Passion for your business getting in the way of a good night's sleep?

​Do you have nights where you flail around, awkwardly trying to find the perfect position to fall asleep? Can't imagine why your brain is on hyper drive and your body is on fidgety high alert.

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That was me last night and I can pinpoint the exact contributing factors to my frustration.

I invite you to explore what keeps you from falling into blissful rest of an evening as you read.


My two main reasons for not getting off to sleep last night when I really needed it, (I had a 430am wake up call this morning), were choices I forgot to make earlier in the day!

I run my own business which I am totally passionate about and at the moment I am in a creative phase writing and making health and fitness programmes for my online readers. Yesterday I spent the day on many tasks at the computer including sourcing and sending out a 9 question survey asking my community what they want and need from a digital health and fitness offering. Find it here if you want to contribute. I would value your opinion. I also wanted to make changes to my website, edit videos, etc etc.

So, you may wonder what is wrong with all that if I love my work?

Here it is....I started on the computer at 7:00am and with only several stand up breaks I finished at 6:00pm! That is way too long on the computer for me! That is why my brain was rushing around from pillar to post attempting to create more fun stuff.

The second reason I was wide awake at 1:00am was that I had not done any form of movement other than to stand up to make dinner, oh, and go down to the shop to buy eggs. Naughty personal trainer!!! I was so caught up in my work the day flew past. I forgot to make conscious decisions that would benefit my health and wellness.

Watch my "Standing desk break" video to get you up from your work each day!


Have you ever had one of those days where you thought, "Where did the time go?".

What are your mindful practices in a day that allow you to easily drift off to sleep?

Think about yours, write them down, use post it notes around the office if you need to remind yourself. Then remember to implement them each day.

Perhaps doing a daily meditation helps you focus at work and then sleep well. Maybe, like me, getting your workout in burns off the residual energy and allows your eyes to be heavy when you fall into bed. Or do you have a technology cutoff point late afternoon which gives your mind enough time to come down off the constant whiring of business ideas.

Have fun discovering your daily best sleep practices. Once you know them.... use them.


For more on finding your daily healthy foundations read my series Body Balance on Life Labs.


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Charlene Hutsebaut

Corporate Wellness Speaker, Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, Writer & Brand Ambassador, Charlene Hutsebaut, Personal Training & Wellbeing Consultancy | | @positivelyslim

Charlene Hutsebaut B.P.E., B.Ed., CSCS is a personal trainer, pilates instructor, brand ambassador, speaker and writer with over 15,000 client hours and 26 years of experience in the fitness industry. Charlene was honoured to be a Top 10 Global Finalist in the Life Fitness -Personal Trainers to Watch Competition 2015. She was the only UK woman chosen and one of only three in the top ten. The same year she was awarded a Mayor of London Volunteer Award for getting her community moving & united. In 2016 she was part of the team at Eversholt UK Rails Group to win a Vitality Insurance - Healthiest Workplace Award. In 2017 she was asked to take part in the Periscope TV Wellness Warriors Channel and was shortlisted for We Are The City Sport Award. Charlene runs her Personal Training Consultancy in London at the exclusive St. Pancras Hotel Spa and is a sought after inspirational corporate wellness speaker, creating bespoke wellness initiatives to get employees thinking about their self-care through workshops & executive senior leader programmes. She has had regular fitness columns in Passport – the inflight magazine for Monarch Airlines and Total Sports Performance. She is the fitness expert for the book The De-Stress Effect and was featured in How To Hygge. She has written for HuffPostUK, Bodyfit, Prima, FitPro, Fitness Life New Zealand and has been featured in London, Fabric, Grove, Woman, Natural Health magazines, as well as The Daily Mail and Express. | Charlene has been a brand ambassador for Huggies Diapers with Lisa Scott-Lee, Simply Great Drinks alongside UK Olympian Victoria Pendleton and TV’s Doctor Christian Jessen and most recently with Long Tall Sally & Nominou. | Find Charlene most days sharing the healthy realistic message on twitter, periscope, facebook and instagram at @positivelyslim