8 Stunning Benefits Of Sleep

Getting a decent amount of sleep each night certainly has it’s benefits but did you know that if you lack sleep your body and mind will diminish over time?

Benefits Of Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is necessary but we aren’t always mindful of getting enough of it, which results in a downward spiral of health issues including stress and depression. To avoid the negative side effects of sleep deprivation let’s start prioritizing it once and for all.

  • Body Rejuvenates– our bodies are working hard at restoring all the energy, burning calories and repairing our muscles for the next days activities. It’s not only important for us to get sleep just to be able to function but to maintain a healthy weight, keep our brains from fogging and soothing all the aches and pains associated with our daily lifestyle.
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Health Benefits Of Getting Enough Sleep

Without a good nights rest our appearance, mood, and concentration are weakened. Healthy sleep is getting at least 7-9 hours every night undisturbed.

How Important Is Sleep

Some of us naturally have that fear of missing out mentality and therefore, lack sleep, sometimes only getting 3-5 hours per night. That’s not enough to replenish our minds and bodies. It’s important to turn off our brains in order to clonk out at a specific time each night.

In order for us to heal from essentially anything we must sleep. Trauma, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, disease and metal illness are on the rise due to sleep deprived individuals. It wasn’t until I had a major panic attack did I realize the damage I was doing to my entire body because of lack of sleep. My hormones weren’t allowing me to get a straight dose of 7 hours because I was waking up automatically after I fell asleep for an hour or two. The triggers in my body were:

  • Pain
  • Urination even after the smallest sip of water
  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Being uncomfortable
  • Mind not shutting off
  • Upset stomach
  • Varicose veins
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Stunning Health Benefits Of Sleep

Mood is happy, calm, relaxed and full of zen. All the good feels derive from getting plenty of sleep each night. It’s crucial. Not only does this help improve your mood, it defeats the negative energy that comes in contact with us. Our minds are more apt to know how to react and react well when approached the wrong way!

  • Less pain– naturally pain wakes me throughout the night but if I sleep with a heating blanket I am able to get more sleep. Some other natural ways to fight pain is Turmeric, being comfortable in bed with the right pillows and blankets propping one against your side to hug while you sleep, green tea before bed, a warm compress, an essential oil diffuser in the room with lavender going.
  • You look good– We all know that beauty sleep is top notch self care. Your skin, eyes, and hair look amazing and in turn this makes you feel really good as well. If you notice your skin breaking out more, the wrinkles are noticeable, you may even develop some beauty marks; start sleeping.

The recommended daily dose of sleep is 7-9 hours. Anything more than that can make you feel groggy. Anything less than 7 can impair your health.

Make it a habit to craft a structured morning and evening routine. We promote this more than anything because it sets your entire life up for success. Waking at the same time and going to bed at the same time typically every single day really improves your well being.

Success Over Deprivation

It’s important to create your morning routine along with an evening one to set your entire day up for success. I’ve naturally been able to wake each day after 6-7 hours of sleep because my body knows when it’s time to get up. But if you rely heavily on an alarm clock then I would suggest this:

  • Set the alarm for the same time each day even if you’re ‘OFF’ for the day
  • Upon waking make your bed or at least ‘TIDY‘ it up
  • Open the blinds
  • Go outside and get a natural dose of sunlight even if it’s cloudy
  • Drink 2 cups of coffee
  • Set up a strict night routine and follow it for at least 30 days to form a habit

Self Care Tips

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Sleep + Wellness Tips

Sleep + Wellness Tips

Gaining clarity and being able to think clear is a really nice benefit of beauty sleep. I would also suggest decluttering your entire bedroom in order to get quality sleep. It makes such a difference and the 3 piece furniture rule is a strict one of mine.

  • Clarity– this is a huge one especially if you’re taking our Mindset Minted course. To gain clarity on what it is that you want, you must be getting the proper vitamins, sleep and setting up your space to be able to actually think
  • You’re nicer– no one likes anyone who woke on the wrong side of the bed let alone someone who lacks sleep. You’re much nicer when you rest
  • Space is clean– getting sleep can actually result in your physical ability to clean up your space exactly the way you envision. To be motivated is one thing, to be energized is another…start sleeping
  • Less stroke risk– one of the things that really bothers me when I lack sleep are my headaches and migraines. But not only that, I can tell when my brain is on fire so to speak. The pain isn’t a normal headache or migraine attack. Those typically occur during the day and if you suffer from migraines such as I have in the past it’s crucial to be mindful of what you eat, toxic cleaning products and overly powering smells. Studies show that your lack of sleep can result in stroke, diabetes, heart attack and other underlying disease
  • Strive– empowerment is key and I would say that you need to empower yourself first. In order to strive at anything we need to sleep. It’s just non negotiable

How To Get Enough Sleep Each Night

So if you’re someone who struggles with sleeping because of the things we mentioned above, prepare your bedroom as a sanctuary to allow the sleep to occur successfully.

