It’s an endless cycle.
There are many things that can be affecting the quantity and quality of your sleep. And there are many things you can do to help yourself.
Relaxing your mind and body properly is a must..
Sitting on the sofa watching TV isn’t as relaxing as you might think.
A glass of wine might make you *feel* more relaxed, but it disturbs your sleep.
Relaxation means releasing stress in your mind and body.
It comes when you learn to manage your energy and emotions, so that your body and mind are ready for sleep at the right time.
Simple lifestyle changes, and greater self care, can transform your sleep, which in turn can transform your life!
Sleep Well Mamma
I have created the Sleep Well Mamma course so you can use these tools to create better sleep for yourself.
The Sleep Well Mamma course is a 6 week online course that will begin on April 20 2020
The course will teach you simple but profound practices that will enable you to relax your mind and body.
What we will cover
Breathing techniques for better sleep
Underpinning the whole course is learning to breathe better. When you learn to breathe better, to take control of your breath, and use it consciously, you can take control of your physical and emotional state. This is a powerful tool in the battle against insomnia and poor sleep.
Throughout the course, we will practice different breathing techniques to help you develop awareness of your breath, increase your lung capacity and control, and use your breath to help you relax and manage your emotions.
You will also learn some practices that can energise you on those days when you don’t sleep so well!
These practices will have a profound impact on the rest of your life. Learning to breathe better improves every aspect of your wellbeing, you will be amazed at the transformation from this alone!
Single mothers, and most mothers in fact, will put others’ needs before their own, thinking that they must only do things for themselves when others are taken care of.
The simple truth is that the opposite is true. We cannot give of ourselves when we are running on empty. If you want to give your best to your the people and things that are important to you, you simply must make self care a priority in your life.
When you’re ill, exhausted and pushed to the point of burn out, how can you be the mother/wife/friend/colleague that you need to be?
If you are in survival mode, you cannot give from a place of love and compassion. True love and compassion begins with the love and compassion you give to yourself.
Only when you are well, happy and healthy can you show up in the world as the loving, compassionate, warm being you truly are.
In this module, we will examine the impact that a lack of self care is having in your life, and why you and your loved ones deserve and need better.
Relaxation and sleep
In order to get a good night’s sleep, it is important that you relax your body and mind. It is impossible to get deep, refreshing sleep if you are tense, mentally or physically.
In this module, we will look at relaxation, what it is, and what it isn’t. I will be busting some myths about relaxation, and encouraging you to look at relaxation in a new light.
We will look at the Yoga view of relaxation, going deeper into relaxing the mind and body than you might expect.
During this week, you will have some downloadable relaxation mp3s you can listen to anytime you need a deep relaxation, and we will have a live group class one evening where I will guide you through a gentle practice to help you relax your body and mind deeply (this will be recorded and available at your leisure if you can’t attend live)
Clearing the mind to get better sleep
Do you often find that you get into bed, and then are kept awake by a running commentary in your mind of regrets, worries and to-do lists? Or maybe the inner chat is about something you are excited about? While that is more fun, it still stops you relaxing enough to get to sleep.
In this module we will look at some ways we can let go of worries at bedtime, so that we aren’t kept awake by an inner monologue of worry, to-do lists and fretting. There are many ways we can ‘declutter’ the mind each evening, and we will explore a range of these throughout the week.
Let’s get physical - the importance of exercise!
Physical exercise will help you reduce stress and tire your body, encouraging better sleep.
It can be hard to fit in exercise when you are so busy, but in the long run it will help. Releasing stress, keeping your body healthy and improving sleep will all help you to manage your hectic workload much better.
In this module we will explore ways you can incorporate exercise into your life, whether that is fitting it into your work day, exercising with the kids, or buddying up with another Mum friend to blend exercise with social life and looking after the kids!
I will be sharing some simple, short yoga based exercise videos you can use at a variety of times throughout the day, including desk movement, morning and evening routines, and a short ‘loosen up at lunchtime; routine you can do in your lunch break.
Creating routines to support sleep
Good sleep requires consistent morning and evening wake and sleep times. The best way to implement this is to establish morning and evening routines that support your energy and relaxation.
In this module you will look at how you can create your day to ensure that you take care of your needs and responsibilities, and get the best sleep you can!
We will look at how you can ensure that you create these healthy habits as you move forward in life, and look at which of the new tools you have learned will work best for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I cant do everything in the course?
You don’t have to! Not everything in the course will resonate with everyone. And that’s ok. If you’re really strapped for time, or find you really can’t get on with one suggested practice, just pick one practice and really work with that. We can chat about your situation and I can help you work out one practice that will benefit you most, and you will still gain loads, and still get the benefits of the support of the group!
Do I need to complete the course within the 6 weeks?
No, you will have access to the course materials for 3 months in total, and I will be there to support you, The benefits come when you practice what you learn and make it part of your day, so I want to help you implement your learning
How much time will i need to spend each week on the course?
The work itself shouldn’t take you more than an hour to work through at the most basic level. But as with everything, the more you can give to this, the more you can get from it. The aim of the course is to help you create new daily habits that will support you to sleep better, improving your overall wellbeing. The more you can make time for this, even if it is in small pockets throughout the day, the more you will gain. This will br the focus of our first week’s group call, helping you create space in your life for you.
I'm too busy for this, I've got kids to look after!
Your children will benefit from their mum having more energy, feeling more centred, and making sure she is well. But if you’re really worried about taking time from them, there is lots you can do with them. They will benefit from learning to relax and soothe their own emotions too, if you share the course lessons with then, they’ll benefit now and in the future. It really is a fantastic investment in them too!