No staying awake tonight!
You are going to sleep well tonight by doing these seven things…
1. Be content with the way things went today and let the day go…
2. Take a warm bath
3. Slip on some cozy loungewear or jammies
4. Focus on love: your children, pets, spouse. Love them, be thankful for them…
5. What are some of your other blessings?
6. Stretch gently
7. Read something relaxing.
Good night and sweet dreams,
If you find your mind slipping into a worrying state, do one of these ten things:
1. Remind yourself of this fact: “this too shall pass”
2. Remember that tomorrow is another day. Each time we focus on something new we create a new beginning. That can be tomorrow or even RIGHT NOW.
3. 99% of what we worry about never comes happens.
4. Smile and “fake it till you make it”. If we physically act cheerful, we will in fact become cheerful (and worrying anxious thoughts don’t stand a chance. Ha!)
5. Jump around in your living room by yourself or with family members to music or just laugh and be silly.
6. Get busy doing something. We tend to worry if we are being idle.
7. Write down a list of things you are thankful for in your gratitude journal.
8. Get moving!
9. Go outside. The natural world is very calming to the nerves and feeds the spirit.
10. Sit up a little taller and declare “I Am enough! Worry, be banished!”
Some of us get our energy from being ”out there” a lot: talking and interacting with others frequently, going to parties, etc. (extroverted)
Then there are those of us who primarily are most centered and get our energy from within: from peace, quiet, and solitude.(introverted)
There is no right or wrong way to be. We are just wired how we are wired.
I would characterize myself as being more introverted than extroverted. That does not mean that I am not friendly or a total loner who does not seek the companionship of others. On the contrary, I treasure my husband, family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc.
What it does mean, is that I have a high need for alone time to: process life, nurture and replenish my soul and spirit, and gather my energy and strength. If I don’t get this time I am downright irritable and off balance. I appreciate socializing but in small amounts. Large parties wear me out. I can have a good time at them but it is not my preferred way to spend my time.
Is there something wrong with me? Over the years I have asked myself that question from time to time because I think our society tends to affirm the extroverts of the world more.
In a recent post I wrote about accepting ourselves. With self acceptance, comes true peace.Otherwise we are stuck in a state of constant anxiety and worry.
If you are a person who is introverted, I encourage you to embrace that part of yourself. You are most likely a sensitive, introspective, thoughtful, and creative person.
When you doubt yourself (and we all do), affirm yourself by declaring: “I AM enough!”. Write it in your journal. Feel those words. Believe them.
Life can get kind of overwhelming and crazy at times. Even when we think we are centered and balanced, it can catch up with us at times and knock us off balance. When this happens it is sometimes helpful to just turn it over to a higher power, God, the divine, the universe (whatever has meaning for you spiritually). Letting things go (especially things that we have no control over) is sometimes the right action to take. Know that we are doing our best. That is really all we, God, and life can expect from us.
If the stress in your life is getting to you and affecting your peace of mind, simply tell yourself “I am enough”. If it is bedtime this is something you can silently tell yourself as you are getting ready to go to sleep.
Breathe. Think “I am enough”. Breathe again. Think “I am enough”. Breathe……
Repeat until you fall asleep.
Debra : )
During times of stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness, I often feel inadequate. So many responsibilities, things piling up on the to do list- how will I do it all? Or I will mull over some “mistake” I think I made, or worry about what somebody thinks of me..all bad tapes I play and torture myself with when I am in this negative, anxious state.
A couple of years ago I attended a church service that had a wonderful message that day: I Am Enough! We were told that when we are stressed, we can just stop the worry and just know that we are enough. Just as we are. We are doing our best.
So if you are beating yourself up about something right now, tell yourself “I Am enough!”. Think it. Say it aloud. Proclaim it. Own it. Write it in your journal. Tell it to your significant others in your life. Write it on a sticky note and put it on your desk at work and refer to it throughout your day.
I Am enough.