Note: This post is sponsored by ZzzQuil. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.
Did you know 9 out of 10 Americans say they experience trouble falling asleep?* How do you calm your mind and body to ensure a great night’s sleep so you can better tackle each day?
Enter creating a SOLID nighttime routine and daily exercise routine so even on those important “race” days before an athletic performance or business meeting, your body and soul can find that place of zen so you can get the snooze you need to feel refreshed when you need it most.
A few things I love to do to help me get my Zzzs!
Exercise EVERYDAY. I try to go running or walking each day. I love to hit the trails at Valley Forge National Park a few minutes from my house, but if I can’t do that, at a minimum, I’lI take a 2 ½ mile walk in my neighborhood.
And on the weekends, when the kids don’t have a swim meet, you know we’re always trying to find cool little 5K road races to run in together! I’m trying to pass on the love of the run to both kids!!!!
Read Before Bedtime & Love Your Bedroom Space. I’m always using my Kindle and I love to escape to another world. From romances to historical fiction to the latest thriller, losing myself in a good book fills me with joy and eases my mind. This is also the perfect time to use the new Vicks® PURE Zzzs™ Soothing Aromatherapy Balm, which contains a blend of soothing and relaxing lavender and chamomile scents, aloe extract and coconut oil! Recently, we painted our bedroom gray and added new furniture. I love my space at home and overall this makes me so happy and at ease at bedtime.
Taking Vicks® ZzzQuil™ PURE Zzzs™ Melatonin Gummies
ZzzQuil PURE Zzzs Melatonin Gummies are the latest innovation from ZzzQuil and help you fall asleep naturally.* Trying these obviously has been a new addition to my routine, but it’s one extra way to help me sleep so I can wake more refreshed* and ready to hit the ground running. Available in a natural Wildberry Vanilla Flavor, you can take 1-2 per night at bedtime.
These are drug-free, dairy free and gluten-free, and contain an optimal amount of melatonin and a unique blend of lavender chamomile, valerian root and lemon balm. I just tried them out this month and going forward, I am always going to pack these in my travel bag since those are the nights I always find it the most difficult to fall asleep. Excitement and being off my routine have a tendency to keep me awake!
What’s Been Keeping You Awake Lately?
In the past 6 months, LIFE has been keeping me awake on even my regular days! So having a solid routine has been crucial to calming my mind and keeping me more relaxed. My husband started a new job in Baltimore – and since we live in Philly, this means I’ve been single momming homework, the after-school sports hustles to swim practice on school nights, and the crazy dinner and bedtime hour. Worrying about if our family will need to relocate…. trying to navigate and grow my own digital media career…. And always hoping I’m getting that parenting thing right for my kids!
Just typing this out into words is stressing me out and making my mind race!
I find my most challenging nights to fall asleep are always during periods of excitement too. Traveling for work, changing time zones, or the night before my kids’ State Swimming Meet this past March recently have been when I struggled the most since I was out of my element and routine. And as for worrying about my kids’ sporting competitions, I know it sounds crazy! You’d think I was the one competing but to be honest, I find it harder to be the “observer” than the athlete. I find myself worrying for my kids since I see all their hard work and I want them to be happy!
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You know how your mind can race if you are full of nerves?
Having a consistent daily routine helps me slow it all down on normal days and crazy exciting days. I’m glad I’ve got some new tricks to add to my routine to help me wind down at the end of the day too! And see this re-decorated space in my master bedroom? I love the Chaise lounge for reading too!
*Based on an online survey of 2,054 U.S. respondents from Dec. 21-23, 2016. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.
**THESE STATEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEAS