Welcome to the fourth week of our 'Summer of Self-Love' project
Each week throughout the summer, I'll be giving you one suggestion of something to do to enrich either your mind, body or soul.
I'm sharing a weekly video on our Facebook page each Monday, with that week's idea.
However, I don't like watching videos, so in case anyone else feels the same way (which is basically 'Why can't I just read it?'), each Wednesday, I'll be doing a blog post like this, one, where you can either read what to do, or watch the video (just scroll down).
Get More Sleep
Welcome to week 4 of 'Your Summer Of Self-Love'. We've done body, we've done mind, we've done soul. Let's do them all again! This week is all about sleep. That most precious, and for many of us elusive, of things.
It is recommended time and again that a healthy night's sleep is between 7 and 9 hours, so this week, aim to get a solid 8 hours of sleep on as many nights in the week as you can.
Now, there are times in our lives when how much sleep we can manage to grab is outside of our control, so, if you've got a baby, or something else going on that means you are going to laugh in my face at the very idea of sleep, keep this one as something to focus on when you're able to.
Often, we fall into a pattern of staying up late – the time we get up is usually pretty fixed , it tends to be the end of the day that we have more control over, so try to plan at least one evening where you can go to bed nice and early.
I personally don't subscribe to the idea that there is something morally virtuous about getting up early, so if you ARE able to lie–in to get your 8 hours, do it! This is your self-love programme. If, this week, you need to inconvenience someone else to get to do this, then so be it.
If, like me, you have insomnia, then obviously, this is going to be tough to achieve. I am used to not going to bed until I feel really, really tired – when I think I will definitely be able to fall asleep. And then I lie there with all of the thoughts rushing through my brain, totally unable to nod off, and actually more likely to be building anxiety instead.
If that sounds like you, I have a tip from my yoga class (thank you Mandy) for a breathing exercise to help you to get to sleep.
Breath in for a count of 4
Hold your breath for a count of 7
Breathe out for a count of 8
and repeat and repeat and repeat, until you're at least feeling calm, if not actually sleeping.
Grab as many great nights' sleep as you can this week. If it's none, it's none, if it's one, that was all we were looking for, if it's 7, I want your life!
Let me know how you get on and I'll see you next week.