Self-care for integrative healthcare practitioners

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Rest Properly

Sleep is integral to good health and wellbeing, so maintain a consistent sleep schedule and proper sleep hygiene. Avoid caffeine after noon and alcohol after dinner, as both can disrupt the sleep cycle and lead to waking in the night. Create a bedroom environment that is conducive to good sleep, which could be cool, quiet, dark, clutter-free, and feature comfortable pillows and blankets. Additionally, avoid electronic screens at least an hour before bed.

For those who have trouble falling asleep, establish solid morning and evening routines. Wake up and go to bed at similar times each day. In the evening, create a routine that cues your body to wind down, whether that’s a warm bath, a soothing decaffeinated herbal tea, or reading, listening to relaxing music, or journaling.