Wide Awake… 8 Ways to Get Some Shut-Eye

Your alarm clock is going to go off  in 3 hours, but you are still WIDE AWAKE!  You know that you need to be asleep, you need your rest, but for some reason, your EYES ARE WIDE OPEN! Has this ever happened to you? Perhaps it’s because you have to do something in the morning and you are anxious or excited and you just CANNOT SLEEP! Maybe you are worried or confused about some situation or life event and you are just RESTLESS!  Here are 8 ways to get some shut-eye…

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  1. Read a book-

    Now, don’t go for that intense, suspense that you just can’t put down, but read something that is slightly boring, or at least won’t keep your attention for long. Although, I love love love the bible, if I’ve been trying to go to sleep, God’s word alone is enough for me.  It’s probably His way of giving me rest.

  2. Drink warm milk-

    I’m not sure how well this helps, but it does contain tryptophan (the amino acid best known for being in turkey), which when released into the brain produces serotonin—a serenity-boosting neurotransmitter.  It’s worth the try.

  3. Count sheep-

    No, really, I mean how boring does counting sheep sound right?  A total snooze fest- this has to help at least a little bit.

  4. Play some soft spa music-

    This is one of my favorite ways to get some shut-eye.  If you have ever gotten a massage and fallen asleep, it may not have just been because of the relaxing of your tense muscles as the masseuse got out every knot and kink.  That spa music is pure relaxation.

  5. Take deep breaths-

    Speaking of relaxing, we all know that when you have an anxiety attack or need to calm down, you are told to take deep breaths right?  Well, if you are anxious or worried about something, taking deep breaths  should calm you down so you can get some sleep.

  6. Hold on to a stuffed animal/pillow-

    Perhaps its just me, but I always loved stuffed animals as a child.  They were so comforting and just gave me a sense of security.  If you can’t sleep and don’t have a stuffed animal in your bed, um, yeah, grab a pillow.  The tight squeeze can give you comfort and ease you into a resting state.

  7. Pray-

    This is really my number 1, but I like to put it as 7, the number of completion. 🙂 God is greater than any of your problems and He will give you rest. Just pray and ask Him for it.  If you aren’t a believer, now is a perfect time to try Jesus. Go ahead, pray!

  8. Focus on a word and keep repeating it softly-

    I remember hearing about this years ago, and I haven’t tried it in a while, but you go ahead and choose some random word. “Blue” is the one I chose years ago and just kept repeating softly.  You’ll get so tired of saying that word that you will doze right off.

Rest well my lovelies…

 

How to Shake off Sleep

Have you ever woken up but by around 2pm you realize that you never really “woke up?” You’re feeling like a zombie because you never really did shake off sleep. You feel like a fish out of water…

How to shake off sleep…

  • Wash your face with cold water- If you are outside of the home and you can get to a sink, just splash some water on your face. This will do wonders to wake you up.
  • Do some stretches- trying not to yawn, just do some basic stretches to get the blood flowing better. Increase air to your lungs by placing your hands behind your head and pulling your elbows backward.
  • Drink some water- guzzling water seems to help me real quick and of course H2O is amazing for your mind and body. Cold water may be best if you’re extremely tired. Then splash some on your face if that doesn’t work. 😉
  • Find something that makes you laugh- No seriously, laughing wakes you up! I mean have you ever noticed when you can’t sleep, you tend to laugh at everything, so try it in reverse. Find something funny on YouTube. I recommend LizaKoshy
  • Do some random exercises- Yes, any type of exercise, movement, workout! Just get up and dance around, even for  a few moments.  If you’re sitting at a desk, just move what you can. 

Hopefully these little tricks will wake you up and help shake off sleep!

The Golden Rules of Healthy Living

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While it might not be on top of everyone’s mind, staying healthy is important to a lot of people. Many of us women want to live as long as possible or at least be healthy enough to enjoy life to the fullest while we’re alive. And even if you sometimes struggle to care about your own health, you certainly care about how healthy your kids are. Life can get busy, so concentrating on keeping yourself and your family happy can sometimes be difficult. There are a few key elements you should focus on to make things a little easier. They’re mostly things you can weave into your everyday life.

