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Sheridan is the owner of Remind My Life Ptd Ltd and creator of Remind My Life lifestyle guide. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing and Master Personal Trainer at the Australian Institute of Fitness. She has 16 years experience as a health professional and currently practises nursing in Radiology. Sheridan is innovative, mindful, resourceful and creative and has dedicated her professional life to making a difference to others. Through her experience she has developed ways to be mindful, efficient and balanced and is passionate about sharing her ideas and supporting others to live a harmonious life with more awareness around where time is spent, better health and mindfulness. Sheridan has created Remind my life to encourage you to stop and take action to create a lifestyle you will love. By using the remindmylife app and colour codes as a guide (green for success, orange for ok and red for needs your attention), you can balance your time in blocks of time with your health in mind. You will be able to create time for yourself with your new found awareness and structure your day by using the friendly reminders that simplify life into 6 areas (Work, Exercise, Food, Sleep, Meditation and Free) enabling you to focus on what is important to you and to look after yourself.
Let’s start the journey!

Let’s start the journey!

Let’s start the journey!

Remindmylife is all about starting fresh. Not starting again. Starting where you are right now and making it better! To start fresh, it’s helpful to clear out some of the old. Taking time out for a fresh clean of your house and going through your cupboards and donating clothes can be all you need to start fresh. However don’t get caught holding onto things from the past during this process. Its a trap! The idea is to clear the space and make room to grow.

How can I start my journey of creating a better life. By using Remindmylife you can start fresh through tracking your time, already you will have an established routine in place. One you may not even be aware of. Knowing where you spend most of your time and how much, is powerful as you can use this information to uncover what areas you want or need to work on. Remindmylife keeps things simple by only tracking six areas of life. How much time you spend preparing and eating food. How much time you exercise. How much time you sleep. How much time you work. How much time you meditate and how much Free Time you have for friends, family, games and or going out an about.

Some of your life will really work and some areas of your life wont and thats where you want to make the change. Its helpful to write both down, what works and what doesn’t, so you are clear. At Remindmylife we really understand that everyone wants more free time, to relax and have fun. However no body wants to do the work, have the conversations, make the tough calls or change anything. I can hear you pipe up and say thats not true. But here you are searching for an easy solution. Well the truth is there is no easy solution and you will have to make some tough calls and do some work. Breaking old habits takes consistant action and as you start to really look at where you spend your time it may really piss you off. So to avoid this you will really need to stay focused on what brings you joy, peace and love. And say goodbye to hopelessness, frustration and things that drain you.

Life is just now and only now and being present to that is key to accessing your joy. But you want more of it, I can hear you say, well you need to stop procrastinating and wake up. Wake up to where you are wasting your time and access your joy. You can use the remindmylife app to track your day and practice being present. Everytime you remember to press the timer is one step closer to being present. However, being present takes time, so tracking what you are doing is a great place to start.

Let’s continue to start fresh and maximise your experience of life, by focusing on just 3 key areas, 2 and 1/2 hours of your day as a piority to help you look after yourself and increase your overall enjoyment and wellbeing. Eating and preparing food, exercising and meditating. By being responsible for these three key areas as a piority, you will be able to improve your overall health and well-being and increase the time you have to enjoy and do other things.

Evidence shows that if you prepare your own food at home, you will tend to eat significantly higher amounts of vegetables, salads and fruits. This is great for weight loss and for getting the necessary vitamins and nutients for a healthy body. So all you have to do is simple allocate atleast 1/2 an hour twice a day to prepare food for the day. What’s also helpful here is making sure you have the right ingredients in your house to do this, so once or twice a week write a list, stick to your list and never shop when you are hungry.

Exercising for 45 minutes most days isn’t alot of time to stay healthy. Walking is a great place to start. Mixing it up with muscle strengthening exercises twice a week will also increase strength, bone desity and weight loss. It’s all about creating the habit of being active and getting the benefits from the release of the good hormones. Our bodies need a full work out, so make sure you involve all major muscle groups, but it doesn’t matter what you do. If you are exercising at a higher intensity you wont need to work out as long for the same health benefits but again its all about creating the healthy habit and routine. So work out your schedule at the start of the week and stick to it. No excuses, breaking your word to yourself is the easiest way to take you out of the game. Track your time with the remindmylife app and make the habit apart of your routine. Shift your focus from what you are doing to making the time to do it.

