Thoughts Keeping You Awake at Night?
Finding It Difficult to Fall Asleep?
Thoughts that are keeping you awake clearly want some attention. Otherwise, they would not still be lurking around in the back of your head, keeping your mind and body from unwinding and relaxing into a good night’s sleep. Ideally, sleep helps process our emotions. I look at a good night’s sleep as comparable to an effective filing system – while sleeping, your mind files what needs to be kept and your emotions discard anything unnecessary.
Your emotions then have time to settle, and your intuition has a chance to speak to you. A good night’s sleep allows for a fresh mind, the possibility of a new approach, to start the day feeling more balanced.
Thinking habits and problem-solving skills, no matter how good and effective they are, do not always allow for the mind to be at peace every night.
There is only so much you can do with your mind to help you relax.. Not being able to sleep usually happens when your thoughts are running away with you. These thoughts, more often than not, are from the immediate past or about the future – relating to something that may or may not happen tomorrow.
The best way to shift your thoughts away from worries is to focus on something else and engage your body. One proven method is to pay close attention to your breathing.
Try this method:
This is about being realistic as to what can and cannot be done in the moment. Worrying about something you can do nothing about in that moment will only make the problem seem bigger. Allow yourself to be realistic about what can and cannot be achieved by resting rather than worrying. And get a good night’s sleep.
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An excerpt from
Balance - A practical Handbook for Life's Difficult Moments
by Suzie Doscher
Available in any Amazon store worldwide.
Suzie Doscher, Self-Help Author, Executive Coach and Life Coaching focusing on Personal Development
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