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Pearl Grace Life, Sleep your way to the top

Sleep your way to the top

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Sleep your way to the top, without compromising your integrity

Pearl Grace Life, Sleep your way to the top I’ve got some interesting facts to share with you today.

Did you know that sleeping more hours could help you loose weight?

Did you know that napping during the day reduces stress and aids productivity?

Did you know that sleeping more soundly could reduce your risk of severe illnesses, like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and even some cancers. 

Well, it’s true.

However the sad reality is that many of us are sleep deprived.

We are trying to function; hold down jobs, run the household, bring up children, sustain healthy relationships and look after ourselves on an empty tank.

No wonder we feel stressed out, tired, unengaged and stretched too thin on a regular basis.

Here’s the thing, when I was younger I would do what I called “pull all nighters” and I did this all the time.

This basically meant that I’d stay up all night.

Why you might ask? 

And the truth was to watch TV.

Yep, I spent most of those precious nocturnal hours watching mind-Pearl Grace Life, Sleep your way to the topnumbing TV.

Today, my mind boggles at the thought of how ridiculous this was but I did it.

If I had known back then what I know now then I probably wouldn’t have made such insane choices.

When I think back to my life back then I was suffering with cases of eczema,  had stiff joints, lacked energy and felt – for want of a better word – tired.  (It’s like, Duurrhh!)

Fast forward a few years and The Universe, God, or [insert your choice of higher power here] hands me a bambino.

All of a sudden the one thing I wanted more than anything else was sleep.

Between the round the clock breastfeeds, nappy changes and eating, I craved sleep on a massive scale.

I wanted to sleep like it was going out of fashion but sleep was the first thing to go, closely followed by sex, a tidy house and a neatly waxed bikini line.

Here’s the thing, amazing gifts like children make the sleep deprivation worthwhile but when there’s no justifiable reason to hold off putting your head to your pillow and catching some uber important Zzz’s then I just don’t get why we wouldn’t choose to sleep.

Many of us believe that we are being more productive if we choose to work longer hours, stay up late to finish off the report or sacrifice our sleep for trips to the gym.

But the truth is you would be are far more productive if you switched off the computer an hour earlier and took some time to unwind with a bath and book instead.

Tweet it out, peeps: Sleep is a performance enhancing tool and your single greatest free resource in achieving a more abundant and joyful life @PearlGraceLife. 

Here’s something worth noting…

People who tend to sleep better tend to be happier, which in turn makes them feel less stressed.

When we feel less stressed we tend to treat people better and approach situations in a more measured and compassionate way.

This in turn leads to a feeling of having stronger bonds and connections with people.

This can benefit both our professional and personal relationships leading to greater productivity, happiness and success all round.

You could literally sleep your way to the top and improve every area of your life; in business, health and well-being, your attitude, finances and personal life, just by choosing to make sleep a priority instead of seeing it as just “the thing we do” to join up the days.

You know that phrase, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. Well, I can’t think of a more ridiculous notion!

The sad truth is you might wind up dead a lot sooner than you’d like by not getting enough hours sleep while you’re in the company of the living.

Now, we’re all unique and therefore may not all require the same amount of sleep.

But as a general rule most of us need somewhere between 6-10 hours a night to enable us to function at full throttle.

Pearl Grace Life, Sleep your way to the topThe truth is, the better we sleep the better we feel.

In fact the more we sleep the better it is for our hearts, brains, internal organs, skin, hair, nails, you name it.

Instead of buying into the next beauty product that claims to reduce wrinkles and remove bags from under your eyes, just hit the sack a littler earlier every night.

Think of sleep as natures way of giving you everything your body needs to function providing you don’t neglect it.

By the way, sleep is as important in the health and well being of men as it is for women.

I know guys that take sleep for granted and almost wear their lack of sleep like a badge of honour. It’s crazy!

So, share this post with your partner, your spouse, your main squeeze, friend, colleagues or anyone else you think could benefit.

It serves the world, the economy and the health care system if we all made a conscious effort to catch more shut eye.

Trust me, with more Zzz’s under your belt you’ll feel and look incredible and people will start to wonder, what’s your secret?

And when you tell them you’ve been sleeping, they’ll be stumped because it sounds way to easy!

Now, I’ve put together 15 easy tips on how achieve a more restful slumber here.

And as always, tell me what you think.