Meditation, what a scary word. Why would I want to sit still and hear the thousands of thoughts instructing me to do a thousand things on loud speaker when I could be doing them. Well, the good news is they are just thoughts, not all those things need to be done and with practice will have no power over you. Meditation can actually be used to achieve mental clarity and emotionally calm states. It is just a word to describe how an individual can use a technique, such as focusing on an object, a word, a thought or an activity to achieve a clear mind. Some of the other benefits include stress reduction, increase productivity, increased focus, increase creativity, emotional balance, decreased depression, pain reduction and improved sleep to name a few. That is why remindmylife values and encourages taking atleast 22 minutes everyday to practice meditation.

Today I’ve really focused on starting your journey, being present, tracking where you are and shifting the balance in your favour in three key areas. Imagine if you just mastered those 2 and 1/2 hours everyday. Imagine how you would feel! Imagine how much more time you would have to enjoy and focused on what brings you joy, peace and love. So let’s start the journey, what are you going to work on?

Sheridan x

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Getting through the first 13 weeks of pregnancy!

Getting through the first 13 weeks of pregnancy!

Getting through the first 13 weeks of pregnancy!

There is alot they don’t tell you about pregnancy, feeling nauseated and or sick was about the limit of what I knew before finding out. Swollen boobs, dizziness, bloating, belching, constipation, sore teeth, reflux and cramps were a few of the unexpected added delights. So Im going to share with you about my journey and how I dealt with these unexpected pleasures.

It was a beautiful easter sunday, camped by the river, the sun was shining and the family was gathering. I was walking through the scrub to check on how the spit was coming along for tonights feast and for the first time I felt nauseated. It was out of character, I hadn’t had much to drink the previous night so I headed back to camp and had some breakfast. Funny enough it went away. Afternoon came and it was back, I had some easter chocolates and again it went away. This was the first time I thought ‘this is strange, could it be?’. With no way of testing the wait started until our return to the city.

So fast forward to pulling up in our drive way, I headed straight for the bathroom cabanet and pulled out a pregnancy test and waited, nothing at first, except one line. Then I found myself willing the second line to come to explain my symptoms. Then slowly after a couple of minutes a second faint line appeared. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Was I imagining it?? I was pregnant.

It had happened so quickly. I was 37 years old and we had only been trying for three months. We just finished competing at the australian dance sport championships when I decided we should start to try. Already being in pretty good health, I just started to taking pregnancy multi vitamins, Folate and Fountain of life (an antioxidant). I continued to exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, work full time, socialize and to my surprise, it happened!

So what next, I called my mum and told work. I had to be moved out of all the X Ray rooms to protect my baby. I stopped drinking, that was easy as I wasn’t a big drinker anyway, but I needed more advice. So I made a doctors appointment to confirm and get the advise I needed. Things to avoid sushi, unpasturised milk and cheeses, deli meats, soft serve ice cream, dips and salad dressings in which vegetables may have been dipped, raw vegetable garnishes, ready to eat seafood, pre-prepared or pre packaged fruit and vegetables including those available from buffets, salad bars and sandwich bars. It was more important than ever to freshly prepare food ready to eat immediatedly. For an extensive list of do’s and don’t you should contact your local doctor, specialist, community health centre or maternal and child health nurse and for more information visit these websites www.foodstandards.gov.au or www.cdc.gov.

So after finding out all the rules for safe foods to eat, safe food handling and storage. I was good to go again atleast until I got sore teeth. So off to the dentist I went. I would highly recommend doing this every year and especially before you start to try. As a suffer of sensitive teeth already, pregnancy made this worse. Thank goodness for Michael my amazing dentist who saw me quickly and advised Sensitive Pro Relief tooth paste, my teeth were back to normal in days.

From 7-8 weeks with all the hormone changes and the increase of progesterone, I have been dealing with a constant battle of belching, constipation and bloating. Its lucky for me as many of my nursing colleges have walked this path before me. They haven’t hesitated in sharing their tips and tricks, Metamucil and prune juice are now my new friends, going for a walk after eating and taking the occasional dose of mylanta have all contributed to getting me through.

