Mind Over Matter. The Importance of Warming Up and Winding Down.

Last Updated on June 12, 2024 by holly@curata.com.au

Our minds are incredible organs, capable of amazing feats of creativity, problem-solving, and memory retention. However, like any other part of our body, our minds also need care and attention to function at their best. One crucial aspect of this care is the practice of slowing the mind down before bed and gradually stimulating it upon rising.

The importance of slowing down the mind before bed cannot be overstated. In today’s fast-paced world, many of us are constantly bombarded with information and stimuli throughout the day. This can lead to an overactive mind, making it difficult to unwind and relax when it’s time to sleep. By taking the time to slow down and calm our minds before bed, we can signal to our bodies that it’s time to rest, making it easier to fall asleep and achieve a more restful night’s sleep.

There are many ways to slow down the mind before bed. Some people find meditation or deep breathing exercises to be helpful, while others may prefer to read a book or listen to calming music. Whatever method you choose, the key is to create a calming bedtime routine that allows your mind to unwind and prepare for sleep.

On the flip side, it’s also important to gradually stimulate the mind upon rising. Just as we need to calm our minds before bed, we also need to wake them up gradually in the morning. This helps to set a positive tone for the day ahead, increasing alertness and productivity.  If you were to go to the gym you would warm up your body before starting your workout, your mind should be treated the same way.

There are several ways to stimulate the mind upon rising. Some people find that engaging in a brief morning meditation or yoga session can help to clear the mind and prepare it for the day ahead. Others may prefer to start their day with a cup of coffee or tea, which can help to boost alertness and focus.  Recently, we have seen the popularity of using ice baths as a popular way to stimulate the mind and body.  Personally, I like to put the runners on and hit the pavement. Whatever, you choose, the art is gradual stimulation not going from 0 to hero.  The key is to gradually wake up your mind, rather than jolting it into action. This can help to set a positive tone for the day ahead, leading to increased productivity and overall well-being.

Taking the time to slow down the mind before bed and gradually stimulate it upon rising is crucial for achieving a restful sleep and a productive day. By creating a calming bedtime routine and starting your day off on the right foot, you can help to ensure that your mind is functioning at its best, allowing you to tackle whatever challenges come your way with clarity and focus.

Tory Trewhitt

Tory Trewhitt

Tory’s knowledge and experience is diverse having worked at both The Australian Institute of Sport and the Victorian Institute of Sport before heading abroad to work as an Exercise Physiologist for BUPA in the UK.

Tory worked across both the Private and Public sectors as an Exercise Physiologist and Conditioning Specialist before starting his own company, Corporate Health and Fitness in Feb 2001.

An exceptional motivational speaker, Tory focuses on helping individuals and corporate organisations to achieve wellness, both physical and mental, through health. This led to the segregation of his original business so he could focus and operate, Tory Trewhitt Executive Health Coaching.

During his career, Tory has worked with a large demographic including having trained celebrities, elite athletes, corporate workers, disabled and elderly clients.

Tory Trewhitt

Tory Trewhitt

Tory’s knowledge and experience is diverse having worked at both The Australian Institute of Sport and the Victorian Institute of Sport before heading abroad to work as an Exercise Physiologist for BUPA in the UK.

Tory worked across both the Private and Public sectors as an Exercise Physiologist and Conditioning Specialist before starting his own company, Corporate Health and Fitness in Feb 2001.

An exceptional motivational speaker, Tory focuses on helping individuals and corporate organisations to achieve wellness, both physical and mental, through health. This led to the segregation of his original business so he could focus and operate, Tory Trewhitt Executive Health Coaching.

During his career, Tory has worked with a large demographic including having trained celebrities, elite athletes, corporate workers, disabled and elderly clients.

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