It’s important to fall into a good sleep cycle in order to allow your brain & adrenals to have time to recuperate overnight. I’m preaching to the choir here, but another thing we ALL underestimate is just how much sleep we need. It’s not a myth that we need 7-8 hours of sleep per night to replenish the cells & body and to keep our hormones in check.

The ideal situation? Get into a regular (ish) sleep & wake cycle. But, let’s be honest, that’s not necessarily possible for the average person in today’s day & age. So, settle for this: do your best to try to get at least 6-7 hours of sleep per night & work your way up to 7-8 hours. Try to wake up a bit earlier in the morning so that you don’t start your day off feeling stressed, frustrated or rushed. The way you wake up in the morning can actually set the tone for the way the rest of your day will go.

FIND WAYS TO COPE WITH YOUR STRESS THAT WORK

You can eat perfectly & still not feel your best if you’re not making a conscious effort to manage your stress. Find something, anything, whatever works for you, to distract yourself from your day-to-day stress & adopt strategies to bring mindfulness & dedicate some time to yourself everyday. Be aware of yourself, mind & body, and know when it’s time to defuse your stress levels & calm down, whether it be journaling, baths, self-care, face masks, manicures, adapting habits to relieve your stress, such as: running, writing, walking, exercise, seeing friends, outings, travelling, etc.

When I say time to yourself, I mean “self-care”, whatever it means to you. The goal is to take your being (or body) out of “fight or flight” or survival mode when the adrenal stress response system is over activated. This will help create a sense of inner safety that allows that alarm system to turn off. It’s your time to give yourself permission to pause & replenish your body, mind & spirit with relaxation!

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, LIKE WITH ANY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CHANGE YOU ATTEMPT TO MAKE, BE PATIENT! It won’t happen overnight. But rest assured that if you stay committed & motivated, IT WILL HAPPEN.

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