I have had sleep issues as long as I have been battling mental health issues, which is coming down to a rough total of ten years. However, it had somehow never occurred to me to seek out help for this specific problem.
Finally, this year, I was offered the chance to partake in sleep therapy as a way to keep me occupied while on the wait-list for treatment. For six consecutive weeks I would be learning all about sleep health, and how lifestyle and mentality can affect your rhythm. In this post I’ve summarised for you how the sleep therapy treatment has effectively changed my routine.
Though at the moment of writing it’s unclear how long the “intelligent lock-down” will be lasting here in the Netherlands, it is fairly certain that globally we will be dealing with this for a while. Recently I wrote about my favourite things to do alone, and boy, I had no idea I would be needing that list so badly. Passing the time in quarantaine is a different matter, though, so this time I’ve compiled a list of my favourite things to during quarantine.
The very minute Dutch schools closed, my brain switched to work mode. Everything immediately went digital, meaning communication about work continued 24/7. Soon I was beginning to find difficulty switching off and separating free time from work.
Some days I’ve managed to find a pleasant rhythm and routine, but other days I’m still struggling. It’s a work in progress. However, knowing that many of us are faced with this challenge, I wanted to share some of the tips I have to help you separate work from home during this bizarre isolation period.
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A couple of years ago, I started playing music whenever I was having trouble falling asleep. It’s turned out as one of the best coping mechanisms for me, and has helped me through my most challenging mental health issues. Now, I play music every night as I go to bed. There’s always a few albums that help me calm down.
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When I was living in Sheffield, I was forced to learn how to be alone for the first time. Now I have come to believe that spending time by yourself is a very healthy habit for everyone to practise. So for today’s post, I have summed up some tips and activities on how to spend time alone.
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At a party recently, I spoke to an Australian guy who had observed the Netherlands as a country where everyone’s always in a rush. An interesting notion that stuck with me, because there has always been something indescribable I don’t like about this country. Was this it?
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I have been back in the classroom as a teacher for half a
year now, so I have had plenty opportunity to become reacquainted with young
adults. I watch my students interact with peers, express their opinions, and
discuss all sorts of life issues. It led to a moment of reflection as I
wondered: what would I really like my students to learn?
I sat down to put this reflection into words, and considered the 5 main qualities I hope my students will practise.