Some of you have been super-sweet by sending me personal emails – I love hearing from you so please keep them coming.

I love hearing your thoughts, ideas, and take on the random things I ramble on about so thank you so much

Also feel free to share your comments below because your insight and perspective could help, inspire and increase the happiness level in another person’s life.

Till next time,
Big love, Nat x

 

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Pearl Grace Life, How to sleep better

How to sleep better

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How to sleep better: Tips for getting a better night’s sleep

Pearl Grace Life, How to sleep betterHey beautiful people,

If you haven’t already checked out my post on sleeping your way to the top then hop on over to it here.

This post provides some tips on how to sleep better and feel rested and rejuvenated:

1. Eat a light dinner up to 2 hours before lights out.
A light but still nutritious meal is easier for the body to breakdown and digest. You won’t feel full and uncomfortable when bedtime rolls up, instead you’ll feel content and satiated and ready to sleep.

2. Exercise daily even if you can only a 30 minute brisk walk. Do it early in the day. You’ll feel pumped and energised afterwards which will put you on the right path for the rest of the day. Come bedtime you should feel tired and ready to hit the sack.

3. Air your room 30 minutes before you crawl between the sheets. A cool room has been proven to create a more restful sleep.

4. 10-15 minutes of quiet mindfulness, meditation and deep breathing before you sleep.
This calms the mind and relaxes the body – a good state for you to be in for you drift off.

5. Invest in good quality mattress and pillows and clean your bedding regularly.
So many people sleep on poor quality mattress and on pillows that don’t support the head and neck. In all honesty one of the best places to sleep is on the floor because its hard and level.

But if the floor ain’t your thing then a firm mattress that promotes breathability is ideal.

Also, find a pillow that provides comfort and support or do away with it altogether. I know it might sound strange but sleeping without a pillow and allowing your body to lie in complete alignment is better for your muscles, circulation and oxygen flow . But I guess that depends on whether you prefer to sleep on your back, front or sides.

If you suffer with neck or back pain then get professional advice before making a purchase.

6. Burning essential oils in your home. You don’t have to burn them in your bedroom in case you find them too overpowering but a fragrance like lavender has been proven to calm the mind and aid relaxation.

7. Darken the room with binds and/or curtains and use an eye mask if your room is still quite bright.

If you live on a busy road consider using ear plugs to drown out some of the outside noise or opt for a “white noise” appliance, which might help.

8. Reading has been proven to relax the brain and body. Read whatever you fancy but here’s a little tip that has worked for me, read a few pages of something  happy, positive or inspiring. You’ll still get tired but reading something like that will trigger the reactors in the brain so it can conjure up fantastic ideas throughout the night while you sleep.

9. Wear lose fitting clothes in bed or better yet sleep in your birthday suit. Let it all hang out, baby! Give your skin opportunity to breathe.

10. Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as much as 5 hours before bedtime.

11. When you’re tired, sleep.
I know this sounds obvious but yet so many of us, myself included, don’t do it.
Don’t fight it. In fact a lot of companies won’t mind if you grab 20 minutes of shut eye in your lunch break because napping is known to increase alertness and productivity.

And when it comes to bedtime only go to bed you feel tired.

There are few things in life more frustrating than tossing and turning yourself to sleep so resist putting yourself through this ordeal.

If you find yourself staring at the ceiling after 20 minutes then get up, go into another room, read a book or do some relaxation exercises until you begin to tire.

12. Avoid visual stimulation up to an hour before you get into bed.
I know this is difficult in the hyper-connected, always switched on world that we live in but this means no TV, not laptops, no iPhones, no iPads etc.

Try to keep your bedroom a Devise-Free-Zone. Don’t worry, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will still be there in the morning.

13. No heavy chit-chat before bed.
Bedtime is not the right time to talk about emotional topics.
Do it at some other time of day. If your partner wants to engage in a heated discussion when your in your jim-jams then suggest you discuss it the following day.

14. If switching your brain off is a struggle then take up journalling or get in the habit of writing down what’s on your mind before you get into bed. That way you clear your mind of the worry and prepare it for relaxation instead.

15. Avoid drinking too much liquids before bed.
The theory behind this is to prevent you from waking up in the night to go to the loo.
Now, this is an interesting one because if you’re like me and falling back to sleep after a trip to the loo is easy then I wouldn’t worry too much about this point.
However if you struggle to get back to sleep then give it a try.

