2020 has been a stressful year for everyone. All of that stress can’t be relieved with a traditional vacation either thanks to covid-19, so how are you supposed to relax? Taking a staycation is one of the best ways to mentally reset and relax from your daily life without putting yourself at risk of contracting covid-19. While a staycation sounds great in theory, actually relaxing enough to catch up on some much-needed sleep is easier said than done. Try some of these tips to make your staycation sleep easier!
Try a Sleepy Time Tonic
Drinking tea before bed isn’t a new concept, but have you ever tried a sleepy time tonic? This recipe Utilizes natural herbs and healthy ingredients to create a truly relaxing (and delicious!) nighttime treat. The recipe is dairy free and can be altered to meet any other dietary needs you may have. A sleepy time tonic is a wonderful way to ease your stress of the day and use natural ingredients to encourage restful sleep.
Take a Break From Electronics
Quarantine and extra time at home has led to more screen time than ever. While screen time isn’t always bad, it’s definitely bad for sleep. Taking a break from electronics will allow you to calm your mind and stop trying to keep up with every new social media trend or work email. Turn your electronics off or put them on do not disturb mode and commit to leaving them off. If you aren’t able to take a break for the entirety of your staycation, at least commit to unplugging for 2 hours before bed. The lights from electronic devices inhibits your natural ability to produce melatonin and sleep soundly. This is a healthy habit that you should carry into daily life for better sleep, not just during your staycation!
Create a Routine
Humans thrive on routine. Parents know how important a bedtime routine is to get young children to sleep soundly, so why would adults be any different? Create a bedtime routine that you enjoy and that helps you relax. Overtime, your brain will recognize that the routine beginning means sleep is happening soon and falling asleep with come more quickly. Your routine might include nighttime skincare, reading a book, meditation, or whatever else brings out your inner zen!
A staycation may not be as fun as a traditional vacation, but it can be just as relaxing!