How often do you take the time to do the little things that make you feel calm, happy and content before bed? These things can include reading your favourite book, drinking herbal tea or doing meditation.
It seems we lose sight of the things that ultimately seem to bring us a lot of joy, and it comes down to what we prioritise to be important.
So, the next time you feel yourself getting anxious when you think about everything you need to do for work the next day, or, you're having trouble switching off before sleep, allow yourself to try and test the below simple, yet effective ways you can settle down and ease into your sleep.
Create the space
Eliminate any unnecessary lights from your bedroom, and try to stay off any devices half an hour before you’re jumping into bed. When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, it’s important to set the tone so your bedroom looks dark, cosy and inviting for a better night’s sleep. It might also be a good idea to invest in dark, block-out curtains or shutters.
Set the mood
Once you’ve toned down the light and turned off the devices, you want to include some calming scents and sounds. Opt for a natural soy wax candle infused with essential oils to help calm your nerves and promote ultimate relaxation. Natural soy candles are not only beneficial for ultimate chill vibes, but they are also good for the environment - Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource. We love the Wax Movement soy wax candles with essential oils, as they’re an alternative way to scent your space naturally.
Playing some calming music can help you get in the drifting state, and according to science, the below songs are the best to listen to help you get to sleep.
- “Weightless” by Marconi Union.
- “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy.
- “Canzonetta Sul-aria” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- “Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2” by Frederic Chopin.
- “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel.
Write down your worries
If you have lots of things going through your head, it may help to write everything down in a journal or notepad. If you’re anxious about something in particular, write down “the worst possible outcome” and “the best possible outcome” - divvy up and write everything out. You will be very surprised when you realise that the worst possible outcome, is never really that bad.
Meditation is commonly spoken about because it has so many incredible benefits, and can be one of the best ways to calm your nerves. Mediation can be a form of relaxation for anxiety and so incorporating a bedtime meditation into your regime can help to reduce stress, control anxiety and encourage mindfulness.
Learn about Transcendental Meditation here.