Let’s face it, teaching is a stressful job. I have lost countless hours of sleep worrying about everything from my formal observation, mounds of paperwork waiting to be done, a particular child or parent…you name it and I’ve lost sleep over it!
After a super stressful and loooong day at work I often have a lot of trouble unwinding in the evenings.
I tend to focus on everything I need to do the next day, week, month etc. which makes it difficult to relax and enjoy the fact that the work day is over.
All that stress and tension can make it almost impossible to fall asleep. Lack of sleep and excessive, prolonged stress can lead to many health issues.
Over the years, I have implemented several methods to effectively manage my school stress and get a good night’s sleep.
The tips below have allowed me to sleep more soundly and awake more refreshed than ever before- or at least since I was in my 20’s!
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Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep!
One of my goals is living a more healthy lifestyle, and using all-natural, non-toxic products.
Young Living Essential Oils are tools I use to help me achieve this goal.
I have begun slowly replacing commercial products in my medicine cabinet and cleaning cupboard with homemade equivalents that reqire very little preparation and are not harmful to me, my family or pets, or the environment.
Step 1: Relaxation Scents
This is my favorite tip because even if you’re too busy to do any of the others, you do have time to breathe!
I diffuse an essential oil in my diffuser, which is like a humidifier but made specifically for use with essential oils. I prefer to diffuse Stress Away or Lavender because they have a very calming, relaxing effect that allows me to sleep deeply and awake feeling well rested.
I get all my oils and my diffuser from Young Living, you can read more about it HERE.
Step 2: Hot Bath
Taking a hot bath is no secret, we all know it’s a great way to relax. But when I add 1 and 1/2 cups of Epsom salts and 8 drops of lavender essential oil to my bath I notice that I emerge feeling very calm and relaxed, which also helps me sleep much better.
Step 3: Relaxation Rub
I make my own relaxation rub that works wonders to help me to calm down and let go of all the thoughts racing through my mind at the end of a busy day. Not only does it smell amazing, but it is also a great moisturizer, just rub it on the soles of your feet and put on a pair of socks. Now I’m sleeping better each night and my feet are soft and smooth!
You will also need a glass jar for storing your relaxation rub and a glass bowl for mixing.
Pour a half cup of water into a bowl and microwave for 35-45 seconds. The bowl of water must be slightly bigger than your glass bowl. Place the coconut oil and shea butter in the glass bowl and place the glass bowl in the bowl of hot water. Mix the two ingredients together until smooth, then add your oils and mix again. Transfer the mixture to your glass jar and allow to cool.
Step 4: Reading
Reading for 15-20 minutes each night before I go to bed allows my mind to focus on something other than my “school life.” If I read a book of my choice (not a professional development book!) for just a few minutes each night my mind disconnects from the constant worries of my job and allows me to relax.
Step 5: White noise or peaceful sounds
There are apps out there you can download (some are free!) that will play white noise or peaceful sounds. I prefer the sound of the ocean when I sleep, these sounds are relaxing and allow me to sleep more deeply.
There you have it, those are my top 5 tips for getting a good night’s sleep!