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I look forward to the day I can lay around in my pyjamas and relax - and then it never happens.
If we're being honest, I actually suffer from a sleep disorder. I think a lot of people do and go through life undiagnosed. I have suffered from night terrors and sleep disruption, funnily enough, ever since I started working and stress became apparent. Most nights, I never actually fall into a deep sleep. My GP is not really helpful as it's considered psychological and a therapist is just not something I can afford at £80 an hour.
Instead? I'm doing what I can by myself, slowly. Leaving full-time employment was a step towards this. Stress affects most of us in different ways but is something that can really take over. I've put a few pointers below of what I am doing everyday to help relieve stress, anxiety to lead towards a good night's sleep. Hope they might help other people having similar problems!
- Investing in a few key products: I've been using This Works Pillow Spray and Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate - the lavender is calming and helps you relax. Before I put the oil on my face, I close my eyes and breathe it in.
- Downloading the Headpace App - Red Magazine are recommending everyone does 10 minutes meditation a day - it helps your mind focus, relaxes you and helps destress. There are also sites like Yoga Glo and Gaiam Tv where you can do yoga and relaxation classes online.
- Taking a lunchbreak. Now I'm out on appointments more, I can't make my lunch, but I make sure I eat somewhere I can sit down and gather my thoughts, rather than grab and go. It's a little treat I really appreciate myself, too!
- Not work on weekends. This is something, since starting my blog, I've never done - I've always had to work pretty much 7 days. Sometimes, I do have to work weekends, so where I can, I'll take a day off in the week and not feel guilty about it. I must admit, this one is definitely a work in progress - setting yourself up freelance involves being 'all in' but I am slowly teaching myself to let go...
- Making my sleep space work for me. I don't have particularly noisy neighbours, but London living means I hear other people and I go to sleep with anxiety of the 'anticipation' of noise. Our loft conversion will be completed in just a few weeks, and we're hoping to move up there, free from noise and keeping it clutter-free and somewhere I can associate with relaxation.
Do you ever suffer from stress and anxiety? How do you overcome it?