Self-love and self-care are my community themes this month. After all, February is all about love, right!?! The most important relationship we have is the one with ourselves. This month, I’m going to share self-love and self-care tips to help you remember your magnificence!

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Today, we’re talking about sleeping your way to wellness. Sleep is SO important.

We think that all the exhaustion is the price of success – this is bull crap! Here’s a video I recorded on the topic.

A study conducted at Harvard Medical School found that people who got more sleep than the bare minimum they needed increased the volume of gray matter in their brains, which is linked to improved psychological health.
One small steps this week to help shift from success to truly thriving in life  is to get 30 additional minutes of sleep daily.

Identify two to three sleep routines that will help you reach your goal, and practice them – starting tonight if you can!

Here are some of Arianna Huffington’s bedtime routines:

Set an alarm before your bedtime every night to warn you to start winding down.
Set a bedtime routine and stick to it.
Gradually dim all the lights in your house up to an hour or two before bedtime.
Banish all screens from your bedroom.
Do not check your phone for at least a half-hour before bedtime.
Have a nice hot bath with Epsom salts.
Put on PJs rather than going to bed in gym clothes.
Avoid caffeine after 2 p.m.

Some other routines to get more sleep include:

1. Take a nap! Researchers have found that even short naps can help. There are lots of famous nappers through history including: Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and more.

2. Count backwards from 100 or 300. Counting backwards from 300 by threes can work wonders.

3. If you have a traditional alarm clock in your room, cover the lights so you don’t have any lighting in your room and you aren’t tempted to see what time it is and think about what you have to do.

4. Let your contacts, followers, friends, and family know your commitment to get more sleep. With others looking out for you and ensuring you aren’t on social media at midnight,  it’s another way you can be accountable to yourself.

5. Avoid alcohol right before bedtime to give the body time to metabolize it.

6. Get a new pillow and a new pillowcase.

7. Keep your bedroom cool.

8. Practice deep breathing before bed.

9. Exercise or at least walk every day.

It’s your turn: What are your tips to getting enough rest? How much sleep does your body need each night? Please comment below!

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