Got any sleep better tips of your own?  Please tell us in the comments below.

Till next time, sweet dreams x

 

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Are you lying? Pearl Grace Life

Are you lying?

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Are you lying about who you really are?

Are you lying about who you really are

I had a really strange encounter with a family member the other day.

I went round to her house and she had cooked lunch for us.

She had gone to great effort and presented a generous amount of food on the kitchen counter for me to dip in and out of as much as I liked throughout our time together.

The thing is when we spoke the previous week about meeting up I had no idea that she was going to go to so much trouble.

If I knew, I wouldn’t have set myself the challenge to juice it the same day.

So, I turned up to her house with a handsome supply of green juices in hand, which I quickly and rather sheepishly (after seeing how much trouble she had gone to) stowed away in her fridge for later. Talk about awkward.

Now, it’s worth mentioning that this particular relative is very sensitive. She would’ve taken it personally if I didn’t eat her food and if I didn’t acknowledge my pleasure whilst doing so.

But to make an awkward situation even more difficult, the food that she had so lovingly prepared was stuff that I haven’t eaten in months. (In another post I’ll tell you about my life since abstaining from meat and dairy but that’s a whole other story.)

Back to the post. So, when I was confronted by a pot of chicken stew and a side dish of potato salad with eggs and mayonnaise I didn’t know what to do or where to run and hide!

So, I lied.

Tweet it out, peeps“This above all; to thine own self be true” – William Shakespeare via @PearlGraceLife

I lied to her when I said I was full after my last green juice.

I felt her eyes on me as I sparingly added a small spoonful of rice to my plate and a drizzle of gravy so I lied.

But I also lied to myself. By pretending that I was happy to eat when in fact I had planned on drinking the juices that I had so gleefully made a few hours earlier, I was committing a serious sin. Lying.

To be honest I came away feeling a little disgusted with myself.

And it was at this point of self-loathing that I started to wonder, why did I do it?

And more to the point, why do so many of us, out of fear of being judged or criticised, “pretend”, “gloss over” or “fake” who we really are.

Despite the fact that I had told her I was juicing it that day, she still would have been offended if I didn’t pile up my plate.

Now, in her defence once upon a time I would have done precisely that.

I absolutely love her cooking but in recent months I’ve also changed my diet and have been feeling all the better for it.

Now, here’s the kicker, if I had explained that to her, I would have run the risk of hurting her feelings – not something I wanted to do.

Are you lying? Pearl Grace Life blogSo, instead I pretended that I was hungry enough to have a little bit of food to avoid any upset.

I was guilty of lying to her and as a trade off for sparing her feelings I felt like shit.

I felt like I had let myself down for not sticking to the goal I had set myself that day.

But more importantly I felt bad because I hadn’t acted in alignment with my true self and my true intentions.

Basically I lied about who I really was in that moment.

You see, in that moment, I was supposed to be healthy and disciplined but I didn’t follow through. I let myself down.

Instead I sacrificed my own happiness in that moment – which actually lasted the rest of the weekend because every time I thought about it I cringed – so that I could safeguard another person’s feelings.

Now, let me just jump off here and say I’m not suggesting you stop caring about other people. That’s not what I’m saying at all. Far from it.

I’m just saying that when you are doing something that is positive and that is making a transformational difference in your life, either personally or professionally, you should be proud of yourself.

You should be happy and take pride in your achievements and feel enthusiastic about the goals you set yourself.

The last thing you should feel is awkward or embarrassed.

I know my example might seems a little trivial but I think the point is a valid one.

In your pursuit of greater meaning, happiness, deeper love, more success, a real sense of vitality, abundance and joy in your life, whatever it may be that you consider to be of enriching benefit to you and those you love, don’t let anybody steal your truth.

Don’t allow a single person, situation or circumstance to take you off track or make you doubt or question who you really are or who you truly want to be.

You are amazing and incredible, never forget that.

Here’s to living in your truth,
Love Nat x

Before you go and live in an awesome way please share your thoughts to today’s post:

Have you ever lied, denied, pretended or faked who you really are, how you feel or believe and how did it make you feel? And more importantly, what did you decide to do in the future to overcome the lying trap?

“Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame” – The Script feat. will.i.am, Hall of Fame

 

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