By 13 weeks my boobs have now doubled in size, so it’s been neccessary to buy a couple of new bra’s, pants and tops to accomodate the increasing size of my body which thankfully my partner has found very attractive. I’m embracing my new body and all the body changes it is going through and rub my belly with moisturizer each day to help with stretch marks, some use bio oil. The time feels like it has flown and it’s a real blessing I get to grow this little miracle inside of me.

Much love always,

Sheridan x

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Unable to reply to review’s!! There is no bad reviews….

Unable to reply to review’s!! There is no bad reviews….

Unable to reply to reviews!! There is no bad reviews….only opportunities to learn.

Firstly Hello @Ugh, thank you for purchasing the remindmylife application and for your feed back of two stars. This review came through on the app store and Im unable to reply to it. So I have choosen to use this platform to reply. Ive learnt that there is no such thing as bad reviews only opportunities to learn. So hopefully this will be helpful to many of our other users too.

So here we go…You said ‘if you tap on a tile to view it, it just starts a counter’. This is what it is design to do. As described in the description ‘the honeycomb tile is designed to count how long you are spending in that area until you switch to another area’. Yes that’s right you can’t stop it ticking!!! This is because time doesn’t wait for anyone. Remindmylife is designed to track time even when you are doing nothing, so whilst some of you may need more thinking time than others, select free time! Give yourself the time to work out what you want to do in your free time. Free time is when you are inbetween work or eating or exercising or meditiating or sleeping, and when you are on social media, watching tv, hanging out with friends or just dreaming up a great life!! Its amazing how much of it, adds up!!!

You made a comment on user flexibility. I have not automated user habits of their phone, as its more of the same practice of putting ourselves to sleep. Instead remindmylife is designed to practice conscious awareness. Which means you will have to practice being present in every moment of the day and remember to select the next area when you change what you are doing. This should only take a second of your day by opening the app and pressing the next area on the honeycomb screen. However this may not be easy for the first couple of weeks because its new and you will have to take the action to obtain the stats in the areas. The good news is if you forget to press on an area in the past you can go to the completed section (past events only) of the reminders page and amend entries. (Reminders are under the reminders icon at the foot of the page in the bottom margin).

The app has been designed around having a PAST (which show’s up under the COMPLETED section of the reminders icon), being in the PRESENT (which means you select what you are currently doing, for example for me right now its WORK. The tile is selected on the AREAS screen ‘looks like a honeycomb’ and it actively ‘counts’ what you are doing in the present) and planning the FUTURE (which is what you put in your SCHEDULE for your future under the reminders icon).

The areas are labels specifically to be quite broad in nature; so that everyone can count where they are spending most of their time. Here are the areas again and break down of how they were intended to be used.

Food- Which includes preparation time and eating.

Sleep- From the point of turning off the light, relaxing and counting sheep

Work- Which includes working, running eran’s or going to school

Meditation- Which includes sitting quitely, practicing mindfulness or running a bath and taking time out for yourself.

Free Time- which includes cleaning up, shopping, daily chores, having fun, soical media, watching tv, socialising or reading a book the list goes on!!!

Exercise- which includes weight bearing and cardio vascular activity.

Everyone’s lives are so different, with what they do and when they do it. So we have choosen to use broard term to incompass ones life. Instead of getting bogged down by the finer detail.

Remindmylife app is about removing what is automatic in our lives and waking up our conscious awareness around time, where you spend your time most and being present in every moment. The idea of mapping out where time is spent in ones life, is useful for identifying habits that work and don’t work for us. Once identified it is up to us to change or remove those habits from our day by practicing being present and planning the future.

We have created a guide that underpins all time that is enter, to give you feed back. This is done through three colour indicators RED, ORANGE and GREEN. These three colours have the following meaning.

Red-meaning this isn’t good, this area needs your attention

Orange- meaning you are doing okay, but you could try harder

Green – meaning fantastic you are doing a great job.

I apologies for some of the labels being confusing or for the instruction not being clear when you downloaded the remindmylife application. We are working on the user design creating new labels for icons to iron out any confusion. With regards to your comment of ‘it isn’t really tracking when you’re really doing it among other things’ hopefully i have answered that in my response above.

However if you feel it was more of a technical or programming issue you encountered please download the latest version, you won’t be charge for deleting and downloading the latest version and if the issue is still there please let us know by sending us the details to remindmylife@gmail.com. We will do our best to follow and fix the issue asap.

Thank you again. I really appreciate your support and feedback. Details of the full review are below and for more information please visit RemindMyLife.

