Top 10 things to do fall asleep faster.

  1. Turn off ALL electronic devices.
    Whether it’s your phone, iPad, TV, etc… turn it off or at least put it out of reach. Try not to use any of these devices at least 30 minutes before going to bed. No checking your email, text messages, etc… it’s time for bed.
  2. Take a melatonin.
    Sometimes we need that extra nudge to fall asleep. I think over-the-counter “sleeping aids” are known to have addictive attributes so when I need it I prefer to take natural melatonin.
  3. Read a book.
    It never fails, when I read a book while in bed it only takes a few chapters before drowsiness takes over especially if I’ve already done at least 2 other things on this list.
  4. Listen to natural sounds track.
    There is an APP that I like to use called Sleep Pillow because it allows me to choose certain sounds (crackling fire and rain is my favorite combination) and I can choose to have it loop and set a timer so it will automatically shut off after a certain amount of time.
  5. Take a shower.
    If I don’t do anything else this is the one thing I do every night. Showers have a way of regulating your body temperature and I sincerely believe showering before bed really helps one relax. At the very least I recommend you wash your face, it makes a difference.
  6. Make the room cool temperature.
    I get cold very easily so this one isn’t as critical for me however my husband cannot fall asleep at all if the room temperature is not cool.
  7. Take the time to stretch.
    When you find yourself tossing and turning sometimes getting out of bed and stretching your arms and legs help.
  8. Drink water.
    I don’t mean drink a whole bottle of water or anything because that will definitely wake you up in the middle of night because you’d have to use the bathroom. Sometimes half a glass is enough to satisfy your thirst. While you’re at it though, you should probably relieve yourself in the restroom if you haven’t already.
  9. Put on loose clothing.
    Some people like to sleep naked. I can’t do that as I get too sweaty when I don’t have clothes on (weird I know). Jeans, longsleeves, socks (unless it’s really cold for some reason) will not do, put on some loose clothing to ensure a successful wind down to dream land.
  10. Make the bed.
    When all else fails get up, make the bed then crawl in. I know it sounds crazy at a glance but seriously, if nothing else has worked, why not? ūüėČ
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2. Pay attention to the news.

I finished this book called “101 Ways to Rock Your World” by Dayna Steele yesterday. ¬†I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone wanting to change things up in life and be productive overall. ¬†What caught my attention initially was actually her first tip: 1. Wake up early. ¬†

Since I’ve made it a point to do exactly this recently it immediately caught my attention which ultimately made me decide to purchase it one afternoon while visiting Half Price Books Store (I had a 40% off coupon to use after all.) – Waking up early not only gives you more time in the day but it also helps kick start it. I admit, it absolutely SUCKS at first but once your body gets used to it, you’ll thank yourself for making the change.

The one tip that I do not agree with though is actually her second one: 2. Pay attention to the news. ¬†Perhaps my mindset should be changed around this but for now here is what I think… there is just so many negative things in the news nowadays. ¬†I do not think it would be very productive to start the day off listening, reading, or watching all the negativity portrayed on the news. I mean, just because you don’t pay attention to it doesn’t mean it’s not happening of course, but my question is… when is something ever shown on the news that directly affects me? The weather maybe? (Even that’s not 100% accurate!) How often do we hear people talk about what they heard on the news…yet do we ever hear them talk about how they are personally going to try and resolve the problem? ¬†What’s the use of “being aware” if we have no interest in the actual solution to the problems?

What is your take on this? Do you think it’s important for people to pay attention to the news on the daily basis?

Train Yourself to Wake Up Early

So lately I’ve been seriously considering waking up earlier in the morning. ¬†Normally I stay in bed until about 7:30am and rush to make it out of the house by 8:00am and get to work to beat the traffic. ¬†I’m usually able to make it to work 20 minutes early but at the expense of that early stress.

Sometimes I take the time to buy breakfast which usually consists of a breakfast taco and large coffee and costs me $4.  Other times I go without breakfast and wait until lunch to have my first meal of the day and ultimately killing my metabolism in the process.

I’ve been wanting to lead a more active lifestyle but am usually too tired to do anything by the end of the day and wearing myself out during the pm road traffic.

The daily grind of waking up, rushing to work, then going home, eat dinner, then go to sleep gets pretty old by Wednesday morning – I know waking up earlier will grant me time to spend doing something I enjoy. Ultimately though waking up means gaining more personal time.

I know it won’t happen overnight but ultimately my goal is to be OK with getting up at 5am, every day. ¬†I know the key thing is to do something that I enjoy first thing to motivate me to leave my warm bed.

How much time of our weekends are taken up by laundry or general house cleaning?  A lot of time can be saved by cleaning up little by little during the week which can be achieved 5-10 minutes every morning.

