In a recent post we talked about ways to be more confident. One of them was playing and focusing on our strengths. For this morning’s meditation and journal writing time I’d like you to think about all the “bright spots” in your life. Make a list of anything in or about your life that gives you a boost.
My list of bright spots would look something like this:
1. My patient, loving husband
2. My comfortable bed.
3. My really good coffee.
5. I have a great laptop computer that enables me to create and communicate at my convenience.
6. I am healthy.
7. I am a good teacher.
8. I have a date with my hubby at one of our favorite restaurants tonight.
9. I live in beautiful Florida, just blocks from a gorgeous beach and the Atlantic ocean.
10. The Warm Milk Journal and all of my new friends I have made from this project.
There are more of course, but just listing these few have made me feel pretty good, already. What a wonderful start to the day.
Have a blessedly bright day,
It’s not quite the weekend yet but if we are finding ourselves fatigued as the week wears on, we just may need a boost of fun in our routine.
In your journal write down as many things as you can think of that sound fun to you. Don’t judge or edit, just write the list….
A few things that come to my mind right away are:
Your turn : )
I love to write lists. It is an enjoyable and relaxing activity. If you are having difficulty sleeping I recommend getting up and writing some lists in your journal. While you are writing your mind will be so focused on your lists that you will forget that you were struggling with insomnia. Soon enough you will get sleepy again.
Three list ideas for today: your favorite places, places you would like to visit for the first time, and a list for Santa
My ten favorite places in the whole world:
Ten places I look forward to visiting one day:
Ten things for my list to Santa this year.
Dear Santa, I have been good this year. Here are my wishes. I thank you in advance for your consideration:
Thank you, Santa.
Much love always,
What positively, absolutely delights you? Get out your journal and make a list. Don’t think too hard on it. Just write.
Ready, set, go!…
I could just keep going on and on. This is just so much fun, isn’t it?
Debra ; )
“If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep” ~ Dale Carnegie
We can use our journals in a variety of ways: recording life events, recording dreams, writing down things we are thankful for, writing down our worries, a spiritual/prayer journal, and we can do exercises that are designed to get our minds doing “busy” work so that we can get sleepy again.
If you are being challenged with insomnia, the last thing you want to do is stress about the fact that you are not sleeping. If you have tried various things in your bed such as tension , breathing, visualization, and meditation exercises and you are still awake- I recommend getting up. You will only grow more frustrated as you lie there awake and watch the clock’s time move minute by minute….
Get up with your journal, with enough light to write but make it a soft light. Make yourself that cup of warm milk or herbal tea and relax….I am not going to suggest you think too hard about anything now. The writing exercises I am going to offer are “busy” exercises to get your mind occupied and doing something besides worrying about the fact that you are not sleeping.
You can try:
My “C” Poem
Crazy for you I am
Cute you are
Couple we are
Have fun with your journal. You can be as creative or mundane as you want.
Debra : )
In your journals, as fast as you can, write down as many words as you can that:
This exercise ought to tire that monkey mind right out and get you sleepy again.
Sometimes doing something kind of mentally challenging will get our minds off our insomnia and back into slumberland.
In your journals, pick a letter of the alphabet and list as many words as you can that start with that letter.
Keep going until you are tapped out and then start a list with another letter. Sooner or later, your mind will grow tired.
Have fun, and good night.