Photo credit : Janos Boszormenyi
Photo credit : Janos Boszormenyi
Ever since I heard Johan Grobler’s story, I became inspired by the excellence cultivated at Vastfontein and wanted to write this article! What a privilege!
In today’s culture, we are conditioned to pride ourselves in going to bed in the wee hours of the morning and getting up at the crack of dawn. This classifies you as a go-getter! One of those who make it count. “We’ll sleep when we’re dead.” Well, the lack of sleep might just get you there sooner.
I’m a big advocate of the fact that God created humans just like machines. Take away one of the vitals like oil or maintenance, then the entire machine will begin to wear out and finally break down.
Sleep deprivation almost always affects mental health first; some people become moody and others are just more prone to whatever their weaknesses are. Surprisingly many health conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, weight gain and depression, can be traced back to lack of sleep.
How Light Affects Sleep
Exposure to bright light or daylight decreases the production of Melatonin – the sleeping hormone. This hormone is naturally higher in our bloodstreams during night time and much lower during the day. This hormone can be taken as a supplement but be warned that it has it’s own set of side effects if not naturally produced.
Planning a Sleeping Routine
Plan a bed time ritual to wind down. At the end of the day, we are just like our children! If we follow the same routine every evening before bed, your body will start preparing to fall asleep on a subconscious level.
Manage Your Exposure
Switch off electronics and external stressors at least 40 minutes before you plan to fall asleep. Blue light from cell phones and tablets also decreases the level of Melatonin in your body. Probably the worst thing that could happen is receiving an upsetting email from work or an exciting new project that you just can’t stop thinking about.
Make your bedroom your haven. Do not use your bedroom for an office. Do not put a television set in your bedroom. This is where you rest. Your subconscious mind will immediately pick up the surroundings and start preparing your body for sleep.
Ideal Sleeping Positions
I have learned the hard way that sleeping in the wrong position, can horribly impact both your sleep and your quality of life during the day. When sleeping on your stomach, your head is forced to be pointed to either side of the body, you can easily strain the muscles in your neck and cause migraines during the day. They recommend rather sleeping on your side but the first prize being on your back.
What to Wear to Bed
I have read in a medical magazine at my doctor’s office that you should keep your room cool and wear light long sleeved clothes. This allows your body’s natural thermoregulation to keep your body cool. I’ve gone ahead and tested this theory and was pleasantly surprised!! I slept longer and deeper with my snuggly nighties!
I literally blew my own mind last night with this recipe!
I don’t know who to give the credit, the brand of wine I was drinking or the fact that my husband was out so I had the chance to cook dinner?!
After the third kind of meat I defrosted, I saw the Corn Flakes in our pantry…. And it just came to me!! “Deep fry the chicken in Corn Flakes!!!!”
So I took out the chicken fillets, defrosted them and cut them into 1.5cm slices, beat them with a hammer, dipped them into beaten eggs, then into the smashed corn flakes and voila!!!! Success!!!
Here are the golden nuggets of wisdom I learned last night :
What you’ll need :
“Values are the little suckers who control your life and outcomes subconsciously, without you even realizing it!! It is best to find out what they are and make sure they are in line with what you actually want for your life. These can be listed as Family, Purpose or Money. We all have reasons behind the reasons that drive us. We don’t always think of them but they are ever present and ever influencing.”
The Adventure of Self Discovery
Eliciting your values is a lengthy process and part of the comprehensive coaching program which is a costly exercise.
This article will guide you to what your real values are. The wonderful news is that you can ‘edit’ your values on a subconscious level, to guide you to the outcomes you really desire for your life.
Values are not ideals. They are not the presentable paragons that fill your mind when you tell someone what is important to you. Values are embedded in your subconscious mind and can only be identified by looking at your day to day life.
Dreams always tell the tale of what is important to you, what you worry about and what the most prominent thoughts are in your subconscious mind.
When you drive, or ride a bike, you don’t consciously think of each action before you take it. These actions are governed by your subconscious mind. You know they say you never forget to ride a bike!? The unfortunate thing is that you cannot control your subconscious mind. It controls you…
Unwinding at Groenkloof Nature Reserve… 🙂 NOTHING LIKE A DOSE OF NATURE!
Every two years Jurgen travels to Munich, Germany for Electronica. In 2014, I got to tag along and travel to Europe for the very first time!!!
I was 32 weeks pregnant with Jurgen at the time – so this was quite the adventure!!
We traveled with Pat and Frank, Jurgen’s shareholders and dear family friends. Thankfully Frank is German, so he was able to show us around!
This is the highest peak of Germany on the border of Austria, overlooking the Alps. When you turn around, you have this view of the Eibsee back in Germany.
Next, we visited the Neuschwanstein Castle.
Marienplatz in München
Johannisbeere is a berry indigenous to Germany which they make a local soft drink from. This was rather popular with me being pregnant and not being able to have my red wine!!!