Body and Mind, A Tangled Web
Psychological, emotional, and physical health all play a role in our ability – and inability – to get a good night’s rest. On addition, our expectation to be constantly ‘on’ and available (by Smartphones and the like), leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system – our fight-or-flight – and lowered ability to engage our parasympathetic nervous system – rest and digest.
- A human body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. Take a break from work/life every 90 minutes for two minutes of slow, intentional breathing.
- Walk barefoot and feel the earth.
- Don’t exercise within 3 hours of bedtime.
- Use gentle herbs, such as oats or chamomile, internally or externally (such as in a nourishing bath with some soothing oils).
- Set your ambitions aside for a day to recharge.
- Check out CBT-I (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomina) – https://www.cbtforinsomnia.com/cbt-i-treatment/
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Read the entire article from Natural Awakenings here on pages 20-22: https://issuu.com/nacrossroads/docs/na-indy-november-2019