Sleep is the spice of life! It’s the secret to better well-being and a healthier mind and body. If you’re looking for ways to improve your sleep, aromatherapy might just be the answer for you. If you’ve tried the no caffeine before bed and early meals in the evening type of advice, and it didn’t work, this article is for you.
Aromatherapy Is the Answer to Better Sleep
Your body’s self-healing depends on you getting enough sleep regularly. In the short term, lack of sleep can lead to impaired memory, stress, mood swings, and reduced alertness. The long-term effects, however, are much more serious. That’s why using aromatherapy to improve your sleep can lead to a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure, balanced hormones, and improved glucose tolerance. Here’s a simple guide to help you get a good night’s sleep and improve your overall health.
Disclaimer: keep in mind that this guide is a recommendation only, it’s not medical advice. It’s always advisable to discuss these matters with your doctor.
Give Meditation a Try
Meditation is a great remedy for sleepless nights. By doing conscious breathwork, you can focus your mind, slow down your breathing, and lower your heart rate. This can help you fall asleep faster. Try meditating by lying flat on your back and breathing from one to three as you inhale and exhale.
Essential Oils Do Wonders
It’s a known fact that plants have superpowers. Using the natural properties in their oils can stimulate alertness but also improve relaxation and soothe the mind. Lavender and camomile are especially good for calming the body and helping you fall asleep. You can even spray a few drops of lavender on your pillow.
Ever Heard of Binaural Beats?
Sometimes, no amount of essential oils and meditation can help relax you. That’s where binaural beats come in. These are sound frequencies that create an auditory illusion in our minds. Studies have shown that they can recreate the same state you get into when meditating. Binaural beats in the delta range (1 to 4 Hz) help with deep sleep and relaxation.
Use Bath Salts
We can’t talk about aromatherapy without mentioning bath salts. The trick to falling asleep is lowering your body’s core temperature. Prepare a bath with your favorite natural bath salts (keep in mind that Epsom salts relax the muscles) and let them soothe you.
Aromatherapy 101: Burning Incense
Similar to the effects of essential oils, incense helps create that soothing spa experience we all crave. Incense can act as a natural sedative that can help you fall asleep faster and prolong your deep sleep state. Scents like lavender and sage are associated with better sleep.
Being an Almond Mom Is Not Considered Healthy Parenting
There are already so many different styles of parenting – some widely accepted, others not. Because of social media channels like TikTok, Instagram and others, all such styles get their own labels. The latest style that started from Gigi Hadid’s mother – Yolanda Hadid, now has the label ‘almond mom,’ and it’s not everyone’s favorite style. It promotes unhealthy eating habits for children, but there are ways to avoid it.
Avoid Food-Shaming Children
If you had a tough upbringing where your parents were strict about what you put in your stomach, it doesn’t mean you have to project that onto your children. Be gentle with the little ones – don’t yell and scold them for eating what they want. There are healthier ways to get your kid to eat better, and it’s definitely not food shaming!
Ignore The Scale
When you’re constantly relying on the scale to tell you your weight – you tend to focus only on that. That’s the wrong approach to being healthy. Avoid the number – ignore it. It’s not about that. You and your children should focus on feeling good about yourselves and being healthy. Don’t be an almond mom – instead, provide the right food for your children’s bodies – don’t focus on whatever the scale says.
Meal Prep as a Family
Scolding children and nagging them about eating a particular food item and avoiding another isn’t the best way to get your kids interested in eating right. However, if you involved them in your meal prep, that might pique their interest. You can avoid being an almond mom – just be a regular mom, involving your kids in healthy eating!
Don’t Be an Almond Mom
It’s important how you act in front of your children because, from a young age, they love to copy their parents and will copy everything you do. That includes what you eat. If you don’t want to be a bad parent and teach your kids a highly unhealthy method of being thin – you need to avoid certain things yourself. Eat healthily, don’t keep yourself from your favorite food, and emphasize feeling good, being healthy, and still eating what you want!
Kids get all their eating habits and confidence about their weight from their parents at an early age. That’s why if you can avoid focusing on certain factors like the numbers on the scale or shaming your kid into eating what you want – it’d make the entire atmosphere more pleasant for the family. Don’t be an almond mom – teach your kids how to be healthy and beautiful!