As I've been getting settled into my new apartment, I've been trying to create mindful habits to cultivate rest. I've been getting in a routine of making a cup of tea with honey, putting on my essential oil diffuser, lighting a few candles, and reading some of my favorite books.
Self-care is so important, and purposefully setting time aside to care for yourself is an act of self-love.
When I was in college, I took a class about sleep and the importance of rest, and it really inspired me to be more mindful about creating healthy sleep patterns. It’s so easy to just throw on a movie or scroll through your phone when you get into bed at night, or reach for your phone right away in the morning. I can honestly say that on the nights I am not on my phone for about 30 minutes before I go to bed that I get a better night of sleep. Blue light from computer or phone screens makes your brain think that it’s day time, time to be alert, which can definitely disrupt your sleep schedule. Also I have found that when I wake up, turn off my alarm, and I don’t directly check social media but instead light a candle or journal for a few minutes, I always have a more positive day.
Right before I go to bed, I also have been taking 2 Beauty Sleep gummies by Olly Nutrition. They are even a certified B Corp! These gummies have honestly helped me get a better night of sleep, and I wake up feeling refreshed and ready for more days spent creating. Their melatonin gummies are made with L-Theanine and botanicals like chamomile and lemon balm. These gummies are an important part of my night time routine — as they also encourage a calm feeling, and support a healthy sleep cycle.
This post is sponsored by Olly Nutrition, but as always, all opinions are my own.