5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Body and Mind

Ever since having children, I’ve struggled to get a good night sleep. That little mom bug in my ear always keeps me on high alert listening for my children. Not to mention my mind going 90 to nothing as soon as my head hits the pillow. But, believe it or not, I’ve been able to create a consistent nighttime routine that has helped me tremendously. I love using essential oils as a natural way to relax, but it’s also important to focus on habits. Let’s talk about 5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Body and Mind.  

5 Ways to Relax your Body and Mind

Relaxing your mind is probably the most important thing you can do before bedtime to guarantee rejuvenating sleep. A busy, stressed or stimulated mind will never quiet down enough to allow you to drift away.

5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Body and Mind

1. Make Exercise a Part of Your Regular Routine

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  • Be sure to finish your workout at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Regular exercise helps reduce stress and will naturally help your body relax to prepare for recovery.
  • Try a balance of cardio and weight lifting, do yoga or pilates for maximum benefit.
  • Taking a brisk walk with your pets or family is a great way to ensure daily exercise.

2. Say NO to Smart Devices at Night

Turn off Smart Devices

  • Turn off smart devices 45 minutes – 1 hour before bedtime.
  • Studies have proven that the bright light from smart devices can have a negative impact on sleep.
  • Using a smart device to play games or search social media is stimulating to the mind, which can also disrupt sleep.
  • Leave your phone/tablet in another room when you turn in for the night.

3. Don’t Drink Alcohol Before Bed

Say No to Alcohol Before Bed

  • Although alcohol may make you feel sleepy, it reduces rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
  • Studies have proven that alcohol disrupts sleep, especially half-way through the night.
  • Having a single glass of red wine with dinner shouldn’t have a negative impact, but if you carry on drinking between dinner and bedtime, you may be restless throughout the night.

4. Create a Relaxing Nightime Routine

Relaxing Night time Routine

  • Something as simple as brushing your teeth, taking a shower/washing your face and applying lotion before bed can be familiar enough to get your body and mind prepared for sleep.
  • Get into the habit of reading a book for 20-30 minutes before you sleep to help your mind drift away from that “to do” list.

5. Use and Diffuse Essential Oil

Diffuse Essential Oils

Diffuser Blends for Rest and Relaxation

Final Thoughts

Getting a good night sleep is important for your mental and physical health. From making good decisions throughout the day by getting regular exercise to creating a comforting night time routine, your choices matter. Say no to that extra glass of wine before bed and if you must have your smart device in hand at all times, turn the light down. Try incorporating essential oils into your bedtime regimen to relax and soothe your mind and body. Sleep well! šŸ™‚

Nicole

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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Nicole is the owner, primary blogger and copy editor of Organic Sunshine. She has a passion for healthy, natural living and hopes to encourage others to live a similar lifestyle. Nicole has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration and over 10 years of experience working in Cancer Research. She's also an experienced content writer, producing high quality articles on a variety of topics for many online publications.

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  1. Great post! I struggle with getting my mind to relax before bed. I keep telling my husband not to be on his phone before bed but he doesn’t listen. Good to know about alcohol and REM too. Not that I’m drinking wine every night lol, but every once in a while I figure it relaxes me to get to sleep but I’ll need to stop thinking that. Thanks for all the great info. šŸ™‚

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Mary Ellen. I enjoy my nightly glass of wine, but once I realized it could be disrupting my sleep patterns, I made a conscious effort to cut back. Using smart devices is so common these days! Maybe you can convince your hubby to turn the light on his phone down or switch it over to night mode at least. Better yet, make him leave the phone in another room! šŸ˜‰

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  2. With a hubby who loves to watch TV in bed late at night wearing a sleep mask has been very helpful to me and lavender essential oil is my favorite relaxation aids. I am so delighted that you shared 5 Simple Ways to Relax Your Body and Mind at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party. Thank you so much for sharing your gems and for your support! I’m Pinning and sharing All the best, Deborah

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    • Thanks so much Deborah! I can’t live without my lavender essential oil. I think I need a sleep mask myself. That’s a great suggestion!

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  3. LOVE this post, Nicole! And also the strategic use of Grumpy Cat. ^_^

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    • LOL! I was hoping someone would comment on the grumpy cat. He (or is it she) cracks me up every time! šŸ™‚

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  4. I love the post! I was in need of this. It’s been weeks I haven’t had a good night sleep. Iā€™m definitely trying all of these, especially the fourth one: creating a relaxing night time routine, because I’m always thinking of what I have to do on the next day, creating mental to-do lists, and I guess that’s what is affecting me the most. Thank you so much for the tips! Love the blog!

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    • Thanks so much Janet! I’m really happy you found the tips helpful. A night time routine is the most important thing I do, honestly. I brush my teeth, turn on my diffuser and apply lotion at bedtime. It helps shift my mind from all the things on my “to do” list. I find it helpful to read at bedtime too. I usually fall asleep! Good luck to you. šŸ™‚

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