March 04, 2019
So you’re committed to turning off your electronics before going to sleep. But what are you going to do in between the blue light shut down and bed? Here are five ideas for solo or family activities that can engage your brain and also promote relaxation.
1. Tell Yourself A Story.
Read a book the old-fashioned way. Sit somewhere away from your bedroom and use full-spectrum light to illuminate the pages.
2. Take a Bath.
Set up a relaxing environment in your bathroom. Light candles. Set up an aromatherapy diffuser. Use a bath bomb. Turn off your phone. Soak and soothe your nervous system.
3. Work on a Puzzle.
Whether you’re working on a puzzle solo or as a family team, a good puzzle can keep you engaged over multiple days or nights. Dedicate a table to the project and choose a design that will be challenging enough to keep everyone engaged. Maybe puzzles will inspire game nights or activities other than electronic-heavy Netflix and chill. Puzzle-solving can also be a mindfulness-based activity that can help you unwind from the stress of your day in preparation for sleep.
4. Coloring Books.
These days, you can find coloring books for all interests. They may tell a story, offer inspiring content, or feature complex geometric designs. This growing trend springboards off the benefits of art therapy for stress reduction and working through issues. The therapeutic effects of coloring books are related to their effects on improving mindfulness and cultivating a mindful state.
Meditation is a proven technique for stress release, helping us to hit the reset button, letting go of whatever has happened for the day, and clearing the mental slate before bed. Try meditating as part of your pre-sleep routine.
Try any of these activities and experiment with your own practices for supporting your pre-sleep stress relief and success.
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March 04, 2019
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