Value your rest and sleep time

Bray People - - NEWS -

peo­ple did not look at their own faces a frac­tion of the amount of times a day as the teenagers of to­day.

‘Adults too are al­ways tuned into the phone,’ said Kirsty. ‘15 years ago, go­ing for a walk was go­ing for a walk, with­out the in­ter­rup­tions. We’re plugged in all the time and we have to limit the amount of screen time we have. It does stuff to the brain.’ This in­cludes in­ter­rupt­ing our sleep pat­terns, and not giv­ing our­selves a chance to rest.

Giv­ing the mind a rest is the ba­sis of ‘mind­ful­ness’. While this has be­come a buzz­word in re­cent times, it’s sim­ply liv­ing in the present.

‘Sleep is a re­ally core thing,’ said Kirsty. ‘If you have an un­in­ter­rupted night’s sleep it’s a wonderful gift to give your­self. Usu­ally if some­one is anx­ious or stressed and not sleep­ing well, we try to get their day to night habits back to nor­mal.’

This in­cludes a bed­time rou­tine. ‘ Turn off the TV, turn off your phone. Have a bath. Doe some­thing nice. Re­lax the mind, put some mu­sic on. Lie on the bed and do a body scan. That’s self care, it’s look­ing af­ter your­self,’ said Kirsty.

‘It’s not magic. It’s small ad­just­ments to re­ally pos­i­tively im­pact your men­tal health.’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.