Beautiful vivid cloudscape with many stars. Night sky with bright full moon and cloudy, serenity blue nature background. Outdoor at nighttime with moonlight. The moon taken with my own camera.

Stress is becoming a growing concern in everyday life. Many people feel pressured to do more, be better, establish ourselves in an ever demanding business and private life. The pressure to fill our lives with continuous high quality occasions whilst maintaining successful careers and companies allows for time to sit down and read a book or listen to music. Stress is getting to be a major element in absenteeism from work.

Personal alarm signs

Learning how to understand ourselves is a key to better enhanced health and wellbeing. I often discuss traffic lights with my customers. If the green light is on then the visitors can proceed through the intersection, going about its own business. When the red light is on all of the traffic comes to a standstill and must wait to be told to proceed again. The amber light is the warning light, that things will be coming to a standstill soon. We will need to become conscious of our personal traffic light signals. They tell us when things are good, poor or in need of attention.

When we begin to experience our own mixture of warnings then it’s time to take stock of what is going on and look after ourselves better. There are dozens and dozens of symptoms of stress and pressure, from headaches, blurred vision, poor concentration, loss of libido, poor sleeping patterns, irritability.

Becoming aware of our personal alarm signs gives us important information before things get too seriously wrong.

Importance of Sleep

Sleep is a significant part of our support system. How often will someone say ‘do not make a fast decision today, sleep on it and see how you feel tomorrow’? Often, by the following day things will look different. We may well feel calmer, less influenced by someone or something, we might look at it in an entirely different way. This is time for the conscious mind to take some time out from its logical and rational approach and enable the subconscious mind to research alternative choices and views in a free, unrestricted manner.

This often happens through dreams. Many folks say they do not dream, but studies have found that all of us dream many dreams each night and are programmed to overlook them upon waking up. Fitful and restless sleep or broken sleep patterns may happen when a man is quite stressed or anxious and finding it hard to solve a circumstance. Sometimes writing down all of the concerns or issues can help cope better. This permits the brain to be freed from moving over the thoughts – what’s on the list and may be referred to if required. Then the ideas can stop and the brain can become clearer.

This is why it’s crucial to support ourselves in every area of our lives. We understand how important it is to keep our vehicle, we want it, rely on it for company, picking up kids, doing errands, maintaining a social life, so we have it serviced regularly, keep it full of petrol and oil. We don’t expect it to run on empty. Think about treating ourself with the exact same commitment.

Sleep is an important part of the support procedure. Treating it as a positive ending to every day is a huge step.

Greater balance in life

Here are the positive things to consider to get a greater quality and balance in life, so obvious and yet so often ignored.

  • eating a nutritious diet, instead of eating fast unhealthy snacks full of fat and sugar is critical.
  • taking exercise, even only a brief power walk for twenty minutes two/ three times per week can be of advantage.
  • regular exercise, especially for someone with a hefty ‘psychological’ based job gives a fantastic diversion
  • eating sooner instead of later in the day, and not overly hot food
  • cut back on alcohol consumption in the week. It can especially  cause erratic dreams that may cause an unsettled feeling the following day.

And making that commitment to appropriate sleep, by taking several important steps.

  • think of winding down a few hours before bed.
  • maintain the bedroom clutter free. Try to keep it as a serene, relaxing place where you go to unwind
  • avoid intense conversations late at night. Save them for when the two parties are more able to talk about things properly
  • make sure that the bedroom smells pleasant, is well ventilated, with a comfortable mattress
  • take a relaxing bath or shower pre-bed. Maybe use essential oils or candles. Enjoy washing off the times’ stresses.
  • perhaps play relaxing music, or read a favorite book.

And then just relax in your comfy bed. Take the pressure off trying to get to sleep. Just allow yourself to concentrate on relaxing the body and revel in the quiet time. Sleep frequently follows quite naturally.