  • avoid sleeping during the day if you don’t work third shift
  • craft that morning and evening routine to a T
  • avoid caffeine after 3 pm
  • drink calming tea 1-2 hours before bed
  • use oil diffusers or make your DIY lavender spray to make the room drowsy

DIY LAVENDER ROOM SPRAY

1 PART WATER, 2 TBSP ALCOHOL, 12 DROPS LAVENDER OIL

If you’re still struggling please talk to your doctor. Wellness matters. Until next time, no clutter please!

10 Ways To Introduce Slow Living To Your Current Lifestyle

1.) Wake up and lie in bed for a few minutes without the urge to jump out and start doing your morning tasks. Just lie there and express gratitude. When you get out of bed, raise/open the blinds to let natures ray of light come in. Make it a daily habit to cozy up the bedding.

2.) Take your time. Brush your teeth in a slower motion. Shower longer. Do the dishes calmly and relax while loading them. Take your time vacuuming, organizing, putting clothes away. Remain mindful to take your time.

3.) Breathe properly. Sometimes we forget to take in the proper amount of air needed for our brains to get oxygen. Do some breathing exercises daily until you get more familiar with the slow living.

4.) Mindfulness needs to be practiced every minute of every waking day in order to remind ourselves to slow down. Once we start telling ourselves over and over again to slow down, wait a minute…we can then start feeling the impact it has on our overall wellness.

5.) Give the worry to the master, the universe. This was a hard one for me because I constantly worried about my kids, my career, my living situation and a lot of that worry derived from wanting a certain lifestyle to happen more quickly. But, the fact that I was rushing things and vibrating too fast, my energy with the universe resisted everything I wanted to happen. And, it wasn’t until I stopped worrying about literally everything that I started noticing change.

6.) Start walking without the phone or even doing a yoga session or something to get away from the busy, fast paced life of social media, emails, etc.

7.) Declutter little things every single day until you feel like your stuff isn’t smothering you. It is the only way to embrace slow living naturally. We must remove things in order to welcome new people, things and experiences again.

8.) Be very mindful with your self care routines. It wasn’t until my eldest started her career as an esthetician did I pamper myself like I deserved. It’s ever so crucial to take the time to provide proper self care to ourselves. Facials. Spas. Massages. Relaxation. Eating healthy. Proper exercise. Therapy. Exploring new places. Riding a bike. Bathing calmly. Creating the space that we like and want.

9.) Part of my slow living journey started when I stopped shopping for things I no longer had interest in. I just didn’t need any of it. Put yourself on a shopping ban for a few weeks and notice how different you feel. The old saying, shopping is therapy went out the door.

10.) Learn to say no. I wasn’t able to embrace my slow living journey until I did this. And you don’t have to say it out loud if you don’t wish. You can ignore people, places and toss the things that you just don’t like anymore.

3 Natural Cleaning Products That Will Clean Just About Anything

I love that you are here friends because this just solidifies your healthy living journey even further. Since going completely no tox with my cleaning routines I have noticed a big difference in how I feel and function. Not only that, it has made our home smell naturally fresh and we can breathe without headaches or feeling sick.

3 All Natural Cleaning Products That Will Clean Anything

My go to for just about anything is baking soda and castile soap. When Castile soap was introduced to me I didn’t know how to use it. It’s important to pick a brand that you like and explore the soap in different areas of your homes.

  • Castile Soap is a vegetable based mild cleaning soap that is typically found in the beauty section because many people use it to bathe with. However, it’s a lovely, fresh, all natural cleaning product that many people don’t get to reap the benefits because they know little about it.
  • Baking Soda is another simple and easy cleaning product that makes life so much easier. Just sprinkle, rinse and done (in a lot of cases). For more in depth cleaning just let it sit and mix in with a squirt of the castile soap to give sinks, tubs and toilets a deeper clean.
  • Water. Yes, good ol’ water. Now before you go believing this is a disgusting thing, it’s totally not. You’re able to clean your home rather quickly and easily when you use just water alone. Sometimes it can be a quick dab of water on a cloth and wipe that gets a surface clean (or at least cleaner than it was).

