“Studies show that 20 minutes of sleep in the afternoon provides more rest than 20 minutes of additional sleep in the morning (though the last two hours of morning sleep have special benefits of their own).
The body seems to be designed for this, as most people’s bodies naturally become more tired in the afternoon, about 8 hours after we wake up.”
Taken from Very Well Mind.
Clutter everywhere may not seem like a big deal at first, but it can take a significant toll on your productivity, energy and mental well-being. Here are five tips from the THE decluttering guru, Marie Kondo:
Kondo’s daily after-work routine is extremely methodical. Everything she owns has its own designated space. Though no one is expecting you to place your bag in the same spot every evening, organizing hard-working areas like entryways makes evening routines much easier. Label cubbies and baskets so that everyone knows where their lunch boxes and bike helmets should go.
We’re all guilty of opening bills and shoving them into a drawer. That credit card bill? You don’t need that. Old warranties? You don’t need to keep those, either. Kondo argues that these stacks of papers often end up sitting, forgotten, in an accordion file. Since most paperwork is now available online, hanging on to those creates useless clutter.
According to Kondo, arranging things vertically will save space and allow you to find your belongings more easily. Try storing your folded t-shirts in towers—choosing an outfit becomes a lot easier when all of your options are clearly laid out.
Picture this: rows of forgotten clothes (some with the tags still on!) hanging in your closet and piles of scuffed shoes lining your entryway. Sounds familiar? Kondo’s method is to hold each item in your hand and ask the question: “Does this bring me joy?” She insists you’ll know the answer right away.
Kondo doesn’t understand why people plunk change in piggy banks and jars around their houses, which renders the money useless. Instead, she suggests sliding loose coins into your wallet right away. That way, you’ll actually spend that money instead of letting it sit in a drawer for years.
At the end of a long day, there are few better ways to unwind than lighting a candle, putting on calming tunes, and soaking in a warm bath. The whole world melts away as the tension you’ve holding dissolves into the water swirling around you.
Bathing has a transformative power, and with the addition of certain natural ingredients, it can provide profound healing in accordance with specific physical and emotional concerns.
Taken from Wanderlust.
A digital detox refers to a period of time when a person refrains from using tech devices such as smartphones, televisions, computers, tablets, and social media sites.
“Detoxing” from digital devices is often seen as a way to focus on real-life social interactions without distractions. By forgoing digital devices, at least temporarily, people can let go of the stress that stems from constant connectivity.
Taken from Blake Snow’s the book, “Log off: How to stay connected after disconnecting” to help you do a digital detox.
Blake teaches us about the four burners theory—your four burners are family, friends, health, and work. Anything that is not essential to your four burners should be removed. “That means no alerts, beeps, buzzes, or notifications of any kind, perhaps with the exception of voicemails for emergencies.”
It seems silly how proud we are of being busy. Blake notes that explanations of, “I’m so busy!” are really just our attempts to avoid making hard choices about how we live our lives.
Sure, our smartphones are handy tools for finding out answers, keeping in touch with friends, or even checking the time. But often, more often than we think, we use our phones to distract, to avoid, or to ignore whatever is happening right in front of us.
Divide your life into thirds—8 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep, and 8 hours free. Working more does not actually make us more productive. Working smart and keeping time free allows our minds to wander in ways that make the hours we do work more effective.
Taken from Psychology Today.
Exfoliation can be a great way to keep your skin looking vibrant and healthy.
A body scrub is a popular way to exfoliate your skin, and there are plenty of store-bought varieties to choose from. Or, you can make your very own homemade body scrub using ingredients you already have in your pantry.
Here’s Jess’s easy to do at-home body scrub:
1 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup carrier oil – jojoba or olive oil are good!
1 teaspoon of essential oil – picture here is lavender!
Mantra Magazine has some AHmazing body scrub recipes here!