LEARN TO REST Making sure you let your body rest every day is an important aspect to your wellbeing. We know it’s hard to get a solid night’s sleep during times of uncertainty. A good night’s sleep allows our bodies to self-repair and helps our brains to consolidate memories and process information, helping with generalcognitive function, meaning you are more able to handle the day ahead. A poor sleep pattern can affect us both physically and mentally, linking to a weakened immune system, anxiety and depression. Here are a few simple ideas to help you get a good night’s sleep:
- Have regular sleeping hours and practice a good bedtime routine to adjust your body clock to realise it is time for bed.
- Turn off all devices and avoid for using them an hour before sleep as they stimulate our brain, keeping us awake.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed to help your body to unwind.
- Incorporate simple relaxation such as meditation in to your routine to help keep your life in balance and destress your mind.
- Have a warm bath or shower as this will naturally relax the muscles in your body.
- Write a to-do list to ease your mind and manage your feelings about tasks that have been playing on your mind or causing you stress.