Does sleep elude you?

Does sleep elude you?

 Feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day?

Top Tips for Better Sleep 

Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night?

 

Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day?

 

Do not fear, I have some great tips for you!

 

The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing

 

Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we’re just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can affect it.

 

Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body and mind.  People who get less sleep tend to be at higher risk for so many health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer; not to mention effects like slower metabolism, weight gain, hormone imbalance, and inflammation.  And don’t forget the impact lack of sleep can have on moods, memory and decision-making skills.

 

Do you know that lack of sleep may even negate the health benefits of your exercise program? (Gasp!)

 

OMG – What aspect of health does sleep not affect???

 

Knowing this it’s easy to see the three main purposes of sleep:

  • To restore our body and mind. Our bodies repair, grow and even “detoxify” our brains while we sleep.
  • To improve our brain’s ability to learn and remember things, technically known as “synaptic plasticity”.
  • To conserve some energy so we’re not just actively “out and about” 24-hours a day, every day.

 

Do you know how much sleep adults need?  It’s less than your growing kids need but you may be surprised that it’s recommended that all adults get 7 – 9 hours a night.  SO they say!

 

Try not to skimp!

 

(Don’t worry, I have you covered with a bunch of actionable tips below.) As a Human Design Analyst I’m including tips on each Type, so you can get the best out of your energy throughout the day

 

Tips for better sleep

 

  • The biggest tip is definitely to try to get yourself into a consistent sleep schedule. Make it a priority and you’re more likely to achieve it.  This means turning off your lights 8 hours before your alarm goes off.  7 Days. A. Week.  I know weekends can easily throw this off but by making sleep a priority for a few weeks your body and mind will adjust and thank you for it.

 

  • Balance your blood sugar throughout the day. You know, eat less refined and processed foods and more whole foods (full of blood-sugar-balancing fibre).  Choose the whole orange instead of the juice.  Make sure you’re getting some protein every time you eat.

 

  • During the day get some sunshine and exercise., this is especially important if you are a “GENERATOR” type in Human Design – you really do need to burn off some of that sacral energy and it will help you wind down more easily in the evening.

 

  • Stop caffeine and added sugar intake after 12pm. Whole foods like fruits and veggies are fine, Both caffeine and added sugar can keep your mind a bit more active than you want it to be come evening.

 

  • Have a relaxing bedtime routine. that starts 1 hour before your “lights out” time (that is 8 – 10 hours before your alarm is set to go off). This is particularly beneficial for Manifestors, Projectors and Reflectors. This would include dimming your artificial lights, screens off and perhaps reading an actual real book or having a bath.

 

So how many of these tips can you start implementing today?

Healthy sleep Habits for the “Manifestor”‘Type in Human Design

 

10%  of the population are classed as Manifestors in Human Design. Manifestors are the pure doers of the world and the only type who are here to initiate action and impact others. By honouring their design of working in bursts and rest cycles they preserve their energy. They do not have sustainable energy to burn like the generator types as they do not have a defined sacral. Their strategy to ensure restful sleep is to lay down BEFORE they are tired and if possible sleep at least twice weekly on their own. They need this alone time to renew their precious energy. Try this technique for a couple of weeks and note your energy levels sleeping on your own vs. sleeping with your partner.

 

Healthy Sleep Habits for the “Generator ‘Type in Human Design

67% of the population are classed as Generators (includes Manifesting Generators) in Human Design. Generators are the “worker bees” and are designed to work hard everyday but must find the right work, work that they love. Working your fingers to the bone for a job you hate drains your life force energy and sacral power. Generators are blessed with sustainable energy and are designed to wear themselves out about before sleeping.  If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night or have difficulty sleeping, try increasing your exercising throughout the day so you burn up your excess energy. You will find sleep comes easier.

 

Healthy Sleep Habits for the Projector Type in Human Design

20% of the population are classed as Projectors in Human Design. Projectors are natural coaches and guides and are waiting for the rest of the world to recognize and invite them to guide us. They are classed as non-energy types as they do not have a defined Sacral like the Generator and have no motor to the throat like the manifestor so are prone to burning out quickly if they are not using their Strategy and Authority correctly. As such they need to take mini-breaks throughout their day to re-charge and at bedtime they should lay down and relax up to an hour before they would like to go to sleep. This will give their bodies a chance to unwind from the built up energy they have received throughout their day which must be released if they are to get a peaceful and restful night’s sleep. Top Tip experiment.  if you are sleeping with a Generator – try to sleep one night on your own without your partner – notice how you feel to be out of the “buzzing” energy of the Generator.

