Summer is over, Back to the Grind

Back to school, Back to work, Back to the grind before the careless days of Summer yanked our hearts to the calling of the ocean breeze… Where did Summer go? Growing up outside of Philadelphia, we experience the four seasons. However, some years it was more like two.

Summer would come with her blazing heat that turned into a cool breeze where the leaves turned a different color and Pumpkin Spice lattes were all the range. The cool breeze turned into a sheet of ice with everyone complaining about the snow and can’t wait till Summer comes back. That sheet of ice turned into a rainy sunny day and a sighting of a high schooler wearing shorts or flip flops was all too common. Quickly that rainy sunny day turned into humidity, which signaled the start of Summer. It’s the same scenario year after year.

How do I go back to a normal routine after Summer quickly comes to a close? I’m going to share you my tips whether you’re in school or in the workforce.

  1. Establish a routine two weeks before, especially if you’re a single mom or dad. You have other things to worry about!
  2. Two hours or so before bed limit screen time. That means TV, computer, and your phone. The blue light emissions from the screen disrupts the production of melatonin hormone that regulates the sleep and wake cycles.
    1. I like to journal or read a book during this time. Journaling what happened during the day or anything that is bothering you helps relieve any stress you may have. Whether that stress is from work, school, or family you’ll be able to let go of that pain and sleep soundly.
    2. My current read is “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado
  3. Sometimes, I like to relax with a cup of tea while I’m reading or journaling. My go to tea is the Organic Night Time Tea, which is caffeine free. Sometimes I mix it go between that at the Organic Calming Tea .
  4. I need 9 hours of sleep, so I’m in bed by 8-8:30pm. Before I go upstairs to bed, I take 5 mg of melatonin. As many of us, my mind races a million miles a minute. I need it to relax. It helps tremendously.
  5. Around 9pm, I put down the book or journal and meditate for about 10-15 minutes using the Insight Timer.  My favorite guided meditation is “Breathing into Sleep”, which is about 18 minutes. It’s a free app for iPhone and Android users.

I understand everyone’s life is different and every body is unique. Some people need five hours of sleep and they’ll good to go. Create a routine that works for you and your lifestyle. Always remember what’s the most important part of the routine. You don’t want to interrupt your sleep cycle for a glass a wine. Especially if you’re like me; hungry, tired Jenn is an angry Jenn.

Let me know what type of routine you have for a restful night of sleep.

See you for coffee in the morning—> Peace and Love—> Jenn

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