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Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Sara Lesher

Our Goodnight Toolkit: 6 Products for a Better Night’s Sleep 

Expert Advice
Beauty

We’ve all been there—tossing and turning all night long, just trying to get some shut-eye. If you have trouble sleeping, try some of our favorite products to hit the hay just a little bit quicker.

Comfy PJs

Nothing gets you ready for bedtime more than a pair of cute, comfy pajamas. Whether you prefer cotton, silk, flannel, or au-natural, choose a set that makes you feel comfy and ready to catch some Zs. Hint: we love the Catie Sleep Set from Anthropologie
 
Photo credit: Anthropologie.com 

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Comfy PJs

Nothing gets you ready for bedtime more than a pair of cute, comfy pajamas. Whether you prefer cotton, silk, flannel, or au-natural, choose a set that makes you feel comfy and ready to catch some Zs. Hint: we love the Catie Sleep Set from Anthropologie
 
Photo credit: Anthropologie.com 

Essential oils 

Plug in your diffuser, and get ready to relax. Essential oils can help with relaxation and better sleep, so if you’re feeling a little restless at bedtime, diffusing some oil in your bedroom might help calm you down. Try our favorite blend—Saje’s Peaceful Slumber
 
Photo credit: Saje.com 

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Essential oils 

Plug in your diffuser, and get ready to relax. Essential oils can help with relaxation and better sleep, so if you’re feeling a little restless at bedtime, diffusing some oil in your bedroom might help calm you down. Try our favorite blend—Saje’s Peaceful Slumber
 
Photo credit: Saje.com 

Smooth sheets 

Never underestimate the importance of some really soft sheets. We love wrapping ourselves in Bhumi’s Sateen sheet set made from 100% Fairtrade organic cotton! Warning: you may never get out of bed.  
 
Photo credit: Bhumi.com

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Smooth sheets 

Never underestimate the importance of some really soft sheets. We love wrapping ourselves in Bhumi’s Sateen sheet set made from 100% Fairtrade organic cotton! Warning: you may never get out of bed.  
 
Photo credit: Bhumi.com

CBD

Using CBD can help us relax and keep our minds from racing late at night. We love to use the Jasper Organics Restful Roll-On on our neck, chest, and forearms at the end of a long day to slow down and start snoozing. Not sure exactly what CBD is? Here’s everything you need to know.
 
Photo credit: Jasperorganics.com 

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CBD

Using CBD can help us relax and keep our minds from racing late at night. We love to use the Jasper Organics Restful Roll-On on our neck, chest, and forearms at the end of a long day to slow down and start snoozing. Not sure exactly what CBD is? Here’s everything you need to know.
 
Photo credit: Jasperorganics.com 

Silk Sleep Mask 

Sometimes, we really just need to keep the light out to stay asleep throughout the night. Try Lunya’s Washable Silk Sleep Mask to block the rays and keep you cozy. Bonus: it also covers your ears to “shhh” all that background noise. 
 
Photo credit: Lunya.co

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Silk Sleep Mask 

Sometimes, we really just need to keep the light out to stay asleep throughout the night. Try Lunya’s Washable Silk Sleep Mask to block the rays and keep you cozy. Bonus: it also covers your ears to “shhh” all that background noise. 
 
Photo credit: Lunya.co

Supplements

If you’ve tried just about everything else, you may want to find some natural supplements to help increase your sleep hormone production. Try Goop’s Knock Me Out bite-size soft chew supplements when your insomnia just can’t be beaten.  
 
Photo credit: goop.com

 

Want to take it one step further? Check out some sleep-inducing habits we like to do before bed.

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Supplements

If you’ve tried just about everything else, you may want to find some natural supplements to help increase your sleep hormone production. Try Goop’s Knock Me Out bite-size soft chew supplements when your insomnia just can’t be beaten.  
 
Photo credit: goop.com

 

Want to take it one step further? Check out some sleep-inducing habits we like to do before bed.

Sara Lesher
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Sara Lesher
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. As Mindbody’s marketing content associate, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar