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       Taking care [ of Your Rest ]. The Kindness Guide to Getting Better Sleep     ------    Good sleep is kindness. And a bedtime ritual is kindness in action.     You, my love, are exhausted     Let’s play pretend. I’ll be the caring friend and you be the woman who’s balancing the world on her pinkie finger. You’re esteemed. You’re successful. And you, my love, are exhausted.     At work, you’ve been putting in ridiculous hours because boundaries are tough given the nature of what you do and, after-hours, your social life requires you to prove you’ve still got it…hey, I’m hip! I’m with it! I can afford the toll of this cosmopolitan life!     But the real-real? You want to hermit in a cabin somewhere in the Rockies and sleep until 2020.     And the only thing I know how to do is ask you both the kindest and hardest question you may have been asked in quite some time:    How, my dear, are you putting yourself to bed?    Good sleep is not a luxury, it’s your birthright        What do you mean put myself to bed? The question is a confusing one. No one puts adults to bed. Adults just go to sleep or something. Tuck myself in? I wish I had the luxury.     But sleep is not a luxury. Every animal in the animal kingdom sleeps and humans are just an advanced form of walking being. Every human is born an infant, needing a tremendous amount of sleep to metabolize the speed at which our brains are developing. And a competent and loving parent realizes how precious this time is, preparing a child each night in a series of rituals to steward a key moment of development.    So, good sleep is not for other people who have more money, less responsibilities, no children, or surplus time on their hands. It’s what your body was created to do.     It’s just that In the age of modernity, however, it’s a little whacked out, and needs your help knowing how and when to. And you do that by practicing rituals that remind you how precious you are.     Good sleep is kindness. And a bedtime ritual is kindness in action.     How to wind down, on the regular.     What does a wind-down routine look like? Changing sights and sounds in your environment to let your brain know it’s time for bed.     Below is my nightly routine for your reference. Does it limit how much I go out? Yup. Do I sleep great? Sure do. Do I follow it all the time? Nope. And, with your routine, neither will you.     Taking care of yourself is not about absolutes, it’s about care. And when we start caring for how we put ourselves to sleep, we’ll begin to see why it’s so important to. Use this routine as an inspiration for your bedtime. Keep whatever nourishes. Toss the rest.        Principles of Rest     Before we change how we slow down, by thinking of our lives in principles, we can remember why we’re doing something in the first place, and always return to center if we’re off track     A few principles / affirmations  you can use to approach how you rest:      I treat myself with kindness before bed.     When I’m well-rested, I do better at work and I’m present for others in my life.      I release today and I forgive it all.       I enter a place of deep and restful sleep.         The Ritual         Turn down + light your candles.  A candle's warm glow soothes the mood , signaling night is coming. Beeswax is better for our health.         Turn the soft music up.  Celtic Beats, strings, indigenous drums can do wonders for stress relief . My favorite playlist below.       Run a bath or shower. At nighttime, hot water relieves the tight knots I’ve been nursing throughout the day and releases oxytocin to calm anxiety.      Throw epsom salts or sprinkle a few drops of essential oils that nurture sleep.  Make your own salts combos here .       Be slow, use oil. I use almond or sesame seed oil for my skin. Take your time, appreciate your skin as you move. You are taking care of you right now.         Do a little light yoga. Not too much. I get dressed in something warm or light and take a minute or two to put my legs up above my heart.  The inverted nature of the position  grounds the body, regulates blood pressure, moves stuck fluids, and slows down your breathing      Climb into bed with something warm. Not your smart phone ;). I fix a warm cup of  turmeric golden mylk  as my nightcap.         Read or journal to take intentions into sleep. I aim to be in my bed, cozy, and reading by 10pm. I have a little night light with a warm glow.         Lights out. Candles too. Welcome a peaceful rest.         Practice a sequence like this or of your own design and anticipate big changes in the way you rest.      Extra Resources    Favorite “Slow Down”  Google Play  Radio Stations: Ólafur Arnalds, Solo Jazz Guitar, Mellow Jazz,  Rosa Passos     ----     Roe Cummings |  @brownkids      Designer and Intentional Living Advocate    Roe and her partner E live how they wish: all love, not sorry. She writes, documents, and muses about the in's + out's of living a minimalist life as a person of color and moderates an extraordinary community interested in doing the same. By going minimal, she paid off $11k in debt in less than two years and is now trying to figure out with E how to take on #vanlife.