Warmest Regards

Sheridan

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Ugh

yourgirlferrari

I’m trying to track my day and what I do so I purchased this app…. and this thing makes no sense plus there 0 flexibility! If you tap on tile to view it, it just starts a counter and isn’t really tracking when you’re really doing it among other things! Holding onto the sop and hoping they work the kinks out….

Five steps to keeping your new years resolution!!

Five steps to keeping your new years resolution!!

Make a new years resolution! Don’t be scared, throw your hat over the wall, its fun and can be exciting! 2018 should be the best year, set up by your new years resolutions! So why is it, after years of making them that, they don’t get lit?!

Understanding why is key to Success! Did you know that when you make a newyears resolution you are shining a light on the problem! Nothing wrong with that. Because when you shine a light on an area of life you want to change, everything about that will show up. Say for instance you want to care less about what people think or want to get engaged and he is not asking or you simply want to be less annoyed at people. Its like the opposite happens. People start to annoy you, he never asks you to marry him and everyones opinions are on loud speaker. lol So how do we make it to the other side?

Start by putting what you want out into the universe, be brave and tell people what you wish for. Get it out there, take a risk and share what you want! Its in the conversations youtransform!

Success is in creating a new way of being or saying to deal with what you want, ‘the not caring’, ‘being engaged’ and ‘being annoyed’ like replacing it with the thoughts that ‘I am free to be and act anyway I want, Im free’, ‘if you like it put a ring on it’ or ‘Im flexible and adaptable’. Being able to shake off peoples opinions like throwing a grain of salt over your shoulder is key. If you can bring no attachment to the outcome and focus on yourself and your own thoughts you will succeed!! Here are the five steps to keeping your new years resolution;

Step 1 Make a new years resolution

Step 2 Tell someone about it so you are in the conversation to change

Step 3 Get ready for it to show up everywhere

Step 4 Create a new way of being or saying to overcome or replace old thoughts

Step 5 Repeat.

For tips and tricks visit my website www.remindmylife.com & download the remindmylife app on itunes!

Love, Health and Success to you all for 2018!

Sheridan x

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Does freedom come from organisation? Start the new year with a spring clean!

Does freedom come from organisation? Start the new year with a spring clean!

Does freedom come with organisation? When I googled Freedom, freedom the furniture store came up but thats not the freedom I want to talk about today. The freedom I want to talk about doesn’t come from doing nothing either. Freedom is by definition to act, speak, or think as one wants? And who here feels like you have so much going on that freedom has become a distant friend. What if freedom could be obtained through organisation? Even just a little bit. What if for the next few days before this year ends you just focused on getting organised. Would that mean you would have more freedom?

Here are a few of my tips for getting organised for 2018.

Start with spring cleaning the house, yep the bathroom, kitchen and lounge. Get the mop and bucket out, dust and clean the house. Allow at least-3 hours of free time to do this.

Have a break then, head to the bedroom. Go directly to the closet. Get ruthless, pull out and tidy up your clothes and donate a bag to charity. You will feel great and if you haven’t wore it in the last two years, its likely you wont in the next.

For those of you traditionally shopping at the boxing day sales now reading this, go treat yourself to some new sheets. Going to sleep in new sheets is a great way to start a healthy sleep habit for the new year and clean out the closet when you get home.

Okay you are half way there. Keep going you are doing fantastic!! Now for the big one head to your desk or should I say virtual desk. Yes the one with all the emails, papers and bills, the one you have been wanting to ignore. Go through them, delete them, sign them, pay them, address them. And if you can’t deal with them put them in order and start dealing with them one at a time, starting tomorrow. But get it done before the year is out. You have time!

Have something to eat now you deserve it. But keep the momentum going and whilst you are standing there with the door open clean out all of the out of date food and dressings you have in there. Look in the cupboard too, wipe them out and group things together so there is space to see what you have.

Now its time for a walk, take the kids out of the house for an hour and try spot a few birds in the trees, listen for their whistles. They are there trust me. And when you get home run yourself a bath or have a shower, the point is to take time out for yourself, manscape, paint your nails.

Lastly, poor yourself your favorite drink and pat yourself on the back. You deserve it! Hopefully you are now starting to get a sense of freedom, even if it’s just a little bit.

Lots of love

Sheri x

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Habits! What’s holding us back? ….

