AD - #KeepKalms and Carry On

Kalms Box on blanket

In December, The Mental Health Foundation announced that this year's World Mental Health Awareness week would focus on sleep (or the lack of it) and the effect it has on our mental health. Having suffered from anxiety and depression for 10 years now, I can definitely vouch that sleep has a huge effect on my mood and anxiety. If I have a rubbish nights sleep, I can guarantee my anxiety will be all over the place, I can't focus and I'm more likely to be irritable and teary.

This year, Kalms'* campaign is all about raising awareness for the 'stress-sleep cycle', and the impact that it can have on everyone's mental health and wellbeing, which I think is so important, especially as 1 in 4 Brits report that stress is their main reason for losing sleep!

If you can't sleep at night, ask yourself these questions. Are you feeling stressed? Are you overstimulated? If so, try these 5 tips, and see if it helps.

1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time
I personally find this has been a 'sleep-saver' for me. I usually head to bed at 11pm, and wake up every day at 8am. Even if I'm tired and want more of a lie-in, forcing myself up really helps me stay in the circadian rhythm.

2. Switch off all electrical devices
We're all guilty of sitting in bed endlessly scrolling before you go to sleep. But *shock*, this isn't good for your sleep! Switching your phone off an hour before bed will really help you sleep better. try it!

3. Consider using traditional herbal remedies
THR's like Kalms will help symptoms such as stress, which helps with your sleep. Kalms Night One-A-Night is used for temporary relief of sleep disturbances, whilst Kalms Day is used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress. They both contain valerian root.

4. Try meditation
Plenty of people are put off by the term meditation, but there's no need to be. It doesn't have to be listening to an app telling you how to breathe. Meditation can be simply sitting in a quiet room, focusing on your breathing for 10 minutes. It does you the world of good and you can feel yourself getting more relaxed by the minute.

5. Exercise regularly
Not only is physical exercise great for releasing those endorphins and improving your mood, but it also helps you sleep at night and reduce stress. A 10-minute yoga session or a short walk around the block makes all the difference.

*Post in collaboration with Kalms. All views are my own.

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