium (broccoli). If you consistently eat vegetables and bring variety in them, your body will benefit from that tremendously.
So let’s move on to what you’re all here for…
6 easy ways to eat more vegetables
Sipping from some soup aren’t ya?
I love soups. You can literally throw in the most random vegetables with some vegetable broth and let everything cook (not too much). After that, you just have to process everything with a blender so you can enjoy your delicious meal.
One of my favorite soups is broccoli soup.
Here’s what you need:
Ah, how I love the early mornings. Especially in the spring and summertime. Daylight kicks in, birds are chirping, silence is all around me, and there’s something special about the fresh air of a young morning. And not to mention, I can start my day with actually doing something productive. Waking up early is a huge motivation for me to get some work done and begin my day energized and refreshed.
I made it sound like it’s easy peasy to wake up early, didn’t I? But unfortunately… it’s not. At least in the beginning of setting up this routine. So, I thought I could share my tips with you that helped me jump right off the bed as soon as I open my eyes (unless it’s 2 AM, I would then rather close my eyes again, ha!).
So here we go.
My 7 tips on how to be an early bird (without flying around with your eyes shut)
Get enough sleep
It’s easy to expect from yourself to rise and shine early, but if you go to bed past midnight, you’ll probably give up in about… 2 days. If you don’t get enough sleep you will definitely not be as productive as you want to be. However, you will be tired at first (more on that later) in the process of trying to wake up early, but this is completely normal.
If you’re someone who consistently sleeps late, try to develop the habit of sleeping at an early time. Or try to get some sleep during the day. If you’re a mom, catch up on sleep when your kids are napping or having quiet time. If that’s not possible, try to sleep early or in between feedings in the evening. Same goes for the working individual and the other busy bees out there.
Everyone wants to be productive, right? But how is it that it’s (so much) more difficult than it seems? I mean, I think you can imagine yourself kicking up your feet on the table, sipping from a large cup of tea, inhaling the fresh air that only a clean house can produce while looking at the clock wondering what task to tackle next.
I’m being totally honest if I say that I have days I feel productive and days I feel the opposite. Every person has his own situation and his own perception of being productive. I have 2 small children, and my idea of being productive is different from someone who works, or studies, or even doing both.
Even though there are a lot of tips on how to be more productive, I wanted to share the ones that have worked for me.
Make a to-do-list
I bet that you’ve heard this one over and over. But it works! Writing down what you have to do creates an overview you would not have otherwise. And there’s something satisfying about removing the task from your list when you are done!
Prioritize your tasks!
Rank your tasks in order of importance. This way you would not have to worry about doing the more important tasks during the day.
Don’t expect to become super productive in one day; it takes time to establish the habits that lead you to being productive.
Most of the time we don’t stand still at how much good friendliness can do to yourself and the ones you’re addressing it to. I think it’s important to do something friendly on purpose from time to time. So I gathered ten deeds of kindness that will bring you tons of lovely smiles!
Send those cards out!
Yes, this is quite basic, but oh how happy you can make a person with a handwritten note coming from you. And let me tell you that you will also enjoy this act. From choosing a card in the store, to walking to the mailbox to let this card deliver to the lovely person you’re sending it to.
Cook and/or bake an extra serving
When you’re cooking and/or baking, make some extra to give to your neighbors. Guaranteed that they will appreciate this gesture!
Make a present
A handmade present is much more personal and fun to get. Don’t know what to make? Browse Pinterest for beautiful yet simple DIYs