Habits! What’s holding us back? ….

Habits! What’s holding us back? What is the desired lifestyle? For me its being able to do what I want when I want and have the health, ability, energy, money, freedom and time to do it.

So what holds us back? Is it our current jobs? Is it our current routines? Is it the people around us? What is it? Are you frustrated and feel like you are going around in circles? Like life is like ground hog day. Do you have a bunch of ideas, struggle to relax and enjoy your children, struggling to find a moment for yourself to recharge, watch the latest episode of stranger things, orange is the new black or house of cards on netflix’s. When did you take time out to meditate, exercise or have sex? Have you neglected your health whilst raising your children or chasing your career. Is it time to get things back in shape?

There is no time like the present. Most of our day is unconscious habits made up years ago. I get it, I get the frustration you can’t change something we don’t know about or are unconscious too. We have apps to track your calories and your finances. However why hasn’t there been an app to track the most important thing in your life, your time. All successful people know that time is the most valuable asset they have. The good news is as a registered nurse and qualified personal trainer I really got the value of how precious time is and how quickly it can be taken away and I created RemindMyLife application which tracks your most valuable asset, your time.

So why would tracking what you already doing, be helpful. Well knowing what you are doing is the most powerful access you will have to making any change to your daily habits you have, because after all most of what you do everyday is habit. Habits that you have adopted over years of conditioning, good or bad we have them. So how does it work?? Im excited to bring you Remindmylife an app to track time. Simple tap and track your daily habits from the moment you wake up til the time you go to sleep.

Track for 6-8 weeks to see the routine patterns of your life. With this valuable insight to your life you can then choose to keep or change habits that don’t serve you anymore. If you master your day you will master your life.

For me the most important thing in life is to create as much free time, so I can have the energy and freedom to do what I enjoy. So to do that I have broken life down into 6 important areas to take care of to support the lifestyle I want to lead. Work to make finances, Sleep to regenerate each night, Food to provide my body with the nutrients its needs to keep performing, Exercise for strength, agility and tone to maintain my ideal body shape and support the activities I love to do, Meditation to clear my mind and Free Time to do what I want when I want.

Here is six simple steps you can use to change your daily habits!

Step 1. Tap and track your routine. The key to change is knowing what needs to change. Tap and track your daily routines with remindmylife application, a diary or a calendar. Use what works best for you.

Step 2. Choose what you want to change. I suggest one thing at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself by trying to change too many things at once. Once you have chosen.

Step 3. Have the conversation’s around what you want to change with all involved parties and why.

Step 4. Write down why you want to change and post it everywhere, set reminders using remindmylife app, write it on a post it, put it on the wall, put it next to the toilet, where you wake up, put it on your screen saver and at your work desk.

Step 5. Make the change and immediately take the action.

Step 6. Consistently take the action everyday to create your new habit.

Version 2 released! Receiving feedback!

Version 2 released! Receiving feedback!

Its been three months after releasing the first version of Remind My Life and I have had lots of feedback. What is feedback? feedback is defined as information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement. Can I just say, thank you! I have had some amazing people download my application from financial advisors to other app developers. Doctors, nurses, tradies, friends, mothers, fathers, students and entrepreneur’s. It has been exciting to hear that you have downloaded it and even more what you have discovered, liked and disliked about Remind My Life application.

Here is some of the feedback…..

Some of the negative feedback I received has been sheri I downloaded it and then I didn’t know what to do….oops pretty big oversight by me. Instructional screens missing for first time users loading before the dash board, app too highly priced at $4.49, over 2800 impressions and only 43 downloads, Sheri the screens are taking too long to load, I’ve had multiple notification sent for reminders set. So it’s fair to say, I missed the mark on a few things with the release of the first version.

Some of the positives I’ve received, ‘it’s more than an app its a time awareness tool, I didn’t realised how set in my routine I was’, ‘I discovered I was only exercising for 12 mins when I thought I was doing 20’, ‘ I’ve lost 10kg since changing my life style’, ‘I can see that meditation was missing from my routine and could really help reduce my stress’ and ‘I really love looking at my stats’.

So what is the Remind My life application? and what have I done with your valuable feedback?