Taking care [ of Your Rest ].
The Kindness Guide to Getting Better Sleep

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Good sleep is kindness. And a bedtime ritual is kindness in action.

You, my love, are exhausted

Let’s play pretend. I’ll be the caring friend and you be the woman who’s balancing the world on her pinkie finger. You’re esteemed. You’re successful. And you, my love, are exhausted.

At work, you’ve been putting in ridiculous hours because boundaries are tough given the nature of what you do and, after-hours, your social life requires you to prove you’ve still got it…hey, I’m hip! I’m with it! I can afford the toll of this cosmopolitan life!

But the real-real? You want to hermit in a cabin somewhere in the Rockies and sleep until 2020.

And the only thing I know how to do is ask you both the kindest and hardest question you may have been asked in quite some time:

How, my dear, are you putting yourself to bed?

Good sleep is not a luxury, it’s your birthright

 

What do you mean put myself to bed? The question is a confusing one. No one puts adults to bed. Adults just go to sleep or something. Tuck myself in? I wish I had the luxury.

But sleep is not a luxury. Every animal in the animal kingdom sleeps and humans are just an advanced form of walking being. Every human is born an infant, needing a tremendous amount of sleep to metabolize the speed at which our brains are developing. And a competent and loving parent realizes how precious this time is, preparing a child each night in a series of rituals to steward a key moment of development.

So, good sleep is not for other people who have more money, less responsibilities, no children, or surplus time on their hands. It’s what your body was created to do.

It’s just that In the age of modernity, however, it’s a little whacked out, and needs your help knowing how and when to. And you do that by practicing rituals that remind you how precious you are.

Good sleep is kindness. And a bedtime ritual is kindness in action.

How to wind down, on the regular.

What does a wind-down routine look like? Changing sights and sounds in your environment to let your brain know it’s time for bed.

Below is my nightly routine for your reference. Does it limit how much I go out? Yup. Do I sleep great? Sure do. Do I follow it all the time? Nope. And, with your routine, neither will you.

Taking care of yourself is not about absolutes, it’s about care. And when we start caring for how we put ourselves to sleep, we’ll begin to see why it’s so important to. Use this routine as an inspiration for your bedtime. Keep whatever nourishes. Toss the rest.

 

Principles of Rest

Before we change how we slow down, by thinking of our lives in principles, we can remember why we’re doing something in the first place, and always return to center if we’re off track

A few principles / affirmations  you can use to approach how you rest:

  • I treat myself with kindness before bed.
  • When I’m well-rested, I do better at work and I’m present for others in my life.

  • I release today and I forgive it all.

  • I enter a place of deep and restful sleep.

     

  • The Ritual

  1. Turn down + light your candles. A candle's warm glow soothes the mood, signaling night is coming. Beeswax is better for our health.
     

  2. Turn the soft music up. Celtic Beats, strings, indigenous drums can do wonders for stress relief. My favorite playlist below.

  3. Run a bath or shower. At nighttime, hot water relieves the tight knots I’ve been nursing throughout the day and releases oxytocin to calm anxiety.

  4. Throw epsom salts or sprinkle a few drops of essential oils that nurture sleep. Make your own salts combos here.

  5. Be slow, use oil. I use almond or sesame seed oil for my skin. Take your time, appreciate your skin as you move. You are taking care of you right now.
     

  6. Do a little light yoga. Not too much. I get dressed in something warm or light and take a minute or two to put my legs up above my heart. The inverted nature of the position grounds the body, regulates blood pressure, moves stuck fluids, and slows down your breathing

  7. Climb into bed with something warm. Not your smart phone ;). I fix a warm cup of turmeric golden mylk as my nightcap.
     

  8. Read or journal to take intentions into sleep. I aim to be in my bed, cozy, and reading by 10pm. I have a little night light with a warm glow.
     

  9. Lights out. Candles too. Welcome a peaceful rest.
     

Practice a sequence like this or of your own design and anticipate big changes in the way you rest.


Extra Resources

Favorite “Slow Down” Google Play Radio Stations: Ólafur Arnalds, Solo Jazz Guitar, Mellow Jazz,  Rosa Passos

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Roe Cummings | @brownkids

Designer and Intentional Living Advocate

Roe and her partner E live how they wish: all love, not sorry. She writes, documents, and muses about the in's + out's of living a minimalist life as a person of color and moderates an extraordinary community interested in doing the same. By going minimal, she paid off $11k in debt in less than two years and is now trying to figure out with E how to take on #vanlife.

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