How do you feel after waking up from a good night’s sleep? Energized and ready to conquer the world (or at least dive whole-heartedly into whatever the day might bring)?
It’s not just you. Research shows that sleep is highly linked to our overall happiness. A good night's sleep reduces stress levels and can leave us feeling alert and centered. Doesn't that sound nice?
Today, we invite you to catch some shut-eye. Whether that’s grabbing a power nap in the afternoon, or soaking up a full eight hours this evening.
Having trouble catching some Zzzs? Here are some ideas...
Value your rest! Shifting your mindset about the importance of sleep (right up there with exercise and eating well) can help you prioritize it.
Practice a digital sunset. Turn off the news, and tuck technology away, an hour or so before bed. Looking to unwind? Break out your favorite book instead.
Consistency—go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
Eat and exercise (and consume any caffeine) early in the day.
Make a plan for the day ahead. Looking to jump into a workout? Gather your clothes the night before. Hoping to journal? Lay everything out on your bedside table.
Meditate. Insight Timer is a free app with meditations geared towards unwinding before bed. Why not give it a try?
After you awake, check-in with yourself. How do you feel? (Hopefully refreshed!) Let us know using @valomaine. We’re curious!
If you come along and post a photo and tag @valomaine on Instagram or Facebook, we'll enter you in a raffle to win a prize--like a gift card from our friends at Rosemont Market & Bakery or a year-long subscription from the good folks at Taproot Magazine.
Ready to dive in?
Each evening of valo at home, we'll be sharing an email with the next day's spark of valo inspiration. Simply click here to share your email, and we'll make sure you're looped in! You can also forward this post to a friend and invite them to come along. The more the merrier.