So I’l start with what is Remind My Life application first. Remind My Life application is a lifestyle guide, designed to balance your time with health in mind. It is simple and easy to use. The application counts how long you spend your time in each area of your life. With one simple tap you can start tracking your time. Once you have done this you can use this information to increase your awareness around your daily habits and increases your ability to improve your lifestyle.

I have simplified life into 6 areas. Sleep, Exercise, Food, Work, Meditation and Free Time. Each area of life has it’s own positive affirmation and simple tap and track system. Using this simple system to tap and track every minute of the day. You will gain powerful insights to your daily habits and routines. Which you can use to improve your lifestyle.

Time management can be challenging at the best of times. By breaking up life into 6 areas you can simplify life and improve your time management. Having only six areas to worry about will decrease stress and increase your focus and attention on the tasks at hand.

In the background for the technically minded, time has been weighted, calculated and divided into 6 equally important areas to simplify life:
Work, Food, Exercise, Meditation, Free time and Sleep.

It uses three colour based indications to help organise your life.
Green: Yes, you are doing great.
Orange: You are doing okay
Red: Oh no, you could definitely work on this.

What I have discovered is if you take control of your routine, you can improve your attention, communication, increase productivity, relationships, task outcomes and stay on track to achieving your lifestyle goals.

Remind My Life stats allows you to analyse your stats daily, weekly or monthly. Plan your day and check your balance. Implement change instantly and improve your lifestyle one area
at a time.

Features within the app include positive affirmations, one tap tracking of where you spend your time, setting reminders for planning your day, checking your balance, colour indicators for instant feedback with integrated calendar colour feedback. Stats tracking for easy analysis and push notifications to keep you on track.

Tracking how you spend your time will create awareness and insight into your everyday day life and routine. You can implement change and restore balance if needed. Setting reminders will help you achieve your goals and keep you on track to achieving your health and lifestyle goals.

So that’s a little bit about the application, so what have I done with your valuable feedback?

I have tested, updated and worked with my amazing team of coders to fix the problems. I have tested again and updated and worked some more with my amazing team of coders and then I’ve tested some more and finally released version 2!! Yeah!! People in the industry say apps are never finished. And Ive starting to believe it. Im sure there will be further testing and updates that will follow. But Im really hoping I have made it closer to the mark this time and satisfied questions you may have had.

I have started a blog with tips and ideas to balance your life. You will be able to see previous articles before this one by going to the blog section of my website www.remindmylife.com. I have also implemented Instructional screens to load for first time users before loading the dash board, I have increase the speed of the loading screens by working with my amazing technical team to speed things up, I have fixed the bugs that send multiple notification for the same reminder. And finally as Remind My Life app remains a no advertising app, I have reduce the price to $1.49.

So some final thoughts on feedback, the second version and a request. Firstly feedback, I love it. I find it interesting, motivating and inspiring. It activates the action man in me, so thank you. The second version, I really hope Im closer to the mark and finding your enjoyment of monitoring your lifestyle and implementing changes to create balance. And lastly a request! If you have reached this point can you please like and share my post. One thing missing from my app is iTunes review! If you can find the time which there should be plenty of it now as you have downloaded and started using Remind My Life…no seriously can you please give me an uber 5 stars and a review on the iTunes store. I would love to get enough reviews so my app is rated. Thank you so much.

Lastly this application is a guide and is not meant to replace seeking one on one assistance or guidance from a health professional or lifestyle coach but to be used to compliment and encourage you along the way. For more information visit www.remindmylife.com

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Sleep

Sleep

How to Find Time to Sleep

The Sleep Health Foundation recommends that adults get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Before you scoff at the amount of hours that you could otherwise be spending working or being productive, remember that you can’t have a fully functioning mind if it’s exhausted from lack of sleep.

Our relationship with sleep is very closely associated with our relationship with time. Those who are busier among us may choose to lose a few hours of sleep in favour of an hour at the gym in the morning or time spent working from home into the wee hours of the night. Contrary to your own belief that you’re winning and checking things off the to-do list, you’re actually just robbing yourself of the time you need to recharge and refresh your mind. Sleeping helps reboot you and keeps you more focused and creative. It’s important to prioritise sleep because taking care of yourself helps you stay connected to the essence of who you are and lead a more balanced lifestyle.

Why You Need to Prioritise Sleep

Many people decide what time they’ll go to bed and wake up based on their many tasks each day. Sleep time is what’s leftover. Making this lifestyle a habit can lead to chronic sleep deprivation, poor concentration, mistakes, fatigue and all of the risks associated with chronic sleep loss.

