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MINDFUL MAY

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Join the BlueFit team as we get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and well-being this May with Mindful May!

Originating in Australia, the Mindful in May initiative invites people worldwide to commit to a month-long mindfulness challenge to cultivate mental clarity, emotional balance and overall well-being.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment. It helps us accept our thoughts and feelings without judgment, making it easier to handle life's ups and downs. Mindfulness isn't just about feeling good; it's scientifically proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It also boosts focus, emotional balance, and satisfaction with life.

Join the Mindful May Challenge!

This week, join us as we continue our four-week journey of mindfulness challenges. Let's explore mindfulness together and discover its benefits for our well-being. Last week we took a look at Gratitude, this week we look at the importance of sleep.

Week 4: Sleep

Mindfulness, the practice of being present and fully engaged in the moment, is closely connected to our sleep patterns and quality. Good sleep enhances cognitive functions like attention and emotional regulation, which support mindfulness practices. Conversely, mindfulness can improve sleep by reducing stress, anxiety, and rumination, common causes of sleep disturbances.

Optimal Sleep Durations (National Sleep Foundation):

  • Adults (18-64 years): 7-9 hours per night
  • Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours per night
  • Teenagers (14-17 years): 8-10 hours per day
  • School-age (6-13 years): 9-11 hours per day
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years): 10-13 hours per day
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours per day
  • Babies (4-11 months): 12-15 hours per day
  • Infants (0-3 months): 14-17 hours per day

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

  1. Establish a Consistent Sleep Schedule:Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends, to regulate your body’s internal clock.
  2. Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine:Develop a calming pre-sleep ritual like reading, taking a warm bath, practicing relaxation exercises, or listening to soothing music.
  3. Create a Sleep-Friendly Environment:Ensure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet.
  4. Limit Screen Time Before Bed:Avoid electronic devices an hour before bedtime as blue light can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle. Opt for screen-free activities.
  5. Watch Your Diet and Hydration:Avoid heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol close to bedtime. Opt for light snacks if needed and stay hydrated throughout the day while minimizing fluids before bed.
  6. Manage Stress and Anxiety:Practice mindfulness meditation or deep breathing exercises to calm your mind. Keeping a journal to jot down worries or to-dos can also ease bedtime anxiety.
  7. Get Regular Exercise:Engage in moderate exercise for 30 minutes most days, but avoid vigorous activity close to bedtime to prevent it from interfering with sleep.
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Share your pre-bedtime routine that helps you get a restful night’s sleep!

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