 

Healthy Sleep Habits for the Reflector Type in Human Design

 

The rarest Type in Human Design with just 1% classed as Reflectors. They have an open Sacral Centre so just like the Projectors and Manifestors they too, do not have sustainable energy to keep on all day.  If possible, lay down or relax at least an hour before retiring to your bed. Remember also not to wait until you are totally exhausted as you need that downtime to release energies that do not belong to you and you have picked up throughout your day.

 

References:

 

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/hacking-sleep

 

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Is Decision Fatigue Ruining Your Life?

Is Decision Fatigue Ruining Your Life?

Making Good Decisions is a skill we must master.

The quality of your decisions influences the quality of your career, health, relationships, and overall success. Poor decisions lead to personal challenges. These challenges include financial issues, work and school difficulties, health problems, and other personal and social issues.

Poor decisions lead to personal challenges.

Each decision you make has a biological cost. After making too many decisions, you’re more likely to argue with your partner, make unnecessary purchases, and eat junk food.

As your brain fatigues it searches for shortcuts. One of these shortcuts is to make decisions quickly and recklessly. After all, thinking takes energy. Right?

Did you know you actually have your own decision making strategy?  It is one hundred percent accurate once mastered and will not let you down.  This decision making strategy has been with you throughout your lifetime and you probably used it all the time as a child. In Human Design terms we call this your ‘Inner Authority’. It is your body’s intelligence and can be relied on 24/7 to be your most trusted guide. 

We hear a lot about intuition and your gut feeling these days don’t we? but Human Design gets specific and shows you where your Authority lies so you can experiment. Not everyone has a gut response like most people believe. According to our Human Design there are 7 Authorities based on the different Types.

Unfortunately, as we grow up and take on more and more conditioning, we start to move our decision making into our head and are just told to “figure it out”  Well that’s great when we want to analyse or research or help others with their decisions but not for us personally. Your mind can never be your Decision Making. Your Mind continually lies to you filtering events  based on what happened to you in the past. It can throw you off track with ideas of what it thinks you “should do. It puts up blinders preventing you from seeing opportunities right in front of you. That’s its job. It wants to keep you safe. But what is the cost of you giving the mind the authority for your life decisions if it is just playing the same old movie over and over?

 

When you know your Inner Authority, you can trust that you will always make correct decisions for yourself. You will always be in the right place at the right time with the right people. Your body is the life, your mind is the passenger in this life. Let it take a backseat when you make decisions. let the body decide. Get a trusted friend to ask you yes/no questions and practice feeling the response to Act or not. Do not use language when answering, let the body speak.  Leave the mind to do what it’s good at; pondering and sharing ideas and perspectives with others.

The consequences of poor decision-making can be severe.

 

How do you make decisions?  Comment below. To find out more about amandaokeeffe.com

 

 

 

Attitude of Gratitude for 2020

Attitude of Gratitude for 2020

So I’m staring out the window of our tiny tiny apartment daydreaming. I’m not moaning, I love that I don’t have to spend my entire weekend cleaning bedrooms that may get occupied once or twice a year (still have to do that dusting?). I don’t have to spend hours mowing lawns, weeding or pruning.  Yes I know, all you gardeners will say It’s very therapeutic but it’s not a task you can put off to another day is it? it’s not really a choice; it’s a necessity –  no weeding and mowing = a jungle! 

You only have to have an ‘off’ week or two, and boom! the grass is waist high. So no, as much as I want to live in a big house so I can have a garden with a patio and a big round table to entertain, I know that would tie us down and I love the freedom to do what I’m guided to do when inspiration hits.

 

Anyway I’m digressing from the point. This post is about looking back over my 2020 year and being pleasantly surprised about what I DID actually get to do. Considering we were in lockdown 70% of it,  I did actually have some high points and please, don’t think shout at me at how bad it was  – I totally understand, I too had serious sadness and loss through this retched pandemic and maybe I shouldn’t be writing this post, but to me, it’s important – we need to acknowledge our high points and our achievements – our brains are hardwired to look for the negative it’s our reptilian brain keeping us safe, but when real dark times happen, just like Viktor Frankl in “Man’s Search for Meaning” we have to find the light in the darkness so we can safely find the door and move forward or we give up.

 

So Here’s my 8 Happy Moments of 2020

I got to attend an in-house Astrology Talk – I learnt all about the coming cycle – no mention of Mr COVID though, but lots of mention of this massive Saturn/Capricorn conunction and uncertain times– As always – Astrology for me – keeps you in the loop of the cycles our planet is transiting through – Did you know we are now in a new global 200 year cycle on earth? No-one knows what will happen as no-one has every lived this shift before! No wonder we are all feeling uncertainty. I’ll write more on this another time.