Tips for Making Time for Sleep

Keep your energy levels and mental capacity up by making time to sleep. Here are some tips for the more sleep-deprived and anxious souls among us.

Manage your time better

If you’re the type who stays up until 2 in the morning to get your work done, it’s more likely the effect of poor time management skills. Try to reschedule so that you’re working in the earlier hours of the morning.

Set a bedtime and wake-up time

Don’t just go to bed whenever you feel like it. You need to discipline yourself to resist urges like another episode of suits or game of thrones, as they will then cause you to push your day later and later into the night. Meditation can help you resist impulses http://blog.remindmylife.com/. If you have trouble falling asleep, select a bedtime that is consistent with the times you’re likely to sleep well. Go to sleep when you feel sleepy and get up at a time that you don’t necessarily need an alarm clock, as long as you are meeting your responsibilities.

Get a handle on stress

A build-up of mental trash can stay on your mind as you try to drift off. Writing it down can help remove those thoughts from your mind. And again, meditation can help you take the trash out so that you can learn to relax your mind and fall asleep.

Consider ditching caffeine

If you need that one cup in the morning to become a human, that’s fine. However, if you can’t sleep on caffeine, avoid it. It will only serve to continue the underlying problem.

Be more productive

Boosting your productivity and finding ways to do less work, smarter will give you more time to sleep and less time stressing over the work you brought home with you.

Set no-work hours

Give yourself a few hours at the end of each day where you aren’t allowed to work. This will help calm you before bed, and it will also force you to wake up early to get tasks finished.

The Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep

A lack of sleep not only makes you grumpy, foggy and lethargic, it also effects your sex life, memory and overall health. Here are some of the possible effects from sleep deprivation:

Increases the chance of accidents

Sleep deprivation has been responsible for many well-known disasters throughout the years, including Exxon Valdez oil spill, the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979 – as well as the infamous nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl.

It’s also a dangerous public hazard on our roads. Drowsiness slows down reaction time much like drunkenness does, increasing the chance of having a fatal car accident.

Impact on cognitive processes

Not getting enough sleep can make you dumb. That’s right, getting sufficient sleep means your general ability to think will increase in addition to your ability to learn and recall new information.

A lack of sleep means you won’t be able to remember all of the information acquired throughout your day once you do finally lay down. Your alertness and attention are also impaired, which can create behavioural problems and mood swings.

Physical health problems

Those suffering from insomnia or other sleep related problems frequently report other physical issues which can be associated with lack of sleep.

Some of these include:

Heart disease
Irregular heart beat
High blood pressure
Heart failure
Stroke, and
Diabetes

Another physical problem that can occur with lack of sleep is a decrease in libido. When your body is not sufficiently rested, you are likely to have less interest in sex. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2002 suggests that many men with sleep apnoea also have low testosterone levels.

Need some help balancing your life and finding time to sleep? Download the RemindMyLife App today! Balance your time with health in mind.

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Sheridan

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Making time to Meditate….

Making time to Meditate….

Making Time to Meditate

You don’t have time to meditate, you tell yourself as you needlessly scroll through Instagram for the 12th time. Let’s face it, as much as we’d like to be improved, fully functioning humans, we don’t always want to put in the time. Something like meditation that requires a lot of focus and brainpower more often than not gets pushed to the back of our minds, especially when you have to worry about work, family, friends, fitness, eating right and every other little worry that the modern world pushes on you.

However, what if we told you that all you needed was a few minutes a day, let’s start with ten, in order to be able to meditate and be mindful? That’s doable, isn’t it? It will take a bit of prioritising and discipline, but once you get started, you can find a holistic approach to all aspects of your day-to-day, leading to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Why Should You Meditate?

Meditation is not just about relieving stress and refreshing yourself in those ten blissful moments of mind blankness. Practicing mindfulness will help in all aspects of your life, from helping you settle into the moment to helping you cope in a world that overloads and overwhelms you with communication and information. It makes you more productive by increasing your capacity to resist distracting urges, and research even shows that meditation improves your relationships, increases your dependability and raises your performance.