So just to recap… the advantages of training yourself to wake up early in the morning…

  • More time to do what you like/love
  • Eat breakfast
  • Exercise
  • Save money
  • Save time

New Years Resolutions (Thing of the past?)

So looking at social media lately…I was a bit surprised to see so many people…NOT declaring New Years Resolutions. ¬†It seems like there is this unspoken stigma of setting “New Years Resolutions” and that if you do then chances are you will NOT keep up with them. ¬†As a matter of fact, I believe I see more people talking about how they are setting any this year. ¬†I think it’s interesting to see that happening.

I am firm believer that setting goals are important. ¬†In order to know where you’re headed you must have destination. ¬†I also believe in enjoying the ride though. ¬†Goals are important but I think it’s more important that in this moment in time to be happy. To be thankful for all that you do have right now and for all of the things you are able to do right now. ¬†I believe that being happy with yourself in the present can really pave a smooth path for you and your future goals.

Volunteer to make friends?

So I’ve decided to volunteer to help feed the hungry tomorrow. ¬†I have never volunteered before (outside of school and work) so this is officially a first experience for me. ¬†I’ve moved to a new city and have yet to find a new job and friends. ¬†I’m hoping to find a friend while volunteering but at the least I will be helping people and that’s good right?

My desire to interact with people really comes up in the grocery store where I find myself randomly chatting up with others for recipe advice and what-not. I must say it is MUCH easier to do this in Texas than it is in California. Whenever I attempted to start a conversation with someone out there in the store they would just give me this look like “Why are you talking to me?” or “What are you trying to sell me?” Yes in Texas it is much easier to say “Hi how are you?” then carry on a small conversation with someone you completely don’t know.

I remember back in school it was so easy to make friends I mean, you literally could go to another student ask if they have a spare pencil, comment on how cool their notebook looks and BOOM you’re friends! ¬†I remember back in elementary an old school friend literally walked up to me and say do you want to be my friend and I said sure. ¬†This method isn’t applicable in the ‘real/adult’ world is it? ¬†It seems so much more difficult to make friends as an adult. ¬†Can one walk to another person in the produce aisle, comment about fruit, and ask if they want to be friends? ¬†Why not?

Indulge: Tears of Laughter

When you’re with someone for so long I think it’s interesting how you learn to correspond with another. ¬†I’m not sure if I’m communicating this properly but let me try. ¬†Take humor for instance. ¬†Some people are more sarcastic than other – while some find this very amusing there are others who aren’t as amused.

As for myself and my husband I love how we interact with another and because we are so close we find certain things amusing that we say or do to one another that others might thing is absurd. ¬†It’s like the concept of “inside jokes” amongst close friends. ¬†There are things that happen between friends that hang out with one another for so long that when they are reminded of those situations uncontrollable laughter happens.

I think everybody deserves to laugh until they have tears in their eyes – moments where it is almost irrational why they are laughing so hard, so hard that their sides start to hurt and they are barely able to catch their breaths. ¬†I remember when I was younger and hanging out with my close group of friends we would frequent the bookstore. ¬†There were times I don’t even remember why I was laughing so hard but I remember laughing so hard and as I desperately try to calm myself down (my friends failing to do the same) I can’t help but laugh even harder desperately trying not to be loud.

It’s such an amazing feeling to lose yourself like that sometimes and it’s something that should happen more often than not. ¬†Yet, people today are so caught up with the negatives in life they won’t allow themselves to feel happiness of this level.

When was the last time you’ve laughed until you were crying?

One step closer to organizing my book collection.

IMG_20150713_105109Today I shipped off 6 books I even had a conversation about it with the post office cashier. ¬†She wondered why I was sending all these different books to different address and I told her. Within the next week or so I should have a total of 11 credits for my future book requests on PaperbackSwap. For now I am looking forward to finishing this decluttering of books. I’ve got a total of 4 boxes of books. Two of which I am keeping and another two of ones I am not.
First Box: Books I intend on reading in the next two months.

Second Box: Books I intend to keep because I love them or ones that I intend on reading but know I won’t get to until later
Third and Fourth Box: Books that I am willing to trade away. ¬†If you’re a member as well¬†here is a link to my PaperbackSwap profile:¬†http://shawie.paperbackswap.com/profile/

So the technique I used to organize my books in boxes is I first stacked all of my books (already decided which ones to keep and which ones not to keep) Placed  all of the tallest ones at the bottom and the shortest ones to the top.  I layers the books and they fit like I was playing Tetris or something!  Doing this allowed me to place all of them in boxes and I am able to see in a glance the book titles.