Monday, 9 October 2017

5 things that help you go to sleep with a clear mind

Happy Monday & start to a new week!

Working full time means my weekends tend to fly past me in the blink of an eye. How can 2 days in the working week feel like forever yet two days on a weekend goes so quickly?!

Recently I have been putting in extra effort in waking up earlier in the mornings before work to give myself time to enjoy my breakfast and coffee before I have to rush out of the door and since doing this I have noticed such a difference in forgetting things, stress and general organisation in the morning.
In this doing nothing but benefiting my morning routine I have put in place a task for myself in doing the same thing in the evenings and clearing my mind as much as I can before going to sleep. Now this is harder than it looks and something I tend to struggle with. Before I know it I'm laying on top of my covers with my makeup still on and I've been scrolling instagram, facebook, instagram, snapchat, instagram, instagram for an hour +.

So I have put together some things I believe you will benefit from clearing your mind before you end your day.



1. They say 'clear environment = a clear mind'. Now I tend to struggle with this one and I'd like to think I am getting better as it's crazy how much a clean room can make you feel more relaxed and is just generally so much more inviting. My favourite is lighting a good candle and turning on my fairy lights as it automatically makes the room more cosy.

2. Turning off your phone/ staying off social media. I believe this is so important for at least the last 30 minutes of your day. I know I always feel more tired and relaxed if I am off of electronics before bed. Social media can be great but it can also be so unhealthy and going to bed not worrying about what anyone else is doing but yourself is the best thing you can do.

3. Reading a good book. I read everyday on the train to and from work yet never so much in the evenings. I want to say I don't know why I don't reach for my book more but I already know the answer, I automatically reach for my phone or Netflix. Even reading a couple of pages before bed will generally always make your eyes that little heavier helping you to drift off.


4. A cup of herbal tea. I am a massive tea fan, I own way to many teas (if that's possible) but I cannot go without my cup of tea at night. I try to steer away from any tea with caffine in it before bed but I large cup of herbal tea calms me and makes it that little easier to drift off. My go to is generally peppermint but you can never go wrong with trying different types out. I know a lot of brands now offer really good 'sleep' teas to help relax you before bed.

5. Writing your thoughts down. Now this is something that a lot of people have heard that it benefits you but I believe it's one of those things we say we'll do more and then only get to a handful of times. Writing your thoughts down at the end of your day is so beneficial when it comes to helping clear your mind. Night time is usually the time where a lot of our overthinking is done. Writing it down is a way of getting things off your chest and essentially saying goodbye to those thoughts, whether those be frustration, sadness, anger or even embracing the good things about your day.


goodnight!


I would love to hear what helps you clear your mind before bed.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend x x x

Lots of Love,

40 comments:

  1. I do almost of all of these things and they really do help. I think switching off your phone is a big one! Lovely photos- so cute and cozy

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    1. yes! turning my phone off is one that I'm starting to do more often, it's just like a habit that needs to be broken x

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  2. Hi! Great post and I love your photos!
    Can you follow me? I follow you. ;)

    Have a lovely day!
    Tsukiakari from murasakiiroanu.blogspot.com

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  3. I also read some but if a book can't help me rest at night, I tend to say a little prayer. Works like a charm every single time. :)

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  4. 4 and 5 helps me but I really need to try number 1.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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    1. definitely do! I can struggle keeping my room clean and clear after coming home from work, most days I just want to flop on the bed and do nothing but I am always happy I did it once it's all clean x

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  5. "clear environment"--so true!!
    x Cory www.coffeespoonsblog.com

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  6. Herbal tea helps me a lot and also lavender oil, it's amazing for relaxing body and mind :)

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. I haven't ever tried lavender oil! I'm definitely going to have to pick some up x

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    1. thanks lovely! I think they're my favourite x

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  8. Love this post! I think sleep is one thing that a lot of people struggle with. My favorite way to wind down and help myself relieve tension is meditation. A 10-15 minute session usually works for me but there are longer ones on Youtube for more troubled sleepers. It really helps get rid of unwanted thoughts and stress! Thank you for all the tips! Followed on bloglovin'.

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    1. I have recently just downloaded the app head space and I am definitely not too experienced in meditating yet but it helps you so much to just stop, which I think is something a lot of us struggle with x

      thanks for the lovely comment x

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  9. These tips are great! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Great tips! I've been waking up earlier on certain mornings to get my workout in before work so it's done for the day and it's the most amazing feeling! Because otherwise I'm rushing out the door, and still need to work out at the end of the day.
    Green Fashionista

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    1. yes it really is hey! It's starting to get brighter in the mornings here in Aus so I'll definitely be (trying) to utilise the mornings for a walk/run! x

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  11. these are such helpful tips
    I definitely need to wake up earlier too
    and btw, these are such lovely photos

    <3
    The Sweetest Escape

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  12. Cute post.
    xo

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  13. Good tips! I always have trouble with sleep

    Xoxo,Khloe
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  14. I think reading a book before going to sleep is the best way to shut off and I have started drinking Yorkshire Tea bedtime brew it's amazing!

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  15. It relaxes me if I am drinking a herbal tea. Something good also if we put away the gadgets and electronics devices.

    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

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  16. These are such great trips!!! Thanks love

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

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    1. thank you lovely, I'm glad you liked them x

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  17. Great post! you look so nice dear!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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  18. Staying away from socila media is a must, before going to sleep. Great tips.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  19. Thank you for the great tips and reminders :) A super clean room and off screen time before sleep works like a charm with me :)
    Stella
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  20. Such a great post!
    I'm loving your blog atm hun <3

    Kate x
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  21. Looking like such a cloud nine dream gorgeous girl! I'm loving all your transfixing fairy lights and cosy vibes, so much heaven happening here :) These tips are so well thought out and helpful, I'm literally the worst at switching off and getting a good nights sleep so I totally need to take heed to these. Like you I often find myself reaching for my phone and lately I've been trying to put social media down and pick up my book more. I love the idea of herbal teas and writing your thoughts down, and you're so right about a clean room and candles, definitely helps make you feel more refreshed and relaxed <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  22. I definitely find reading a book before bed helps me to relax and calm my mind. I've also started using Lush's Twilight sleep spray and man, that does wonders.

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