Being able to focus your mind and stay in the present moment can seem like kind of a superpower. Without training your brain to achieve true mindfulness, your mind ends up lost in thought. Not many people realise that they are always thinking without knowing they’re thinking. Thought is incredibly important; we use it to do everything from performing heart surgery to carrying on a conversation. However, most of us spend every moment of our lives in a sort of autopilot thought process that distorts our lives and emotions and engineers our unhappiness. After all, most of what we think as our minds wander is rather unpleasant. Meditation can give you more control, cutting through negative thoughts and self-doubt that arise without our permission.

Tips for Beginner Meditation Practices

If you are trying to make a commitment to mindfulness, here are a few tips to get you started:

Start Early and Prioritise

Try meditating first thing in the morning if possible to start the day with a fresh slate. If mornings aren’t your thing, make sure to prioritise meditation and pick a time every day. Try to do it the same time and same place every day, as this will establish a routine and make the practice familiar to you.

Set Reminders

Either set reminders on your calendar or download a helpful app like RemindMyLife that creates conscious awareness in every moment by setting helpful reminders that will keep you focused.

Be Patient and Non-Judgemental

Many people who just start out tend to be a bit hard on themselves. Remember, there is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ meditation. The long term goal is most important, so be patient with yourself and your progress, and learn to forgive yourself.

Assess Yourself After Each Session

Take a mental note of how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally after each session. Once you establish a connection between feeling good and meditation, you’ll have a much easier time finding time to practice.

Find the time to meditate and balance your life with the RemindMyLife app!

Create structure around time and live a healthy lifestyle.

Making Exercise a Part of Your Routine!

Making Exercise a Part of Your Routine!

Making Exercise a Part of Your Routine

It’s one thing to know that exercising every day is important in maintaining health, wellness, emotional stability and a killer bod. It’s quite another thing to implement this knowledge into our busy daily schedules, especially if you have a demanding job.

Finding time to work out shouldn’t stress you out. All it takes is a bit of discipline and you can be on your way to creating a healthy, structured lifestyle that gives you time to have it all—work, family, free time, meditation, plenty of sleep and a healthy diet.

How Much Time Do I Need to Spend Exercising?

Ok, so you’re already wracking your brain trying to think of when you can squeeze in some exercise. How much time do you need? Ideally, adults aged 18 to 64 should do about 45 minutes of exercise each day. That’s not too difficult.

According to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), you’re looking at:

150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week
75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week
Or a combination of moderate and vigorous-intensive physical activity.
Muscle-strengthening activities should involve all major muscle groups and done on one or more days a week

How to Incorporate Exercise into Your Routine

If you’re dedicated to making a commitment to caring for your body and mind, here are a few tips to help you incorporate exercise into your daily routine.

Find Something You Like

Not everyone likes going to the gym, running on a machine and lifting things up and putting them down. Some people do. If you already know what you don’t like, it’s important to find exercises that you do like, as long as it fits your lifestyle, personality and taste. Try experimenting with different forms of exercise until you find something that suits you. Perhaps you prefer Pilates, rock climbing or Samba. Maybe it’s all three. If you enjoy the exercise, you’ll make time for it.

Find a Buddy

When you have a workout buddy, not only do you have someone to enjoy these activities with, but you also have someone to keep you in line if you get lazy. In addition, having someone to work out with can give you a little competition and it can combine social and leisure time with exercise time.

Temptation Bundling

A lot of people are learning the beauty of temptation bundling, which is a simple way to boost your willpower in many situations. Do you have a guilty pleasure? Love watching Home and Away? Tell yourself you can only watch your favourite program or listen to your audiobook or podcast when you’re exercising. That way, you’ll get through the workout faster and you’ll look forward to it.

Make a Schedule and Stick to It

Working out is a priority worth keeping, not only for your health, but also for your own sanity. Don’t let work or anything sort of an emergency keep you from making that date with yourself.

Track Your Activity Levels

By writing down what you achieved with each workout session or tracking how long you are exercising for, you can keep track of your improvements, notice when you slip and generally monitor your progress and stay motivated.

Choose Something over Nothing

If you really can’t make that 45 minute session once a day, don’t skip exercising all together. Do something over nothing. Break it up into 10-15 minutes three times a day, take the stairs. There is plenty of quick workouts you can do that will help you stick to your routine and stay in the fitness mindset.

Finding time to exercise is all about creating structure and balance around your time. Create a balanced lifestyle in all areas with the RemindMyLife app and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back every time you do something for yourself.