Getting in the Groove
Post Labor Day Weekend brings all the feels. Not only does it mark the end of an fun-filled summer, it signifies the start of real life once again! There are so many little things we can do to help ourselves find that routine again. Most I am sure you have heard, while others may be brand new. Let’s take a look at the basics first:
When you first wake up…
Pause before you reach for your phone.
Although it can be tempting to immediately check emails or find out what’s happening on instagram, it’s best to wait. Take these moments to meditate or bask in the quiet instead (even if only for a minute)!
Drink 16-32 oz. of water.
As we sleep, our bodies sweat and lose fluids. You’ve just spent how many consecutive hours (hopefully at least 6!) without drinking anything; your body is definitely looking for some water. Simply fill up a glass or reusable bottle the night before and leave it next to your bed. This way, it’s ready for you in the AM.
In the afternoon, when you feel that dip in energy…
Take a walk for a minute or a few - anything to get you moving.
This keeps the mind alert, rather than dozing off or getting distracted. If you can somehow squeeze in a workout, even better.
Shake up your schedule a bit!
Changing your regular routine around can keep your mind on it’s toes, so you won’t find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Instagram.
When you are winding down at night…
Try to get into the same bedtime routine.
Doing the same, relaxing things each night let’s your body know it’s time to rest. Lavender essential oil is wonderful for relaxation. You can diffuse it in your room, apply to your skin (make sure to test it beforehand for reactions) or even your pillowcase.
Step away from all screens at least 30 minutes (if not more!) before you get some shut eye.
The blue light emitted from TVs, laptops and phones disrupts your body’s production of melatonin, the chemical associated with deep sleep. It’s helpful to set up the “sleep mode” on your phone for each night, but avoiding it all together is best.
Read, write or meditate to decompress.
Our brains tend to be overloaded from processing so much throughout the day. Getting down all of the free floating thoughts in your head can help you wind down.
Now that we have the very basic tips out of the way, I want to give you something more than can really amplify your personal routine. Have you ever noticed that maybe you thrive best in the evening and your friends or family say the opposite? Or can they can relate? The reasoning is actually fascinating.
Each of us have what is known as a circadian rhythm. You can think of it as an internal clock that helps to regulate sleep patterns, which is vital for any and all processes in the body. Associated with this as well is melatonin production, that hormone we mentioned earlier! Just as we are all uniquely different, our circadian rhythms differ for many reasons. The cool thing is that Dr. Michael Breus, sleep expert and author of The Power of When, figured out four main chronotypes the general population falls into. Business Insider put together this amazing infographic that gives you an ideal routine based upon which category you fall into:
Want to figure out what your chronotype is? Take the quiz and find out! It’s an amazing tool to help us get further in touch with ourselves and one that I recommend, 10/10. Once you start incorporating this into your daily routine, you will begin to see amazing results! And will most definitely get back into the groove.