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A Healthy Diet

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Why Do Black Girls Rock?

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Do we really have to ask this question?  Black Girls Rock because we are Fearfully and Wonderfully made!  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

Wait a minute, aren’t all of God’s children fearfully and wonderfully made?  Why Yes, however, I must say, black women have endured and overcome so much throughout history.  We all know that blacks in general had to face horrific trials and obstacles in America, being dragged, beaten, tortured, raped, and ripped from their families.

According to some of Wikipedia’s definition of the treatment of slaves in the United States,  “Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, beating, mutilation, branding and/or imprisonment. Punishment was most often meted out in response to disobedience or perceived infractions, but masters or overseers sometimes abused slaves to assert dominance. Pregnancy was not a barrier to punishment; methods were devised to administer lashings without harming the baby. Slave masters would dig a hole big enough for the woman’s stomach to lie in and proceed with the lashings.”

Even while carrying a child, many times, the child of a slave owner that had raped and impregnated her, these women had to endure and be strong,  Over time this strength, mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally was passed down from generation to generation.  Not to make light of what men had to endure, but right now I’m speaking about women and how black girls rock.

There are so many black women in history that have paved the way for black women today and even now black girls are rocking more than ever.  You don’t have to take my word for it, just take a look at some of the accomplishments black women have achieved each year from 2001.

  • Ruth Simmons, formerly the president of Smith College, became the first black woman to head an Ivy League university when she became the 18th president of Brown in 2001.
  • At the Winter Olympics in 2002, Vonetta Flowers was the first black woman to win a gold medal in bobsledding.
  • In 2003, Serena Williams became the first African-American to win a Career Grand Slam in tennis.
  • In 2004, Phylicia Rashad made Broadway history when she became the first black woman to win a Tony for Best Actress in a play for her role in Raisin In The Sun.
  • Condoleezza Rice became the first black woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state in 2005.
  • In 2006, Sophia Danenberg became the first African-American to reach the peak of Mount Everest.
  • Barbara Hillary, a retired nurse and lung cancer survivor who was raised in Harlem, became the first black woman to reach the North Pole at the age of 75 in 2007.
  • First African-American woman elected Speaker of a state House of Representatives in California Rep. Karen Bass in 2008
  • In 2009, Michelle Obama became the first African-American First Lady of The United States of America.
  • Democrat Terri Sewell became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. House from Alabama in 2010.
  • Angella Reid served as the White House Chief Usher from October 2011, in the Obama Administration, until her dismissal in May 2017 from the Trump Administration. She was the first woman to hold this position.
  • In 2012, Ava DuVernay won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival for her drama ‘Middle Of Nowhere— making her the first black woman to take home the honor.
  •  Rosa Parks was honored as the first African-American woman with a statue of her likeness on D.C’s Capitol Hill in 2013.
  • In 2014, Paulette Brown became the first black woman elected to lead the 400,000-member American Bar Association, which, until 1943, did not allow African-Americans to join.
  • Loretta Lynch became the first African-American woman Attorney General of the United States in 2015.
  • African-American women made Olympic history in the 2016 Summer Olympics by winning gold in gymnastics, swimming, and shot put. Simone Biles scored her third gold medal when she became the first American to win the Olympic vault individual, Simone Manuel became the first African-American female swimmer to win an Olympic medal in an individual event and Michelle Carter became the first African-American woman to win a gold in shot put.
  • Now, in 2017 Stacey Abrams, an American politician who is currently the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District aims to be the nation’s first female African-American governor.

Just as these black girls rock, so do you!!! These are just a few encouraging and motivating facts to keep you pushing forward.  They did it and so can you.  We all can! We have to keep believing in ourselves, looking at what our ancestors, family members, peers, friends, associates, and role models have accomplished and know that if He did it for them, He can and will do it for us.  This is why Black Girls Rock!

For more about a black girl who rocked, check out an earlier post…

Equal Justice: The Courage of Ada Sipuel