Everyone needs a good night sleep. There is nothing like waking up to a brand new morning while feeling fresh and well-rested. As you feel re-energized upon waking, you’ll feel that you can conquer anything that will come your day.
For some people, sleeping comes easy. They can just lie down, shut their eyes and let sleep come to them. But for some, sleeping can be a frustrating ordeal. We prepared 7 scientific and practical tips that will help you achieve a good night sleep.
1. Take a hot bath
Taking a hot bath before sleeping not only removes the dirt and grime of the day from your super busy day but it also lowers your body temperature. The rapid cool down after you get out of that relaxing hot bath will make you feel sleepy. So draw that bath and put drops of Rose Moon – Body Oil to help your skin retain its moisture. Spoil your self more, use the Faerie Coconut Milk Bath, its magickal formulation is especially made to destress the body and calm the mind. If you love baths or if you know someone who do, get this Goddess Ritual Bath Set, it includes witch-crafted items that comes in a beautiful hand-crafted wooden box that will surely take your pampering to the next level.
Faerie Coconut Milk Bath, $36
Goddess Ritual Bath - Gift Set, $89
2. Set a bedtime
Our body has a regular natural sleep-wake cycle or what experts refer to as the circadian rhythm. Having a schedule of sleeping and/or waking up will get our bodies in sync with our circadian rhythm thus helping us get a quality sleep. To attain good sync, you must avoid altering the times you sleep or you wake up. Try to set a time, same as everyday for your bed time.
3. Turn off electronics
We are all guilty of scrolling through our phones or watching the TV before going to bed. If you think that the light of those screens are helping you sleep, think again. Our body produces melatonin, a naturally occuring hormone that helps us fall asleep. Our brain secretes more melatonin when it’s dark so avoiding screens hours before our bed time will help us fall asleep easier. So make sure to turn off your phones before sleeping.
4. Get cozy!
Nothing beats a warm, cozy bed when you’re tired from work or when you just wanna chill. Invest on those fluffy pillows, comfy blankets, and smooth sheets and get excited when it’s near your bed time. It’s a smart move to invest on beddings because we spend almost half of our days in bed. Get this Spirit Nest Original design Ouija Dream Bedding Set, it will surely make your dreams inspiring. Improving your sleep environment will surely help you doze off easily.
5. Clear your head
Do you find yourself pondering on life’s deepest secrets whenever you plop down to bed? Somehow, you’ll slowly get lost in your thoughts and you’ll find your self wide awake, unable to sleep. Well, it’s time to change this habit. Try writing your thoughts before bed with the intention that you’ll review them when you wake up the next day. Use this powerful 7 Chakra Stone Energy Generator to guide your thoughts and balance your mood.This way, your mind can relax and you can empty your brain to let those zzz’s come in.
7 Chakra Stone Energy Generator, $24.95
6. Drink tea
Avoid drinking coffee or tea, at least those with caffeine hours before your bed time. Caffeine is a stimulant and it will make your brain active. You might want to also avoid over eating, you might experience discomfort or worse get heart burn or acid reflux. For days when you can avoid eating huge meals, try drinking herbal decaffeinated or sleepy time chamomile tea on this cute No Mud, No Lotus Mug as it will help you digest your food well and have a good night sleep.
No Mud, No Lotus Mug, $14.95
7. Breathing exercises
A quick tip to fall asleep instantly is to do some breathing exercises. Try this trick called 4-7-8 technique developed by Dr. Michelle Gordon of the Northern Westchester Surgical Associates in New York. Just follow this breathing pattern 1) Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds 2) Hold your breath for 7 seconds 3) Blow the air out of your mouth and make a “whoosh” sound for 8 seconds. Repeat the process for at least 3 times. This helpful technique will surely relax your mind, helping you to fall asleep quickly. For an added relaxation tip, light this Lavender + Rosemary Candle in a Mason Jar, the scent of lavender can instantly calm your mind while the rosemary scent stimulates it, creating a zen-like mood in your brain.
Lavender + Rosemary Mason Jar, $24
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As we welcome in the warm month of August, we kick off the birthday season of the mighty lion sign, Leo, preparing us for an inspired, confident, and roaring month of creativity and opportunity. Be prepared for some major inspiration in your creative endeavors, as well as a boost in your personal power, as these are what this glamorous fire sign is all about. But, aside from the influence of the daring Leo, we will also be welcoming in some other rambunctious energy this month with the retrograde of 4 planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto, and Uranus), which is likely to leave the energy in the air a little chaotic and unpredictable. We may find ourselves in a bit of a mental fog as we revisit energies, problems, and people of the past and must tread very carefully through each of them.
Aside from this, August will also be bringing the Lionsgate Portal, which will be coinciding with the new moon on August 8th. This is a powerful day of cosmic opportunity that only comes once a year as we connect with higher frequencies and move into alignment with our divine selves. It is also a very lucky day for manifestation and abundance work, so get ready for some karmic energy to take place. The month will then end in the earth sign of the humble Virgo and welcome in a full moon in Aquarius, bringing individualism, community, and a final close to certain doors in our life. This is not a time to act rashly.
Overall, August is expected to be a highly energetic month full of opportunities for new creative outlets and a better alignment with our divine selves overall. But to give you a deeper look into what you can expect personally, today, we're going to touch on what energies and changes each Zodiac sign can expect to feel throughout the powerful month of August and how you can truly make the most of it. Let’s get started.
As we transition out of the blazing heat of July, we begin to slowly shift into the cooler days of the harvest season. With the coming of August, we enter the first of the three harvest festivals known as Lughnasadh. Lughnasadh (also known as the Lammas or the grain harvest) is one of the eight sabbats of the Wheel of the Year that marks the start of the harvest season. This is the time of which we begin to reap the rewards of the labor we’ve put in the last few months and give thanks to the earth for its abundant harvest. However, Lughnasadh also means we begin preparation for the cooler months of the second half of the year and begin to shift our focus towards the act of slowing down. Therefore, this is a very significant time of mental and physical change for everyone. And today, we’re going to talk all about it.
In this article, we're going to go over everything having to do with Lughnasadh. From its history to its correspondences, traditions, and a few ways you can celebrate it today, let’s dive in and get started with everything you need to know about this merry sabbat.
The moon is considered to be one of the most divine sources of healing energy when it comes to spiritual practices. Connecting directly with our soul energy, ritual practices have been based around lunar cycles for centuries. From dances in the woods on the full moon to powerful intention-setting rituals on new moons, the moon guides us to journey within ourselves to set our inner magic free. But if dancing naked in the forest isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there are plenty of other ways to harness the moon’s energy in a modern sense, and one of the most popular ways to do that is through moon water.
Moon water is one of the most simple and common practices to perform to collect the moon’s energy and can be done in just a few minutes by anyone with access to water and a container. Here's a simple beginner's guide to making moon water at home and how you can use it in your daily spiritual practices.