We can’t be forever switched ON, or else very quickly we’ll start to feel, well, OFF.
We need to sleep.
Just as we can wake up the right way, as previously discussed, we can also go to bed the right way, so we can sleep well. And in order to do that, we need to take the time to unwind our body and mind, every daggum day, or we really can’t busta move as much as we want when we’re awake – and not just during our Supercharged dance breaks and other sassafrassy fitness endeavors, but in every facet of our lives.
Not enough sleep, constantly worrying, and doing-too-much-too-fast catches up to us eventually – and then quickly saps our energy.
- Kwanza Jones
FACT O’ LIFE: To be truly SUPERCHARGED we gotta Recharge, again and again and again…
Recharge is a relative term. Meaning, roses are red, violets are blue, you’ve gotta figure out what works for you! All of this is really about loving yourself and having fun with the process of self-discovery.
This might mean doing those stretches we mentioned in the sassy must-watch video above – or a host of other awesome stretches out there. It might mean following those nifty, super-helpful Tips in there too, and then adding to them as you see fit. Here are some more bedtime tips from those smarty-pantses over at Harvard.
One of the most profound Tips among all Recharge-y bedtime Tips, though, is a personal MEDITATION practice.
We saw that.
Don’t roll your eyes.
Meditation can sometimes get a bad rap. Just know, embarking upon your own meditation practice doesn’t mean you have to start wearing yoga-pants 24/7, light copious amounts of incense, only eat organic tofu, and wear crystals that you bought in the desert after a drum circle in the nude.
It can mean that, but it doesn’t have to… a.k.a. You do you.
Meditation can be as spiritual as you want it to be.
What’s cool about it is, just like stretching, it’s all about flexibility. You can incorporate any wisdom or religious tradition out there. To demonstrate, here are some quotes about meditation from a diverse array of well-known sources:
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. – Buddha
It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me. – Ellen De Generes
If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts. – Alan Cohen
When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a candle in a windless place. – Bhagavad Gita
The past has no power over the present moment. – Eckhart Tolle
Be still, and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
Meditation is like giving a hug to ourselves, getting in touch with that awesome reality in us. While meditating we feel a deep sense of intimacy with God, a love that is inexplicable. – Paramahansa Yogananda
God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. – Mother Theresa
It’s a lot easier to have a happy body with positive music, and a happy mind with positive thoughts. – Kwanza Jones
But don’t just take their word for it, or ours. There are many books, websites, and apps out there to help get you started on how to unwind through pausing.
Deepak Chopra and Oprah, for instance, have teamed up to create an app that helps guide you through various 21-day meditation experiences. It’s a bit pricy though, so if you don’t wanna dish out so much dough, just scour YouTube for allllllllllllll kinds of simple-yet-calming meditations that are perfect for bed-time unwinding. They’re out there.
Many of them will help you let go and rest easy. Here’s one for ya.
Meditation doesn’t have to incorporate anything “divine” or “infinite” if that ain’t your thing.
Mindfulness is a great example of this. Though it had its beginnings in Buddhism, “a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years.”
So what the heck is it exactly?
Psychology Today defines mindfulness as,
“a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
In other words, mindful meditation just basically helps you to pause, use your own senses, and observe your own life. It’s that simple, but the benefits are profound.
Headspace, for instance, is an awesome app for delving into mindfulness meditation. There’s even a 10-day free trial experience so you can check it out before you fully commit.
AND, if you want scientific proof that meditation of any kind is good for you, check out this massively ginormous gargantuan brain-popping list of reasons why meditation is frickin’ awesome.
All this to say, GET YOUR BOOTY MEDITATING TODAY!
You’ll sleep better, you’ll feel better, and – along with the tips and stretches we provided – you’ll wake up recharged and ready to get up and –
What are some of YOUR bedtime tips? Leave a comment below.
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