Bedtime Rituals

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Try as I might, I find it difficult to unplug after a long day. I go into autopilot: mindlessly eating in from of the TV, checking email in bed, looking at things I can’t afford on Etsy, googling Colin Firth’s wife or weird questions on Webmed (this never ends well), and eventually climbing into bed, tired and wired. It’s easy to do when it’s cold and dark outside. My husband and I are going to try a once a week “ no TV night.” While this is not revolutionary or new, it feels like something we really need to tackle: Dinner at the TABLE, followed by, music, journaling, working on a creative project, or reading. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE eating in front of the TV. We weren’t allowed to do this as kids, so I take great pleasure as an adult, in watching my favorite series with a plate of food on my lap and a glass of wine in my hand. And there’s nothing wrong with this! It’s one of the joys of getting older;, being able to do what you like…

My plan for “ no TV nights” is to not drink at all (gasp) and to throw in a cup of Detox tea (there are many great detox teas out there-check the ingredients to make sure they work for you) or herbal tea after dinner and rather than checking email or going online, cozying up in bed with a good book.

You can try a nighttime meditation. I love the Calm App. Calm ( https://www.calm.com) is available for Apple and Android phones and on your PC or Laptop. I’m on night 4 of the 7 Days of Sleep Series. They offer series on Managing Stress, Focus, Calming Anxiety, Gratitude, and many more. If you don’t like guided meditation there are timed meditations or ambient sounds to lull you into sleep: Sunset Beach, Summer Meadow, Pouring Rain, and my current celestial sounding favorite: Suspended Droplets. There are even bedtime stories read by the lovely English actor Stephen Fry. Put your phone on nighttime mode and turn off notifications, so that you can truly unplug.

Author: Stacey

Stacey met JulieAnn years ago while in graduate school in the Boston area and became life-long friends. After moving back to NYC from Boston, Stacey began working at Estée Lauder companies working with brands such as Origins, Clinique, and La Mer. While there, she realized how flawed our cosmetic industry is and how inundated women are with products that promise youth, yet are laden with toxic chemicals. Simultaneously, she began working with an Integrative Nutritionist, practicing yoga and meditation, and seeking alternative medicinal therapies to help solve her lifelong battle with allergies, skin breakouts, fatigue, and anxiety.

The result was a complete lifestyle change and a switch to natural skin products and whole organic foods. A former product junkie, she now understands that Simple is best.

While at Estée Lauder Stacey began to write for a beauty blog, exploring new skincare products and her other obsession: perfume. She is well versed in product and beauty trends and is always on the lookout for natural, organic and non-toxic makeup, skincare, and scents. Stacey is also a strong advocate for mindfulness practices, alternative medicine, yoga, and cross training to create healthy, strong minds and bodies.

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