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 Find Motivation… 10 Steps that I Find Motivating

Motivation is the driving force behind the who, what, when, where, and why we do what we do in any given circumstance.  According to Wikipedia, motivation “gives the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa.”  Many times, I have asked myself, what is my motivation whenever I am trying something new, would like to accomplish a goal, or wondering why I am even attempting to do something different.

I am sure we all have those moments in time when it is more challenging to find motivation than other times. I have found that the following 10 steps have helped me get motivated and perhaps can help you at some point as well.praying-1713281_640

How to find motivation…

  1. Take a moment to just sit still, relax, and meditate.

  2. Reflect on what you have already accomplished.

  3. Think about what you would like to accomplish next.

  4. Make a list of short-term goals.

  5. Make a list of long-term goals.

  6. Listen to some soft instrumental music, nature sounds, and/or worship songs.

  7. PRAY. 

  8. Read the Bible.

  9. Speak Life, saying what you can and will do.

  10. Repeat as much as necessary.

These are just my personal 10 steps that I find motivating in determining my motivation many times in life.  These 10 steps are suggestive and what has worked for me personally in the past.  I am not a doctor, scientist, theologian, or any type of guru, but I just want to share what helps me in my times of needing to find my motivation. I hope it will help someone else.

7 Reasons to Work Out in the Morning

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And the reason I chose the number 7…

As a woman of faith, It is essential that I pray before I do anything.  When I began thinking about why I like to work out in the morning, I wanted to provide a substantial amount of reasons.  I know that in the Bible, the number 7 represents the number of completion.  As an advocate for healthy living, I’d like to feel “complete” in all I do each day.  Therefore, I chose to list 7 reasons it is so nice to work out in the morning.

1. Your work out is done for the day

Yes!  You did it, just like that, and now you don’t have to think about whether or not you will get in your daily workout.  When you get off of work, you can go ahead and focus on other things that you need to do or you can just relax.  If you have children, you can help with homework, take them to their activities, fix dinner, bath, etc. without having to feel as if you just “can’t make it to the gym” because of so many things that need to get done.  Even if you do not have children, there are always things that need to get done, homework, activities, fix dinner, bath, etc. 🙂  Now that you have done your work out, the possibilities of getting everything else done is even more achievable.

2. You have more energy throughout the day

Whenever I work out in the morning, I have more energy throughout the day!  According to Dr. Cedric X. Bryant, PhD Chief Exercise Physiologist of the American Council on Exercise, “You set the day’s pace.”  I don’t know about you, but for me, if I start my day off feeling good and full of energy, the rest of my day tends to go extremely better, even with daily setbacks, frustrations, or disappointments.  I notice that my energy level tends to stay up for much longer whenever I work out in the morning.

3. You can deal with daily stress much better

Just like having more energy throughout the day, whenever I work out in the morning, I am able to handle daily stress much better.  I’m not sure if it’s just the thought that I know that at least I accomplished one thing I set out to do that day, or if it’s the endorphins that have been released.  Either way, I just know that I can deal with so much more when I exercise in the morning.

4. You have a sense of accomplishment that stays with you

It feels good to know that you have accomplished something that you have set out to do.  When you work out in the morning, you have that “feel good” sense all day.  Right along with dealing with stress much better, having a sense of accomplishment does wonders for your work day and for your life in general.  Accomplishments lead to confidence.  If you are feeling confident in one area of your life, it tends to spill over to multiple areas.

5. Morning exercise improves sleep

Now, I will admit, I do love my evening workouts too, however, I do find it more difficult to settle down and fall asleep after a hardcore kickboxing class or dance party.  Dr. Bryant found in a research that “the evening exercisers had more trouble falling asleep.”  We all know the importance of a good night’s sleep.  There are also studies that show that lack of sleep can cause weight gain.

6. You tend to make healthier choices throughout the day

When I work out in the morning, I know that I need to fuel my body with healthy food, therefore I eat a healthy breakfast after I come from the gym.   I also tend to eat better in general on those days.  Perhaps knowing that I have started off on the right track, I want to stay on that track, more so than on days when I did not begin with a work out in the morning.

7. Working out in the morning enhances brain function

Exercise any time of the day enhances brain function, however, doing it in the morning increases your ability to perform better with your daily activities. You ever notice how much more clearer things become and how well you perform in other areas of your life after you have exercised?  Well, just think of how much more you will accomplish if you get these juices flowing first thing in the morning.

In conclusion,  exercise is of course a vital part of healthy living and should be done on a regular basis to live better, be healthier, and improve your overall well-being.  Consider these 7 reasons to work out in the morning.  Your mind, body, and soul will thank you!