What is an affirmation? It is a statement that you say to yourself in the present tense, in a positive way to help your mind reframe the way it thinks and help you have a positive outlook on the day. Start in the morning and repeat this to yourself throughout the day. If you want to, you can even write it down in a journal or notebook.
It is important to focus on the positive, so if you are feeling irritable and snappy, rather than saying "I am less irritable and snappy" you want to say "I am calm and patient" so your brain focuses on those positive attributes and you become it.
Throughout this next week I am going to be encouraging you to share parts of the tasks in the chat page in the members area. The reason I do this is so we hold each other accountable and we can support each other. There are numerous studies that prove that feeling part of a community helps improve how you feel. There are numerous studies to show that by doing something or saying something nice to another person actually makes you feel happier. So feel free to get chatty in the group!
Please share your affirmation with us. There is no judgement at all, only love and support and remember, you cant be wrong.
Go to bed 5 minutes earlier than usual
Sleep is quite possibly the most underestimated and abused healer available to us and IT’S FREE!
It is absolutelynecessary for us to sleep and it should be a priority. I bet most of us see it as something that we need to do, but only after other obligations have been completed. There is a huge stigma attached to sleep (which luckily seems to be disappearing) that sleep is for the weak. I'm sure we have all heard people say, "Sleep when you're dead" - well if you carry on like that it wont be long until you are having a very long sleep then!
Your body literally repairs itself when you sleep, our mind sorts out any emotional charge related to memories or things that have happened in the day, our immune system relies on good quality sleep and so much more
Sleep needs to be seen as an investment for tomorrow, you will be more productive tomorrow if you prioritise sleep today.
There are many things that you can do to improve your sleep such as:
Avoid caffeine after midday
Avoid alcohol before bed (it is a sedative, so you may go to sleep but your body isn’t actually resting and repairing, it is knocked out!)
Turn screens off an hour before bed
Use dim lights for a few hours before you plan to go to bed
Take part in calming activities - meditation, reading, puzzles, chatting with loved ones etc
Avoid eating 2 hours before bed
Another trick that can help you get more sleep is to get ready for bed an hour or two before you actually plan to go to bed. So get pjs on, brush teeth, remove makeup, wash face, take out contact lenses etc. So when you actually want to go to bed, that is literally all you have to do! I have started to do this when my kids go to bed, I get ready for bed too. This also stops me from eating late night snacks and drinks because I have already brushed my teeth.
Pop a note in the chat in the morning and let us know if you managed to do this. Is it something you think you can manage each night?