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Studying a course a week. Reading a book a week.


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I am officially done with the first year of university. The second-year starts in October. The last set of assignments was submitted in April and studies have been on pause since there. The break is a very long one, so I have decided to carry on studying over the break. Taking that many months off studying will leave me with a lot of free time, I rather stay busy especially with all that we are currently experiencing. I have decided to do a free course a week with The Open University. I started my first-course last week and only just finished. The course was titled – Making sense of mental health, and it was a great first course in my studying a course a week challenge.  

Studying a course a week

The course is a level 2 intermediate stage. It took me a few hours to complete the course but it takes most people 10 hours to complete the course. I really enjoyed studying this course. It is relevant to my degree in psychology and I always wanted to learn more about mental health. This course enabled me to make sense of the different mental health illnesses, how they get treated by different professionals and it also enabled me to get familiar with the terms used in diagnoses and treatment.

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Reading a book a week

This week, I will be starting a new course and I am seriously looking forward to it. This week’s course is all about attachment in the early years. It is all about the research in the attachment in early childhood. I dedicate a few hours a day to study in between work, homeschooling the kiddies, and everything else. It is my way of staying on top of my learning. I am also still reading a book a week on my Amazon Kindle. The book I am reading this week is Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue Book 2 by Neale Donald Walsch.

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I finished reading the Book 1 last week and I went straight on to the second book. The series is really good. I am loving all the words of wisdom in the books. You can check it out via the link below –

 

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Morning routine: What do you do with your first waking hour?

The first hour of the day is very important. It usually sets the pace for how the rest of the day will go. I like to wake up before the rest of the house gets up. It helps me have a full hour to myself and plan the rest of my day. Gone are the days when I have to drag myself out of bed. These days, I take charge of my day by going to bed a little earlier than I used to do and waking up an hour before the kiddies get out. Having that full hour gives me the time to meditate, pray, reflect, and listen to uplifting tracks and podcasts. I also find some time to exercise later in the morning but that is after my first waking hour. What do you do with your first waking hour? What does your morning routine look like?

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Morning routine: What do you do with your first waking hour?

Waking up earlier than required allows you to spend the time doing what you need to do to start your day right. The first hour allows you to spend time on what matters to you and I get a lot done in that first waking hour. Everyone should have some sort of morning routine. The time you wake doesn’t really matter. It all depends on your lifestyle and household. I like to wake up for 6 am because that time works great. It allows me to get the right amount of sleep and wake earlier than the rest of the house, without feeling grumpy or tired.

This morning routine is a big thing for me. I was never a morning person until having the twins forced me to be a morning person. Even then, I was still very much a night owl until some months ago. These days, I like to be in bed before 11 pm,( most times I am in bed a lot earlier) and I have realised I am a lot happier. My morning routine keeps me energised and getting to sleep a lot more is great for my mental health.

Do you have a morning routine?

 

Top tips for getting a great night’s sleep

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Getting enough sleep is essential for maintaining good mental and physical health. When we don’t get enough high-quality sleep, we can feel grumpy and find it difficult to concentrate throughout the day. If you’re struggling to catch enough Z’s, check out our top tips below that will help you sleep soundly.

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Declutter your bedroom

Did you know – a messy bedroom can have a direct impact on your quality of sleep? According to an article by Good Housekeeping, a study has found that people with untidy, cluttered bedrooms “take longer to fall asleep than those with neat and tidy rooms – leading to increased tiredness”. So, if you want to get a great night’s sleep, give your bedroom a tidy, putting everything in its rightful place and popping as much as you can into storage. This will make your room a much more calm and restful space.

Stay away from screens before bed

It’s also worth reducing your screen time before bed, as this can also help you drop off to sleep easier. TVs, smartphones, and other devices emit light which can interfere with your body’s internal clock. The sleep foundation state that the artificial blue light “suppresses the release of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and makes it more difficult to fall asleep” and also “delays the onset of REM sleep”. For this reason, you should stay away from screens around an hour before bedtime to help improve your sleep.

Get the temperature and light right

Your ability to sleep is affected by the light and temperature of your bedroom. Our bodies recognise when it is time to sleep by the setting of the sun, so making your room is as dark and cool as possible will improve the quality of your sleep. If you have issues with light infiltration, invest in some blackout curtains to make your room darker. If you often find your room is too warm, then try opening a door or window to increase air circulation. You can also try improving your sleeping pattern by popping a light-based wake up alarm on your bedside tables – which slowly wakes you using natural-looking light.

Try relaxation techniques

There are a whole host of relaxation techniques that can help you to wind down before bed. It’s worth trialling a few different things to see what works best for you. For example, you could sink into a long, warm bubble bath before bed to relax the mind and body. You could also try yoga or meditation – there are plenty of videos to follow online as well as apps to aid meditation. Or, you could simply get lost in a great book, or listen to calming music.

Why not try these tips today and see how they may help you to get a great night’s sleep?

 

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