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Our sleep patterns often suffer when we’re Starting Over Single. Managing to add the proper hours for quality sleep seems a daunting task, especially when we’re working several jobs and we have all the responsibilities with the kids.
But studies have proven we need at least eight hours of sleep each night – and some of us need more than eight. You will have to determine what is best for you.
Your health is important and sleep is one of the components of quality self-care.
At the beginning of the SOS journey, you may worry about the finances and the emotional woundings of your children – plus your own grief. Insomnia may be a regular companion.
But you can work against those worries and help yourself relax so you can truly rest. What you didn’t finish today, you can put at the top of your list for tomorrow.
One of the key points for getting your own sleep is to make sure you set those boundaries for the children.
Eight o’clock on a school night is a good rule. After chores are finished and homework complete, it’s off to bed. Doors shut. Lights out. Activities on school nights should be limited. Children need quality rest and sleep as much as we do.
Then set a healthy boundary for yourself and go to bed. Sleep. Dream. Make it a priority.
Try some of these tips for relaxation:
- Take a bubble bath with lavender.
- Try some lavender essential oils.
- Drink a cup of chamomile tea.
- Read Psalm 46 and ask God to help you, “Be still and know that He is God.”
- On Sundays, allow yourself the pleasure of a nap. If you need a reminder, read this blog post: http://rjthesman.net/2013/11/05/rejuvenate-with-the-holy-nap/
- Read a story to your children before bed. This will help all of you to relax.
- No caffeine and no food after 7pm.
- Spend some time in quiet journaling.
- Tell yourself, “Goodnight.”
- Sing a lullaby.
- Do some deep breathing exercises.
What are some of your best ideas for quality rest and falling asleep?
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