This is Lesson 2 of my Holistic Balance E-Course. Yesterday, we focused on the mind and learning to control our limiting beliefs. Today, our focus is on the body and the importance of sleep.
One of the most important things you can do for your body (and mind actually) is to get the proper amount of sleep (at least 7-8 hours). Now, I know from experience that this might seem impossible since I was the kind of person who would leave sleeping as a last priority because it felt like a waste of time. There were just too many things to do! What I have learned, however, is that when you nurture your body in this simple way, by giving it the sleep it needs, it will perform better for you, and you will get the same amount of things done, if not more, in less time as a result.
The Importance of Sleep
We often treat our bodies with disrespect. We are hard on our bodies, yet expect them to perform perfectly. Our bodies need nurturing. They are the vessels that carry us through life, and if we don’t take care of them, our lives will suffer because of it.
When we don’t get the sleep we need, we often feel fatigued (go figure), agitated, cloudy in our minds, anxious, and the list goes on. When we get the sleep we need, we feel refreshed, we can think clearer, we handle difficult and frustrating situations better, and we have more energy. With all of that going for us, we attract more positive things to us, rather than negative things, and when all is said and done, we accomplish the same amount of tasks but with much more ease and enjoyment.
Exercises for the Importance of Sleep
Make a commitment to yourself to give your body the rest it needs.
- Figure out what time you will need to go to sleep in order to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep and make a commitment to your body that you will go to bed at that time each night this week.
Pull out a journal and note the primary feelings you have been experiencing the last week or so.
- Have you been tired?
- Have you been constantly agitated?
- Has your mind felt cloudy?
- Note how much sleep you have been getting.
- Then, after you get 7-8 hours of sleep each night this week, go back to your journal and note how you have felt different. This process is important because we often easily forget how badly we felt once we are feeling good. This way, we can look back and see how much of a difference it made.
Another benefit that we get from our sleep are our dreams. Dreams provide important information for us to use in our lives, so let’s take note of them.
- Notice if you remember your dreams more easily once you get the proper amount of sleep.
- You might want to keep a journal next to your bed to record your dreams right when you wake up.
Additional Resources for Sleep
Sleep Smarter Book – This is a great book that provides easy tips and tricks through a 14-Day Sleep Makeover. You’ll learn how to create the ideal sleep sanctuary, how to hack sunlight to regulate your circadian rhythms, which clinically proven sleep nutrients and supplements you need, and stress-reduction exercises and fitness tips to keep you mentally and physically sharp.
New Chapter Sleep Aid – I love this natural herbal supplement for sleep. Instead of sleeping pills that mess with your health, this solution provides nutritional support that balances the body and prepares it for healthy sleep.
Lesson 3 of this e-course focuses on the soul and you will receive it tomorrow. If you missed lesson 1, click here to sign up for the e-course and you’ll receive it right away.
Have a holistic day!
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