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Guest Blogger Suzie Wilson: What You Should Know About Grief, Loss, and Sleep

If you’ve lost someone you love, you know that grief can come crashing in like waves. You feel normal one minute and then completely lost the next. Grief is such a complicated process that can take time to fully process. However, if your grief is causing you to miss out on all-important sleep, it’s time to start asking yourself some serious questions.


Is It Time for a Change in Your Bedroom?

Losing a loved one can make it feel as though time is standing still, especially when you lose a spouse. Immediately after your loss, you may not feel up to making any big changes around your home. But in time, think about whether altering your bedroom could help you get more restful sleep. You can start with small touches such as adding quality sleep gear to help improve your bedtime routines. New smart sleep technology, like the FitSleep or Nox Smart Sleep Light, use lights and sounds to help you fall asleep faster. A white-noise machine can also be helpful (you can find one for under $20).

When you are ready for a bigger change, you can also add more relaxing colors to your bedroom walls. Calming earth tones like blue, gray, and brown can help relax your senses when you are in your room and help you get more restful sleep as you work through the grieving process. Try to avoid any bright colors or limit any vibrant shades to an accent wall or trim.

 

Are You Taking Time for Real Self-Care?

 Mourning the death of someone you loved and lived with can make even mundane tasks seem like a lot of effort. Self-care tends to fall to the wayside when you are experiencing immense grief, but if you are not sleeping, that lack of self-care could be an issue. For one, regular exercise, as difficult as it may be right now, is absolutely critical in maintaining healthy sleep habits. This is especially true for times when stress is the source of your sleeplessness. Exercise helps reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, in addition to burning any excess energy that is making it difficult to relax. So, try to get a brisk morning workout in a few times a week, or find another physical activity that helps take some of that stress and worry away.

You can also hire help around the house to give you some relief, such as lawn-mowing or cleaning services. If you’re going to hire anyone, make sure you can manage the expense. For example, the average cost of hiring a lawn-mowing service is $49 – $219.

Finding other ways to relieve stress and worry, like journaling, can also help you improve your sleep quality. Finally, pay special attention to what you eat. Comfort foods such as pizza, ice cream, and chocolate can soothe your emotions but when you eat certain foods before bed, you could actually be disrupting your sleep quality.

 

Has Your Grief Reached Unhealthy Limits?

 When you have tried changing your bedroom and you still cannot get enough sleep, it may be time for more help. While everyone experiences grief in their own way, some people may find themselves slipping quickly from normal stages of grief to complicated grief. This intense form of mourning can mimic depressive disorders, but it’s important to note that these conditions are quite different. You still need to seek medical care in order to process complicated grief, but chances are you will be able to recover at some point.

To help make your grieving process a bit easier, try to avoid activities that affect your sleep and can lead to unhealthy habits. For instance, having a drink or glass of wine before bed may seem relaxing, but alcohol actually prevents restful sleep and can develop into an addiction when used as an emotional crutch over extended periods of time.

 The truth is that you may never fully heal from your grief, but that’s okay. We can mourn the ones we’ve deeply loved and lost for a lifetime, in our own way, so long as we learn to live our lives outside of grief. That means practicing self-care, getting enough sleep, and gathering enough strength to pick up those scattered pieces and carry on with our lives again.

 

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Posted by on September 12, 2019 in Health

 

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Super Thought Of The Day: Practicing Self Care

I’m not feeling well today as i write this. Nothing related to my bells palsy (for a change) just a regular cold. I have been organizing a lot since I’ve been back in LA and I think I got run down. Self care is a big issue for me! Meaning, I fully believe in it. So i took the day off to rest.

I’ve learned to listen to my body and do what it needs. How many of us DON’T do that?  How many of us just push thru? I decided that I need to take care of my self but also those around me . I have a job today that I cancelled. I do not want to get my client sick and she get her family sick. That isn’t good. Also not all money is good money and I know especially when you are an entrepreneur, the tendency is to work no matter what! But that’s not good!

I choose to protect the village and get better so that I can better serve my community!

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2019 in Health

 

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Super Tip Friday- Breaking Up Chores Into Pieces!

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I got this idea while recovering from Bells Palsy and some days I would have energy and other days I wouldn’t. AND I still wanted to get things done around the house.

Here is a tip:

On a normal day you might be able to do 4 or 5 things you do. If you don’t have the energy, break it down to 1 or 2 things on a day. Make one day for dusting and wiping counters. Make another day a vacuum day. And so on. Make Mondays the bill paying day. 

Your health comes first and I also know that many of us don’t want our homes to get out of control. AND you want to feel useful. Sometimes doing chores can lift your spirits too.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Super Share: Organizing and Mental Health

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The Above is something I saw and I like it and find it useful. May you find it useful too.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Super Organizer Monday: Organization and Illness

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I’m a Professional Organizer AND I am dealing with an illness, Bells Palsy. I am in recovery. Its been 3 months since diagnosis. When I was first diagnosed, the doctor told me to stop everything and rest and take the meds! The first month I didn’t do anything beyond stuff related to my health. Bells Palsy is a nerve in your head condition, so I needed to not stress out my brain. As I look back on things, being organized helped me in those early days. Having dedicated places for things certainly helped me not stress out.

