This week, The Mindful Bride shares some tips on how to bring the element of restoration into your life and why it’s vitally important to all aspects of your health.
The 2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults showed that lack of regular, quality sleep was a measurable burden on public health, social life and workplace functioning. Add to this, the pressures of daily life and a culture that seems to encourage the concept of multitasking, and we have the perfect recipe for the challenges of health imbalance. Although the myth of humans being able to multitask has now been busted (humans can’t actually do this successfully) even our ability to swap rapidly between tasks can also have a cost to it.
Every time we switch from one task to another in a short space of time, the brain needs to recalibrate and spend energy on creating a new focus. Dr. Earl Miller, Picower Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, says that planning to be productive and focused rather than juggling tasks sets us up for better outcomes. 
Sleep is without a doubt one of the greatest restorative measures that we can apply in order to recover from this activity. But how good is your sleep hygiene? Recent studies show that ‘Sleep deprivation increases negative mood states, worsens emotional regulation, and induces extra sensitivity to emotional and stressful events.’  While quality and regular sleep are of utmost importance, resting while conscious is also highly valuable.
- Judith Lasater
Learning to relax is at the heart of living well.
By practising conscious relaxation we can train ourselves to ‘let go’ and enjoy a state of ‘being’ to compensate for all the ‘doing’. The Mindful Bride works with several approaches such as restorative yoga (passive, supported poses) Yoga Nidra and iRest as well as encouraging clients to find their own unique ways to practice restoration. Other activities such as Shinrinyoku (forest bathing) can be a way to have time out. For others it might be a walk along the beach, or sitting by the fire and indulging in a bit of daydreaming. The important thing is to find what works for you and make it a part of your week.
Finding this balance in turn comes full circle back to the integrated approach where we understand through the brain-gut-skin relationship, that what is good for your mental health and nervous system is ultimately good for your skin. Authors, Grossbart and Sherman state in their book Skin Deep: Thanks to its close connections with the nervous system, the skin is acutely sensitive to emotional events as well. ..it blushes when we're embarrassed, and it glows when we're happy.’ 
The Mindful Bride offers unique programs that focus on wedding preparation through an integrated approach of five key elements: Nourish, Move, Breath, Restore and Integrate. Next week we will share the final of this five part series - how you can integrate all these principles into daily life as a way to nurture yourself in the lead up to your wedding day.
 Miller, E. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5JNpTySQ_8
 Pilcher, Callan & Posey, 2015. Sleep deprivation affects reactivity to positive but not negative stimuli. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79(6), pp.657–662.
 Grossbart, T. and Sherman, C. (1986). Skin Deep. Health Press.
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