Tips for decompressing, resting, and rejuvenating
I’m Victoria and I am guilty of having been a workaholic and gone days without proper rest and adequate sleep.
My confession may seem a bit lame but it’s true. When I launched my virtual business some years back, I became obsessed with working, all the time, and found it difficult to settle down for a good nights rest.
The mere thought of going to sleep and leaving projects undone kept me going and going, and going, very much like the popular battery commercial.
This over compulsive behavior in-time began to wreak havoc on my body, mind, and spirit. My behavior also took its toll on my family — my cheer-leading squad, my number one supporters, the loves of my life who watched helplessly as I took my life in a downward spiral. All for the sake of building a successful business.
I simply could not pull myself away from my work. The future of my health and well-being, family, and business looked very bleak. I needed help, an intervention.
One day in early fall, I woke up feeling extremely drained. Brushing off the feeling, I continued to go about my day and out of the blue I became very ill. I went to the hospital and luckily was only diagnosed for extreme exhaustion and dehydration. The doctor also issued a very stern warning for me to get sleep and lots of rest.
In sharing my personal story I hope that if you find yourself traveling this same path, please take heed. Lack of sleep and rest for the body over time will take its toll on your health and well-being, I know this for sure.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “An estimated 50-70 million US adults have sleep or wakefulness disorder” (CDC, 2013). In another study, reasons why people were unable to get to sleep included:
- 23.2% – Concentrating on Things
- 18.2% – Remember Things
- 13.3% – Working on Hobbies
- 11.3% – Driving or Taking Public Transportation
- 10.5% – Taking Care of Financial Affairs
- 8.6% – Performing Employed or Volunteer Work
If you find that trying to settle down for rest, relaxation, and sleep is difficult, try my top five natural tips.
1. Walking – at the end of your work day, take a nice long brisk walk to clear your mind.
2. Quite Calm – set up a nightly ritual for settling down. Leave your work area and take time to read your favorite novel, take a warm soothing aromatherapy bath (great scents include: Lavender, Lavender Vanilla, Citrus, Musk, Eucalyptus, Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood) and light a matching scented candle. Finally, rub down with a complimentary calming lotion or body oil. Depending on your budget, consider massage therapy as part of your personal wellness program. Bath and Body Works, my all time favorite store for personal and home fragrances has a wonderful Aromatherapy line, order online or visit their store. If you order online don’t forget to use this code: BBWSEP13 for a 20% discount. The code expires on October 13, 2013.
3. Soothing music – play some soothing jazz, spiritual, or inspirational music, it relaxes your mind and offers peace and calmness. A great resource is YouTube, a keyword search for sleep music, aromatherapy music or sounds for sleeping will generate a large selection that you can add to your favorites.
4. Check your mattress and pillows – investment in a quality mattress and pillow does the body good.
5. Refrain from caffeinated beverages, alcohol, paying bills, and engaging in stressful telephone conversations, texts, and email.
Another great resource is maintaining a sleep journal to record your sleep habits. Schedule an appointment to meet with your doctor and be sure to take your journal to discuss your recorded habits.
Whether you are launching a new business or career, it is vitally important to set up cut-off boundaries that allow your mind and body to decompress, relax, rest, and rejuvenate.
About the Author: Victoria M. Parham is a (retired) army wife, Army veteran, talk radio host, and Career Strategist. Propelling people to reach their greatest career potential. To learn more, visit my blog: victoriaparham.com.
CDC. (2013, March 13). Insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/