 

I got to attend Carolyn Myss’ Seminar at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre – I love Carolyn’s work and her as a person – With her down-to-earth spiritualty approach she has wisdom beyond this universe – amazing – and I shared this wonderful experience with a few soul sisters. Don’t you love it when other people love what you love too?

We were grateful to have had the chance  to mee up with our friends, Dessy and Raff, from  Singapore to catch up and reminnise about the good times we all had when we lived in Singapore. Who knows when we will see our overseas friends again.

 

We managed to fly to Hobart for 5 days with our ‘gang’ This was a treat we had had booked for 8 months – how lucky we managed to do this trip. Who knew this would be our last flight for a while.

 

Exciting long weekend at Cape Bridgewater with “Bessie”,Richard’s 1939 BSA M20 motorbike, in case you’re wondering. Together with our fabulous Motorbike friends from the Hamilton Branch of BSA Club – This is our yearly catch-up with the Group, so we are so grateful we got to ride and camp with them this year.

 

Started Yin Yoga Classes with the lovely Candy King ……..Yin Yoga – sounds easy – it is easy if you’re a pretzel, but if you’re Amanda flexi, it’s just hilarious!!! I Laugh all the way to the sex pose lol! Never mind, that’s my wicked sense of humour escaping!

A fabulous 4 days eating, chilling and laughing with my Souls Sisters, Dhea, Maria, Teresa, Toni, Jo and Kathy on Port Phillip Island – We had long walks on the beach, we ate tasty vegan food that the amazing Kathy prepared fresh for us every day all washed down with some belly laughs. I loved Philip Island and that experience so much, that  Richard and I went back for a weekend for our Anniversary (yes, in between lockdowns lol!) we managed to squeeze this in before, BAM! – back we went into lockdown.

 

I also completed and gained my Certification Level 1 and Level 2 BG5 Business Consultant Training and finished my Level 3 in December – So my big achievement for the year is becoming a BG5™ Certified Business/Career Consultant – So proud of myself for getting up at 2.30 in the morning for a whole year to study online with the class for 2 hours (I know what you’re thinking, and yes, you’re right I did have to re-listen to those calls againa a couple of times, and I could have taken the easy road and just listened to the recordings, but for me, there’s nothing like being live on calls. luckily it was NOT on zoom so I could, and did look like I had just got up and nobody knew!

Here’s to 2021 – I for one, will be tuning out the noise out there and listening to my own inner guidance – that works for me – what about you? Did you find a silver lining in your 2020?

Blessings to you all as we begin a new Human Design cycle on 21st January when we enter the gate 41 (beginnings). So until then, finish everything that you started last year. That way you have a clean slate. Honour your own “Hero’s’ journey, find the golden nugget in that experience, whatever it was , journal the pain away, the sadness, the loss. And remember, we are all in transition and, as with any birth, we have to go through the birth canal and none of us remember what that experience felt like, but we did it and we arrived safely.

Take care and may 2021 bring you peace within so you can see all the wonders that are waiting for you.

 

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5 Reasons You Must Keep a Gratitude Diary

5 Reasons You Must Keep a Gratitude Diary

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”   

The first time I read this quote, I was like “yeah whatever” I was too skeptical, too jaded and just plain suspicious. But when I was studying Positive Psychology I learned all the facts behind incorporating a Gratitude practice into your life.  Now that I have made a habit of giving thanks at even the smallest opportunity, I can 100% vouch for how magical this small practice is, how it literally transforms the ordinary and mundane into something exquisite & truly worth living. So Here’s another 5 reasons you need to keep a gratitude journal and scribbling all those wonderful things that you have in your life.

 

  1. Gratitude Changes your Thought Patterns: studies have shown a strong mind-body connection. When we are feeling stressed, or anxious and let’s face it, who isn’t in this world Pandemic crisis? it can have a negative effect on our physical health..By switching your thoughts to all the things, events and people you are thankful for, you are creating positive thoughts and feelings and creating new neural pathways in your brain and reducing stress and anxiety. It will also remind you that whatever happens to you there is always something to feel thankful for. 

Your commitment to your gratitude journal refocuses your mind on positive events, conversations and relationships. This enables you to see more than just those negative ones that tend to fill your mind and dominate your thoughts when they happen. 