How To Clean With Basic Natural Products & Supplies

To be quite honest with you, it took me a long time to get used to this style of cleaning because, I too was so used to cleaning with chemicals. The greenwashing industry is also a trick magnet and makes you believe their labels are natural. They’re not. We’ll get into that in another section of the course but let’s just go over the basics.

  • Grab your favorite cloth and dab some warm/hot water on one end to quickly wipe the countertops, handles, hardware, and even dust with. This is a stress free way to eliminate any dust, stuck on food, etc
  • For bigger messes like food that won’t lift, use a dab of castile soap on it as well. Or mild soap (even dawn dish soap). The other thing I like to do is dab the soap on the spot and leave for a minute, come back and wipe clean.
  • You can use a spray bottle as well. I like to keep a spray bottle of just water, one with a drop of soap in it and one with just water, alcohol and lemongrass drops. These are fantastic, easy breezy cleaning tips.

The damp cloth technique is perfect for dusting. You can add a drop or two of lemon oil on it to keep the dust off longer. A simple wipe is all you need.

The floors just need soap and water, sometimes just water especially if you have luxury vinyl plank. Use a spray bottle and microfiber mop head to clean up quickly. Be sure to avoid more than 1 drop of soap into the bottle otherwise buildup will occur and your floors will get sticky. Less is more when washing the floors. Vacuum more often than mopping.

Use baking soda on the bathtub if soap isn’t cutting it. I like to wash the shower when I’m in the shower. I even use a squirt of shampoo if I’m lazy that day. These are my go to scrubby brushes. They fit perfectly in your hand and work on sinks, tubs, shower walls, etc.

Now Here’s Your Challenge:

Take a small bowl and leave it next to your kitchen sink with baking soda in it. When the sink is empty and it’s ready to be cleaned for the evening simply take a scoop and swish it around the sink. Add a drop or two of lemongrass oil or castile soap for a fresh, clean smell…get those funky odors out. Rinse and done. For a deeper clean just use the scrubby to get all areas before rinsing.

Do this every other night or daily until you get used to cleaning the sinks with baking soda, soap and water.

Fun Fact: lemongrass is an all natural antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial. It also fights funky odors and leaves your home smelling naturally fresh, clean and safe to breathe in.

Mini Closet Purge

In this section I want you to select a time each and every day to look through your clothes and closets to get into the habit of going more and more minimal. This is a MINI closet purge so take about 10 minutes daily to do this challenge.

The Minimal ‘Mini’ Closet Purge Challenge

The reason this is a mini challenge is because clothing and accessories can be one of our greatest collections. We want to make this a simple process that’s done overtime because sure, it’s super easy to declutter once a year but we’re not aiming for this kind of lifestyle. We need to commit each and everyday to owning only the clothes and items we absolutely need.

  • Take one small section of the closet (or drawers) and visualize what you want it to look like, then walk away
  • Come back in a few minutes and look again
  • Now take the action by removing clothing that you can honestly say, “I don’t want this anymore”
  • Toss in the donation bag or a trash bag to throw away
  • Do this until you get that small section done
  • Tomorrow I want you to do the same thing in the next section
  • Repeat until the month is over and see how far you have come

Small Closet Purging Leads To A Less Cluttered Lifestyle

Remain consistent and remember that habits lead to success. Do small sections at a time to prevent overwhelm.

Do NOT pull out a bunch of clothes to dig through. Avoid this at all costs. Simply look at what you’ve got and start pulling a few items from the closet or drawer that you don’t need or want anymore.

Leave a comment when you are finished with each section. Bonus points for sharing pics as well.

Declutter Your Life, Mind and Home

Are you ready to start decluttering your entire life? We focus on more than just the home…it’s a whole mind thing too!

Tired of the overwhelm, the stressful cleaning routines, the pile up that appears out of nowhere?

If you answered YES, this 30 day challenge is for YOU. Start here today and let’s get uncluttered together.

You’ve got this!

Week 1 – Mindset Work

Week 2 & 3 – Home Declutter

Week 4 – Life Declutter

In this last part of the challenge I want you to get clear on what it is that you want. Take a few moments each day to say your prayers (if you’re spiritual) and seek guidance from a higher power. This needs to become an everyday habit in order to achieve the life you desire. What needs to be done is :

  • you need to choose what is best for you in your present moment
  • you need to then act upon whatever it is that you wish to seek out
  • remember that life is always evolving and you will too if you follow your rituals

Bonus:

Goal Setting Checklist