What's the first thing you do when you open your eyes in the morning?
What's the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Chances are, you responded, "look at my phone" or a similar response to both questions.
#NotJudging.... I do it too. A lot.
Now answer me this... how do you feel in the morning? How well do you sleep?
If the answer to both of those questions is "crummy"... we need to talk.
Your phone and other technology like iPads, TVs, etc. create artificial light. Our bodies are designed to rise with the sunlight and wind down at night. When we stare at artificial light all day and night, our brains get super confused. That could be why you have a hard time falling asleep, staying asleep and/or waking up in the morning.
Not to mention, when you grab your phone the second you get up and you see 50 unread emails, texts, calls, tragedies on the news, complaining on social media... no wonder you might be feeling anxious or upset! Ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Looking at your phone first thing and trying to deal with everything all at once is kinda like that.
So my challenge for you is to start keeping your phone in another room or off an hour before you go to bed and an hour after you wake up. No excuses! If you need to be available to certain people, turn your ringer on for them and "do not disturb" everything else or turn off notifications.
Use the hour before bed to wind down. Cuddle your pet or significant other. Read a book. Take a bath. Do something that you enjoy that relaxes you and doesn't involve a screen.
Use the hour after you wake up to get motivated and positive for the day. Meditate. Make a good breakfast. Journal. Do something that helps you wake up, inspires a productive and positive day and makes you feel calm.
Comment below with the new ritual you start before bed and in the morning and don't forget to share on social media using #hsptechfree & tag me @findyourmagichsp! I can't believe tomorrow is the last day!
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