Mindfulness: Think meditation, yoga, and other practices meant to help you slow down and experience life as it is right now. Stress often comes from living in the past or worrying about the future. While there are things we can do to change what will happen, staying awake at night pondering isn't really productive. But turning off that problem-solving brain can be very hard. Meditation can help you learn to quiet the chatter and accept what is right now so you can rest and restore to handle tomorrow's worries.
Limit Late Night Screen Time: There are a number of ways that watching television, playing games on your phone, or reading articles on your computer can interfere with sleep. A big one is blue light, that naturally affects your melatonin cycle. Keeping in theme with stress reduction, think how the overload of information adds to your mental load, instead of helping relieve it. Creating a calming ritual at night time without screens is a great way to set yourself up for sleep success.
is an excellent step to getting better sleep. World Health Organization guidelines
state that 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week is a minimum for healthy bodies, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. That's just the minimum, though - for additional health benefits you should double that! That's 22-45 minutes a day. Exercise helps you stress less and digest your food better. Moving your body helps to strengthen it which reduces aches and pains. Try a 30-minute walk every day and see how your sleep and well-being improve!
Taking care of yourself will pay off big dividends. You'll be happier, healthier, and sleep better. Try applying some of these strategies, and see what happens!