Welcome to week 3 of sleep month. This week we’re taking on the busy mind that conspires to keep you awake. If you have ever experienced repetitive or negative thoughts that make it impossible to doze off, you know exactly what I mean. Fortunately, there is an app for that. 😉
Tip #1: Don’t be so hard on yourself. 😞
Gratitude has been proven to help people fall asleep faster and to sleep longer and better, which was related to having more positive thoughts and fewer negative thoughts at bedtime.
Forgiveness is similar to Gratitude. It can reduce negative physical and mental states that interfere with sleep (like tension and anger) and is associated with better sleep quality.
Tip #2: Learn to jump off of the train 🚅 of runaway thoughts.
Practice Noting, which will help you to identify less with thoughts and emotions as they arise, creating a little more space to not get caught up in their momentum.
When your thoughts are spiraling, Drop the Storyline will help. Noticing the story you are telling yourself, and just allowing yourself to drop it for a few moments, can transform the way you feel. It’s been shown that the lifespan of any particular emotion is about 90 seconds, and that it’s actually the story about it that keeps the emotion going.
Sweet dreams! 💤