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6 Healthy Things You Do Before Bedtime To Make Your Morning Awesome!

6 Healthy Things You Do Before Bedtime To Make Your Morning Awesome!

I remember the days when waking up at noon was completely okay.  I had no responsibilities whatsoever, and time felt like it simply dragged on and on.  At this point in my life, I no longer have the luxury of being able to sleep until my body simply had to get up and going.  With  children, a business, and a blog, I have quickly learned that time waits for no one.

My ability to get up in the morning and to function effectively is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Creating a healthier bedtime routine allows me to have a great morning, which only results in a more productive day.

These are some of my favorite tips!

Plan Ahead

There are things that I know I must do, like get up in time to wake up my son, in order to make sure that he is up and ready to go for school.  But there are areas that require a little more planning, like in business and blogging.  I prepare and get organized by writing things down in order of urgency.  There are tasks that I know I have to get out of the way because they are a priority.

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Staying organized allows me to tackle my day more efficiently, reduces my ability to be frazzled, and reduces stress.  And business is not the only area you can be more organized in, prepare your lunch ahead of time, iron your clothes and lay them aside so that you do not have to search for these things with the chaos of the morning.  Having a clear mind at bedtime because you know that you are less likely to have a chaotic morning will encourage you to rest better.

Meditate

Meditate

    Meditation is different for everyone, if you are religious, meditation could be prayer, if not, it could simply be a moment of silence. Your time to simply separate yourself from the chaos of your day and to reflect on the good and the areas in which you can improve in the following day. Meditation not only raises self awareness, decreases anxiety and depression, but meditation is as effective as sleep medication.

    Drink and Snack Smarter

    Have you ever tried eating a kiwi before bed?

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    Well it turns out that popping two of these bad boys can help you sleep better.  According to Taiwanese researchers, kiwi helped adults fall asleep 35 percent faster and sleep 13 percent longer.   If Kiwis are not your cup of tea, then you can try these other, healthier snacks.

    • Six-ounce serving of plain nonfat Greek yogurt (100 calories) sprinkled with 1/8 cup Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola (60 calories): 160 calories
    • 1 slice whole-wheat toast (100 calories) topped with half an ounce shredded mozzarella cheese (36 calories): 136 calories

    Exercise

    Running

      It’s true: some studies have found that exercising close to bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep, but one study found that people who lifted weights in the evening had a higher quality and duration of sleep than people who did the same workout in the morning. So while it might take you a few more minutes to conk out, you’ll sleep better.

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      Clean Up

      Waking up to a clean home is a great way to have a great morning. Spend a few minutes before bed picking up and putting things away so that you can have a refreshing morning.  As a mom, cleaning up the night before means that I have less work to do during the day.

      Go Dark

      Go Dark

        I spend a lot of time with my Chromebook attached to my hip.  Everything from checking on the blog, to social media, and it really does take it’s tole.  Although it is very hard for me to do, the nights that I choose to put the gadgets a way at least an hour or two before bed tend to be more restful nights.  The reason being that we often lose track of time when checking email and social media.

        Allow your mind and eyes to rest by turning off the electronics and opening up a good book instead.

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        Last Updated on July 10, 2020

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

        Boundaries are limits

        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
        • When do you feel disrespected?
        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
        • When do you want to be alone?
        • How much space do you need?

        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

        Sample language:

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        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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        Final Thoughts

        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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