We ended up relocating (as many of you will know), so this wasn’t a small move for us We decided to relocate back to Derbyshire, where I personally grew up in the countryside! In this decision, we also chose to buy an older property, where it needed a lot of work. We felt this was a better option to a newer property, having weighed up the benefits for nature. It did mean that we were in for the long run & some very late nights however! We’ve been lucky in part, where we’ve managed to save money by uncovering wooden floors under old carpet. We live very minimally, so once the work has been done, we aren’t big tech folk, so we have lots of house plants & upcycled bits & bobs.
Turn off your phone
It may sound simple, but I am seriously guilty for this myself. I work solidly all day & even when I ‘relax’, I flick through social media or look at the news!
The bedroom should be for sleeping & intimacy, so try turning your phone off, keep it away from your bedside & cut down on the box sets late into the night
The emails can wait, and you really can do without binging, for one night!
Control your light & keep the temperature cool
If you are like me, you’ll fall asleep on a moving bus, but, even I struggle in the summer to sleep.
The recent hot weather has made it hard for the soundest of sleepers. Make sure your room is kept cool. Open a window or two & change the 13 tog to a sheet! Blackout blinds are also a dream.
So, if your windows face the morning sun, make sure you have those blinds tucked well into the wall
Shower or bathe before Bed & Try to get into a routine
Try to take a bath or shower two hours before getting into bed.
Your temperature can cool enough to leave you having that ‘fresh sheet feeling’.
If you add lavender bubble bath or Epsom salts, it can be a great way to pamper yourself with a book or music to reflect on your day, week or the last few hours in a calm & relaxing way. It may feel like you’re becoming a child again, but Mum & Dad knew best with a book & bed early on.
Your body gets used to switching off, if you add the same routine into your evenings. Sure, have the odd night or two going crazy, but as a general rule of thumb, it’s best to keep things in a pattern & steady for a good nights sleep
Go for a walk & limit your caffeine intake
Before winding down, if I get time, I always like to try a do a brief light walk.
It may only be around the block, but the light exercise drags you away from the TV, phone or computer & it allows you to get in a good headspace for the remainder of the evening. I have also switched to de-caf tea in the evenings.
I still get that warm, soothing drink, but I am not keeping my mind active late at night.
Create a calm atmosphere
I have started to use sleep spray.
I don’t know if it’s phycological for all you sceptics out there, but it certainly works for me, anyway.
I tend to spray the pillows lightly which adds a calming aromatherapy smell in the evening.
Even my partner enjoys the smell & says he finds it relaxing! If the day has been particularly stressful, I also turn on calming music to get myself away from my thoughts and help me find that piece of calm between sleep and awake
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It is within us to change & we hold the power to do so, for our future, for our planet, for our children, for nature.
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“I am making this move… because, as we all know, the world is in trouble,” he said in his first video message on the social media platform.
“Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying… The list goes on and on,” he continued.
Within an hour of his first post, he had more than 200,000 followers, and by 16:15 BST he had 1.2m followers!! Let’s hope more people start listening now
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