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Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Gravity

Sleep Away the Stress: Gravity's Tips for Improving Sleep (Including Their Weighted Blanket!)

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From the challenges we face every day to what’s going on in broader society, life can be tough. We’re constantly moving from one task to the next, and before we know it, the week has flown by. With this fast-paced lifestyle, it’s easy to feel run-down. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself in a safe space to relax, de-stress, and give your body and mind the recovery they need. 

Proper self-care goes beyond what we do when we’re awake. It’s important to use the time you’re asleep to let yourself reset and recover. Sleep is linked to mood, mental health, productivity, and workplace performance. Getting good (or bad) sleep can often set the tone for your day, so it’s important to make quality sleep a part of your daily routine. Here are a few tips for better sleep!

Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

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Set the tone during the day.

During the time you’re awake, take care to properly prime your body for eventual sleep. Be sure to have a healthy diet, because what you eat affects the way you think and feel. Exercise can help decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, so try to incorporate a little cardio into your daily routine. And at some point during your day, take time to engage in meditation and/or mindfulness. Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life and may help you feel calmer.

Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

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Create a bedtime routine.

Start winding down an hour before bedtime. If you’ve ever toiled away on your laptop answering emails right up until lights-out, you’ve likely had a hard time slowing your mind down and getting to sleep. Try and settle into a relaxation routine about an hour before bedtime. Take a warm shower, watch a little TV, or try some light stretching or yoga. Try to disconnect from your phone at least 30 minutes before bedtime so you can relax and unwind. Even better, keep it out of the bedroom completely by charging it in a different room overnight!

Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Up your comfort game.

Your bedroom should be a sacred, peaceful space. The place where even after the hardest days, you can relax, de-stress, and recover. Decorate your room exactly how you want it, and be sure to make your bed extra comfy. Our recommendation? Try a Gravity Blanket—a weighted blanket that promotes better sleep and combats stress. Named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018, the Gravity Blanket uses “deep touch pressure stimulation,” which makes you feel like you’re being hugged and relaxes your nervous system. It gives you a sense of calm and comfort, allowing you to fall asleep faster and more deeply. Plus, it comes in lots of different sizes and colors so you can match your beautifully decorated bedroom.

It’s the only brand of weighted blankets that’s scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a 2019 Sleepscore Labs Study, 72% of participants reported sleep improvement, with enhanced feelings of relaxation and restfulness. 76% of users reported falling asleep faster, and 76% said they felt more rested when they woke up in the morning. 55% of users agreed that it reduced overall stress, and 78% of those who had tried other sleep products said they preferred the Gravity Blanket. 

Want to see for yourself? Use code Mindbody20 at checkout between now and March 31 for 20% off everything!

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Gravity is a premium sleep and wellness brand that creates science-backed solutions for sleep and stress, including the popular Gravity Weighted Blanket.
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Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

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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