It’s 23:45, you are propped up in bed with two pillows, a peppermint tea and you’re rattling away on your laptop; trying to clear the backlog of emails, finish off that report for work or trying to type out that last of that blog post.
It’s a regular scenario for me. Most evenings, you’ll easily find me camped out on the sofa or in my bed tapping away on my laptop. I work a full time job and work on my blog most nights until around midnight, to be up again at 7am the next day for another day of working in the world of programme management. You think I would be exhausted; ready to welcome sleep but a lot of the time, it’s a different story
I had an email pop in my inbox a few weeks ago from Casper challenging me to see what keeps me up at night. Was it anxiety? Temperature? The Sunday night feeling?
It was pretty simple when it came down to it.
I’m a person who suffers with the lack of sleep because of a busy brain. My brain is constantly on the go and I usually only ever switch off when it comes to me being exhausted, ill or just down right broken. I’m known to hibernate over a weekend; not get out of my pyjamas and just sleep to try and catch up from the weeks before. It’s something I’m trying more and more to change about myself and I’m trying through these few tips.
This is probably the worst one for me and I really struggle with it. Unless I’m having the night off, watching Netflix and hiding under a blanket, I tend to either have my laptop or phone with me and plotting away on it. I’m either working or mindlessly scrolling through social media; both that are habits I need to get out of. So, I try and keep my phone and laptop away at 10pm at the latest to empty my mind and switch off from the day.
WRITE A TO DO LIST
I’m terrible for keeping things in my head; my to-do list is always jumbled up in my brain with a mix of thoughts, and it’s very common I get the last minute panic of, I did not get this done. I’m trying to get in a habit of writing down everything I need to do for the next day when I turn off my technology for the night. Whether it’s work, blog, wedding or anything else related, if I write it down I don’t have to worry I’m going to forget it in that busy mind of mine!
ONE ACT OF SELF CARE
I love self care and I will always feel a million times better for a bit of self care. Am I good at practising what I preach? Not all of the time. Whether it’s being kinder to myself, giving myself that feel good boost, painting my nails, a long hot bath or even an hour off to watch Greys Anatomy – I’m trying to do one act of self care every day. Going to bed feeling that little bit more positive and refreshed goes a long way when that 6:45 alarm hits!
Following these tips, I’m slowly starting to feel that my mind is getting less busy and I’m getting to sleep a lot easier. If anyone has any other tips, hit a girl up!