   

Another way your thought patterns will change is that you will find that you start pushing boundaries and removing limiting beliefs. This will happen as you not only keep your gratitude journal but also review it. You will find that your mind opens to new possibilities and you gain in self-confidence and knowledge.

 

  1. Being Grateful Improves Your Health: the fact that there is a mind-body connection means that by focusing on positive thoughts and feelings in your gratitude journal you are helping to improve your physical and mental health. Studies have shown that regular gratitude journaling can not only;

 

(a) Relieves stress and anxiety 

(b) Improve your sleep

(c) Gain perspective on your life; BUT ……. 

 

3. Creates Optimism: some days it’s just too hard to see the wood for the trees. You can find yourself focusing on something that has upset you and that thought will nag away at you constantly. Taking some time to sit quietly and do a re-frame by thinking about something you are grateful for will help reduce the negative thoughts and feelings and replace them with positive ones.

 

  1. Improved Sleep: regardless of whether you feel the need for eight hours sleep each night your body and mind do require a regular amount of sleep each night for optimal mental and physical health. Keeping a gratitude journal is fun, calming and a positive activity that promotes happy thoughts and feelings. Write out 3 things you’re grateful for before falling asleep and enjoy you’ll definitely sleep more peacefully and have happier dreams. 
  1. It’s Fun: keeping a gratitude journal should be a fun enjoyable experience; something you look forward to. It doesn’t matter whether you use a plain notebook or a really fancy one, you can jazz it up by using different coloured pens or pencils, or even decorating the pages.

If you want to create a positive change in yourself and your life, then keeping a gratitude journal may just be the tool you are looking for. It’s cheap, easy and very beneficial to your physical and mental health. Now that’s a habit worth starting.

   

 

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6 SPIRITUAL LAWS to help you market your business as a Prjector

 

The Advisor Career Types make up 20% of our world. They are designed to lead and guide the energy of the Builder types and to master systems.. But life is not always easy when you’re an Advisor.  Success only comes when you wait to be invited and do not initiate anything.  So here we are taking a look at the Advsior Types and 6 of the Spiritual Laws that govern our universe.

1. THE LAW OF POTENTIALITY

The understanding that all is possible – Yes, we are each here for a reason and when the timing is right, the invitations for the Advisor Career Type will show up. There is no need to push to get anything. Everything will be there in the right timing. Be your Type and wait patiently for the invitations.

2. THE LAW OF GIVING AND RECEIVING

This is the Law of how energy circulates in the universe. If you give, you must receive. It is Law. So you can start attracting invitations by sharing what lights you up and what you’re passionate about in life.  It does not have to be anything to do with your work, just something that really comes from your soul passion, where you can talk about things that excite you. i.e. how you love to cook Italian dishes for all the family, your Hobbies, etc. Start here and your aura will radiate an energy of pure joy and invitations to share more will start to turn up everywhere. Once you have an invitation you can start to invite people to hear more of what you have to share and how you can help them.

3. THE LAW OF KARMA

This is the Law of Cause and Affect – the Law of least effort.  Being grounded and not experiencing resistance. For your success, it is essential to take plenty of rest breaks. As a non-energy being, meaning you do not have go go go got energy, you most see your energy as the most precious resource and to understand how to manage it properly so you don’t burnout.Ensure you get some good sleep by going to bed before you’re tired and reading a book before sleeping.

4. THE LAW OF INTENTION

How the un-manifest becomes Manifest – Write down your invitations to the universe. i..e. I invite more aligned clients to work with me; I invite healthy working collaborations to show up for me now.  Invite your inner Board of Directors to collaborate with you and show you the way to go and your next steps. This is one invitation that is always there for you!

5. THE LAW OF DHARMA

The Law of Success, the Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life, says that we are spiritual beings who have taken physical form to fulfill a purpose. Everyone has a purpose in life — a unique gift or special talent to give to others, and for every unique talent and expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our spirit. This is the goal of all goals.

6. THE LAW OF LEAST EFFORT

This laws says accept people, situations, and events as they occur. Take responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems. Relinquish the need to defend your point of view. – When networking, your aura talks for you. As an Advisor Type, your natural aura is protective therefore people can feel an invisible field penetrating them. You are attuned to instinctively know what they need to do and they can feel it” therefore to ensure you receive the right invitations, WAIT to be recognised by the other. I know this can be hard, because what if nobody comes up to you, but accept that only those people that are right for you and your work will be attracted to you when you operating congruently and aligned. So experiment, watch who comes to talk to you first. Value yourself, your energy and your wisdom and trust that those invitations that are correct for you will show up in the right timing.

 

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