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Sunday, 1 July 2018

Top Pillars For Wellbeing

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Today I thought I'd write a blog post about my top kind of 'pillars for health' and why I'm trying to do them more to benefit my wellbeing. Funnily enough, I sit writing this post at 1am. Not a good start for your wellbeing Em. See that's the thing, like so many of us, I understand the importance of good sleep and exercise but do I take my own advice? Not all the time. Let's discuss.  This is a collaboration with Leesa sleep. 

Sleep -  When I was younger, it was cool to stay up late. Now I'm at the ripe old age of 24, I enjoy nothing more than getting into bed. I actually dream of it. I value my sleep and I need it. My bed is my happy place (mainly since I got a Leesa mattress yeaaaaars ago and still to this day my bed feels like a cloud, seriously, everyone comments on how cosy it is). When I wake up in the morning, I always long for longer in my bed, I can count on my hand the last time I actually felt as if I'd had enough sleep though. Comfort aside, I definitely don't get the hours in and that's my fault. To be totally honest, most mornings I wake up feeling like I could snooze for another 3 hours  Why? Because as my Mum would say: I burn the candle at both ends. I go to bed way too late and then get up early. Even if I find myself burning the candle at both ends though, going to bed too late and waking up too early, I can rest assured knowing that the quality of my sleep has improved so much, thanks to the Leesa mattress. But Em, it’s just a mattress? Wrong. It’s so much more than just a mattress. To give you a quick overview on why I love the Leesa mattress so much, it is made from 3 high quality foam layers, that work together and adjust to your body, feeling like a massive supportive hug! I feel like it’s actually got better in time.

You can order the mattress online and it is delivered in a handy sized box (just over a metre tall) . You also get a 100 night risk free trial, so you can really try it out in the comfort of your own bedroom. If you aren’t sleeping better, all you have to do is let them know and they will arrange for it to be collected and donated to a local charity, and give you a full refund! I personally love that they donate it to a local charity as charity is very close to my heart. I’m not gonna bore you with the science but there's a lot of evidence that shows sleep deprivation isn't good and it's one of those easy things we can keep on top of to benefit our bodies and minds. Part of me blames University, it was cool to stay up and work until 5am when I was a student. Part of me blames myself for taking too much on 'there aren't enough hours in the day' but maybe if I got better at structuring my life, went to bed early, got up early and PUT MY PHONE DOWN (it distracts me like crazy) then maybe I'd wake up feeling revived. So my promise to myself this year? I'm really going to try focus on getting more sleep. Some weeks I'm really good and I force myself to make my bed time earlier and earlier every night and I can't tell you how good I feel the next morning. Like most of you, my daily life can be quite hectic, so it is really important to me to get good quality sleep to make sure I have the energy to take on the challenges of the new day.

leesa matress

Quickfire top tips for a better nights sleep? 

- Put your phone down an hour before bed, do something tranquil like read or a book or a magazine.

- Spray ThisWorks, Neom or Aveda mists on your pillow - they seriously help to zen me out. 

- Have a cup of sleepy tea, I love Twinings and Welleco Sleep tea and Heath and Heather. 

- Have a bath, nothing calms me like a bath before bed. 

- Set yourself 'sleep goals', as weird as that sounds, I now use the 'sleep app' on the iphone and it reminds me at 1am every night that I MUST SLEEP NOW in order to get my 8 hours in. I listen to my phone like I'd listen to my Mum. Lights off, good night world! I can then monitor and track my sleep better. 

- Finally, get a good mattress, it's an investment and probably the best investment you will ever buy for your health and mind. I've had my Leesa for YEARS. I have lost count. It gets better with time. It is definitely worth investing in one that you know you can rely on to give you a comfortable night, and supports your body so you don’t wake up stiff and groggy in the morning. With the Leesa mattress, I feel I’ve definitely been able to improve the quality of my sleep, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone else looking to make that change. It makes me so happy to hear that they also donate one mattress to charity for every ten they sell, usually to homeless shelters or charities combatting human trafficking, so it’s great to know you’re buying from a company that likes to give back to society. It makes me love them even more as charity is something very close to my heart so when a company gives back, I want to give to them!

Exercise - Just like sleep is important, so is moving. I was watching a Ted Talk the other day and it said: "If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented," (Dr Nick Cavill) and this is so true. The endorphins, the positive energy we get and of course, the health benefits, not to mention how it makes me sleep better too. However, first and foremost, without proper sleep there is no point in exercising. I say this in so many of my blog posts, focus on getting your sleep in order first and then push yourself to work out. I'd rather ensure I've had an extra hour in bed and make up for the lack of sleep than force myself into a brutal workout. Sleep is just as important for your body. 

Quickfire top tips for exercise? 

- Don't see it as a chore, getting there is the hardest bit.

- Figure out what kind of exercise works for you, is it walking? swimming? running? try new things.

- Get a workout buddy, even if they only virtually work out with you, text each other each workout! 

- Ensure you are well rested enough, rest days are just as important as working out. 

- You never regret a workout. 


Hydration - Something I definitely need to work on more is hydration from within. I'm pretty good at hydrating my skin but my whole body? Not so good. There are so many proven benefits of drinking water, including helping your concentration, energy levels and skin so why do I find it so difficult to drink water? I will literally avoid drinking until I am severely dehydrated. This is something I am definitely going to work more on this year. 

Quickfire top tips for hydration? 

- Carry a big reusable bottle of water around with you. See it as your challenge to get rid of the weight from your bag and drink it.

- Use the bottle of water to monitor how much you are actually drinking. 

- Put a bottle or glass next to your bed and have it as soon as you wake up 

Laughing - Last but certainly not least, a very important pillar of wellbeing, laughter. I honestly think having a social life and laughing is totally underrated. If you've read my blog post about burn out you'll know I am a total workaholic, embarrassingly so. It's really important to loosen up so that means me actually shutting my laptop and laughing! Speaking to friends, socializing. Never underestimate how good laughing and smiling is for your wellbeing.

So there we have it, a few little ways I think you can boost your wellbeing, so whether you go for a hot steamy bath, have a giggle with some old friends, replace that old mattress with a Leesa and actually get enough hours in on it, I hope this helps you! 

Do you have any wellbeing tips or sleep tips? 

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*This is a paid collaboration with Leesa Sleep but as always is 100% my honest opinion. 

Lots of love, Em x

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