How to Sleep Better at Night

With the current state of the world in general, having a good night’s sleep has never been more important. It is essential our bodies get all the rest needed to function properly. When we struggle with a lack of sleep at night, we may find that we also struggle to get on with our day. If you are not getting enough sleep and you are wondering what you could try to help you sleep better at night, here are some tips you may find useful:

Have a nightly routine

It is best to go to bed around the same time every night to get our bodies used to a nightly routine. The daily recommended sleeping hours for an adult is 7 hours. Sticking to a bedtime routine would help you get the recommended 7 hours of sleep every night because your body would get used to it. So ensure you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day even on weekends to reinforce your body’s sleep-wake cycle.

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Stay active during the day

It is important to stay active during the day so you would feel sleepy at night. Staying active is different for everyone. It could mean doing chores around the house, exercising, going for long walks, or running. Including physical activities in your daily routine would help you stay active during the day and help you sleep at night. Having said that, it is best to do physical activities during the day and not close to bedtime so it does not have a negative impact.

Watch what you consume

Pay attention to what you eat and drink hours before bedtime. It is best to stay away from caffeinated and alcoholic drinks in the evening if you struggle to fall asleep at night. You don’t want to go to be stuffed with food and you don’t want to go to bed hungry. Also, be mindful of what you watch and the conversations you take part in just before you sleep. It is best to keep it all light so nothing keeps you up at night.

Limit daytime naps

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night when you should be fast asleep then you may want to limit daytime naps if you can’t eliminate them altogether. Limit your nap to one hour a day and avoid napping late in the day. Any naps too late in the afternoon may negatively impact your sleep routine at night.

 

5 Freelance Jobs in demand now

I have been freelancing for almost 10 years and it is nice to see that the freelancing world is even busier now. Many people are choosing every day to become self-employed and with working from home being the new normal, there are more freelance jobs in demand now. What I love about being a freelancer is that I have the ability to plan my schedule. I have time to do what needs to be done at a time that is convenient for me. Although being a freelancer/self-employed person comes with loads of issues, it is very rewarding.

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If you are playing with the idea of setting up your business or even testing the freelance waters on the side to see how it all goes, you have landed on the right blog! Here are 5 freelance jobs in demand right now:

Virtual Assistant

There are loads of Virtual Assistant (VA) jobs available online. You just need to search on the major job sites to find them. Virtual assistants are the new office managers and admin assistants. The role is so important as it allows business owners to pursue other aspects of their business, and leave the organising and managing to the VAs. If you have great organisational, time management, and IT skills, you may be able to start your freelance journey as a VA.

Writer

Freelance writers are always in demand and there are loads of freelance gigs available online. I have come across many and the rates are usually quite good depending on the niche and company. Medical/science writers tend to get a bit more than other niches but the experience itself is rewarding if you really like writing. Getting into the world of freelance as a writer is relatively easy if writing comes naturally to you. Having a blog helps as you can show prospective clients what you can bring to the table.

Proofreader

Do you have an excellent command of the English language, grammar, writing, and spelling style?  If you do, and you are detail-oriented with a good eye for spotting mistakes, you may be interested in pursuing a freelance career as a proofreader. The rates tend to vary depending on the niche and client, but there are loads of opportunities you could chase up online. There are also proofreading courses that could help you launch a freelance career, so have a good search online for one that catches your eye.

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Social Media Manager

Being a freelance social media manager can be a lucrative gig with the right client. There are lots of opportunities online so the possibilities are endless. If you like the idea of managing a brand’s reputation online and if you have the skills required to grow an online presence, then you may want to look into being a social media manager.

Content Creator

And I saved the best for last with this job idea. Having your own blog allows you to create the content you want when you want. Clients do have input on what goes on sponsored content, but you have more room to make it yours since it is your platform. I have done all the jobs listed here (except one) and my favourite by a mile is this being a Content Creator. I love the flexibility and the fact that I have the final say on what goes on each content. It takes a while to earn regular income as a blogger, but once you have blogged for a few years, your income starts to build up.

What do you think of these freelance jobs? Have you tried any of them? Please share your thoughts.

 

Style Icon: Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi

The stunning Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi is the style icon this month. For those who do not know who this beauty is, she is a Nigerian model based in New York City. Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi came into the limelight at the tender age of 16 when she won The Face of Africa” contest. This talented young woman has been slaying on runaways and billboards ever since.

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Style Icon: Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi

I love seeing Oluchi on and off the runway. Her signature style is usually feminine, chic, and elegant. This stylish woman can look good in pretty much anything and she knows it. I love how she puts her pieces together. She is definitely a natural when it comes to fashion and style, but then again, that should come as no surprise since she has been modelling high-end designer pieces since her teenage years.

I recently came across an interview Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi had with Vogue and she talked about where how love for fashion started from. Here are some excerpts from the interview:

Fashion was a huge part of Oluchi’s life growing up in Nigeria

I spent most of my after-school hours at a local fashion house called Henrietta Design Collections. She specializes in made-to-measure traditional Nigerian and Western outfits for her clients. I would hang around, watch, and assist her with errands. Those were my early associations with fashion. She actually introduced me to modeling.

It is lovely to see that this famous supermodel remembers her background and acknowledges where she got her love for fashion and modelling. Many people tend to forget stories like this as they ascend.

Adding a bit of Lagos fashion into her New York Wardrobe

Well, I had to adapt to the style culture to blend in. I updated my closet to main classics that never go out of style . . . including countless jeans. But I infused a little bit of Lagos fashion into my New York wardrobe by mixing knee-length, plain-fabric tunics with jeans on Fridays, and wore caftan dresses on the weekend, especially during summer.

I would love to see her wardrobe. I can already picture the stylish pieces and designs she is describing. Her outfit below is a vivid description of a blend of New York and Lagos fashion.

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What do you think of this month’s style icon? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day/night whereever you are.

 

 

 

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