When was the last time you read a book? A book is a fantastic way to rest without sleeping. Whether it is fiction or factual, reading is so good for you and helps you to relax your mind and your body.
You could use your morning ritual to do some reading before you start your day. Reading takes your mind off other things and allows you to reset your mind. It’s also great to read before bed and might even help you sleep better.
A bath is another way to rest that doesn’t involve sleeping. This idea is the perfect way to relax your body after a long day or even if you have had an intense workout. Let your body soak in warm water and feel relaxed.
You can add extras to make it more relaxing like bath salts and oil, candles, and even something to watch or read while you soak in the tub. That also allows your body to lie down and take a moment to rest.
Did you know that the type of food you eat can help you rest better? Apart from the apparent avoidance of caffeine from the afternoon onwards, there are other choices you could be making to help you sleep better at night.
Avoid eating chocolate, steak, and spicy foods as these can keep you up at night. When you eat a big meal late in the evening, your metabolism has to work very hard, and this can make you have a restless night.
To get the best possible sleep at night and feel relaxed adequately at your bedtime, you should make sure that you leave all electronic devices behind, especially your cellphone.
We start aimlessly scrolling and not allowing our minds time to rest from looking at a screen all day long. Fill your evening time with other things like reading, journaling, listening to calming music, or chatting with your family.
Last but not least, assign yourself a bedtime. Remember when you were younger, and you were sent to bed at a specific time? That is a habit you should take up in adulthood too. We all tend to go to bed late because our minds are too busy.
Switch off at some point in the evening and start your winding down process. When you can go to bed at a reasonable hour and go to bed feeling relaxed, you will sleep better, which will give you more energy the next day.
Allowing your body time to rest and recover is the best gift you can give yourself. When your body is feeling it’s best, you will perform well and be able to do the things you want to without feeling overworked and overwhelmed.
Resting your mind is also essential, and the way to do this is by eliminating the things that cause you to stress, and if you can’t, finding a way to manage this. There are simple ways and significant life changes you can make.