First I had to tell myself that its okay to not organize anything while I am resting and healing. My health was number one! Half of my face was paralyzed, so It wasn’t hard to rest. In the meantime, since I had things in place, I did what I could to continue to keep them that way. I had a drawer by my bed that had all the meds and vitamins in it. My bathroom and kitchen were set up so I could find whatever i need. I was drinking certain types of tea, so I had those teas up front, on a shelf I could reach, easy to get to. I had a file for the medical records in a special spot. My clothes and towels and bathroom items, everything was easy to get to and they all had their places.It helped.

I didn’t think of this until now.

That the time of the onset of the Bells Palsy, my first and only concern was to  take care of myself. My health was number one. I like to organize and teach others how to get organized, so I knew I needed to stop everything and do what the doctors told me, so that I can return to organizing. Now as I look back, i have found ANOTHER reason that being organized is a great thing. Even if it seems like a little thing, little things counts.

As for actual organizing while being ill, I encourge you NOT to worry about that. My message to you is to get organized while you are well and it may serve you WELL while you are ill.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Thought Of the Day: Could Your Stuff…Kill You?!

Yesterdays blog post by guest blogger Erin Reynolds talks about items and things you do and have in your home that can harm your health. Read here.

I want to add a thought. Could having a lot of “stuff” in your home or space harm you and even kill you?

I say YES!  There are MANY factors that go into this thought and my answer. One of the big ones is too much stuff that depending on how its in your space could fall on you, make you trip and fall, cut you, etc. But I want to go even further. In many cases of cluttered spaces, huge amounts of dust form. Dirt can form too. If there is wet or slightly damp stuff, mold can do major damage. Are there bugs mixed in with stuff? Half dead or dead plants! When they are dead, they can’t omit oxygen to the house.

Sometimes old stuff that isn’t kept up can smell. Your respiratory system can become compremised. Headaches can form.  There are so many benefits to having a clean and not cluttered space.

Something for you to think about especially if you aren’t feeling well and not sure why…

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

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Let’s Clear the Air: How Your Home Can Make You Sick & What You Can Do About It by Guest Blogger DIYMama Erin Reynolds

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We all want a clean living space, but did you realize that even when your home is clean, indoor air pollutants can still be hanging around? Indoor air pollution is often worse than the pollution we’re exposed to outdoors and living with poor indoor air quality can lead to immediate and long-term sickness. To improve indoor air and live better, check your home for these common causes of pollution and take steps to eliminate them.

 

Seek Out the Source

You can’t get rid of indoor pollution without knowing where it’s coming from. Some of these causes are obvious, while others are less well-known and often harder to find.

 

  • Tobacco smoke – Smoke from tobacco contains thousands of chemicals, which are trapped in your home when anyone smokes inside. In addition to being released into the air, the chemicals in tobacco settle into furniture, rugs and just about any other surface in your home. According to The American Lung Association, secondhand smoke can cause respiratory infections, asthma, cancer and even heart attacks.

  • Household chemicals Chemicals come into our homes in many ways you wouldn’t expect. They can be present in your home’s building materials and paint, as well as in furniture, carpet and cabinetry. Many people also unwittingly add harmful chemicals to their home by using chemical cleaning products, air fresheners and personal care products.

  • Pets – Many people have allergic reactions to pet dander, which can be can be mild to severe and often include asthma, sinus problems and respiratory infections.

  • Mildew and mold – According to Bob Vila, mold can grow about anywhere there is excess moisture. If you aren’t sure if mildew and mold are a problem in your home, track your home’s humidity and search for any water leaks.

  • Harmful gases – Radon is a gas that is naturally occurring, but exposure to it has been linked to cancer, so it’s very important to have your home checked to determine if radon is present. Carbon monoxide is another deadly gas that could leak into your home from gas appliances such as gas stoves and hot-water heaters. Installing a carbon monoxide detector is an easy way to keep your family safe.

Simple Steps to Clear the Air

Even though indoor pollutants and allergens are rampant, you can make simple swaps and do some easy, environmentally friendly DIY repairs to eliminate problems.

  • Choose greener cleaning products – Look for cleaning products that are free of petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and other toxic ingredients. Natural alternatives are easy to find and they are much healthier because they don’t release toxic substances into the air.

  • Avoid toxic building materials – One of the biggest culprits of harmful off-gassing comes from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paint. Fortunately, low or no-VOC paints are easy to find and repainting your home with environmentally friendly paint is a simple DIY project. When replacing cabinets, look for ones that are made from solid wood and use only non-toxic finishes. You can also find environmentally friendly materials for all kinds of home projects such as glue, caulking and insulation.

  • Purify the air in your home – You can’t avoid all pollutants entirely, but an air purifier can clean the pollutants out of the air in your home that can cause allergies and asthma.

  • Take advantage of nature – Outdoor air is purified naturally through trees, but you can get the same effect at home with houseplants that remove chemicals from the air. And along with all of these other steps, one of the simplest things you can do is open windows regularly to let fresh air in.

It sounds a little scary to think of all the dangers lurking in our homes, but the good news is that you can easily eliminate many of them. Making these simple swaps is better for your health and the environment, so it’s a win-win. When you make these changes, you will likely notice a difference right away, and you can rest easier knowing you’re protecting your long-term health too.

 

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Check out our Guest blogger Erin Reynolds at http://diymama.net/

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in Health

 

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