mornings are hard….

Jan, 25, 2019

As a kid, mornings were really hard. I fought going to sleep each night, didn’t fall asleep until hours later then fought getting up every morning. As an adult, I wish I could go back in time to encourage my little self to go to sleep.

These days, mornings are a pleasant and quiet time to reflect and drink a coffee far before I face the world. I’m an early to bed, early to rise kinda gal. The habit started a few years ago but was reinforced by some insomnia last year.

I struggled to get a sleep for about six months. My body, regardless of how tired I was, woke around 2AM then for good around 5 AM. I was going a bit kooky so started to treat my insomnia with herbs. That worked for a short time. I then tried a mild anti-anxiety medication. That started to work until I became achy and constantly weepy. I weaned myself with my doctor’s supervision off the anti-anxiety meds.

A few weeks went by and once again I felt anxious and was losing sleep. I went to my friend Alison at the Food Co-op. She suggested taking an L-Theanine supplement.

“In addition to its calming qualities, tea also contains compounds that deliver some real health benefits. One of those compounds? L-theanine.
Fortunately, you can also get L-Theanine in supplement form, which can help with relaxation, focus, and sleep.” Michael J Breus Ph.D.  of Sleep Newzzz

I am happy to say L-Theanine is helping my sleep. I’ve been sleeping pretty soundly through the night. As a bonus, I’m able to get up early and enjoy downtime with some mental clarity.

I have a routine now. My morning starts with a pause. I begin by thinking about the day. The tasks, the must-do’s and more importantly my intent. If I can set a good intent, the day generally goes well. I even, occasionally, run before I shower. Coffee? Every morning, I’m not safe in public without it and it’s part of my morning ritual.

By getting up between 530 and 6 AM daily, I start my day the way I choose. I admit, I’m often in bed by 9 PM. That’s not a big deal as my party days are, for the most part, in the past. It’s so nice to enjoy the quiet of the morning.

Now, off to work!

to improve your morning….

How To Improve Your Mornings in 2019 if You’re Constantly Stressed Out | MInd Body Green

What you need to know about L-Theanine |Psychology Today

Paula Stokes

I love feeling good. I'm on a mission to feel well and sharing that info with you along the way.

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