Mindful strategies during exam season
Hypnos Contract Beds resident sleep expert , Natalie Pennicotte-Collier, offers her latest insights on helping families to keep calm together.
For many, Spring is the start of new beginnings. A time when the weather warms up and we can bask in the sunshine with friends and family. However, it’s also a time of year that can be extremely stressful for some.
Exam season and a time that can be fraught with stress, worry and anxiety. So how can families keep calm when faced with this pressure and support one another through it?
The key is practising mindfulness and learning new techniques that can help us to get a better quality of sleep to ensure we all remain connected and calm.
Sleep should be the most natural thing in the world but for many of us it can be hard to get a good night's rest when we’re worried and anxious about our performance at work, sitting a test or even how our children are feeling and coping on a day-to-day basis. It’s important to remember that getting enough sleep means we are more receptive to ideas, creative and retain more information, but we can also cope with stress much better.
But all this means that as our lives and circumstances change, we may need to try new techniques to sleep well and to help us in supporting our loved ones. With this in mind, trying to carve out an extra 30 minutes of sleep or rest at night and in the morning can really help.
To do this I’ve created a meditation exclusively for Hypnos that you and the family can listen to it below:
Try making time just before bed to listen to this in order to help your mind and body relax and drift off into a more peaceful and stress free slumber. Or if you’d prefer, listen to it in the morning upon waking to put you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.
Listening to something calming such as this on a daily basis will help it to become part of your mindful routine, instilling calmer emotions and aiding slumber.
"If you’re able, study shortly before bed, as the restorative sleep can actually help you retain the information."a Hypnos top revision tip