If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. ~Dale Carnegie
On nights when I don’t sleep my best it is usually when my mind gets active and begins to worry about something. If it is in the middle of the night and I am in that not really awake, semi-conscious state, it can be difficult to shut the worry cycle off once it gets going.
I know that I have a much better chance to get a good night of sleep if I go to bed as centered as possible to begin with (something to do with prevention being better than a cure..)
Today I offer us ideas to replace worry with other things in our lives:
1. In reaction to a stressful event or circumstance: know you have done your best or if there is nothing you can do then let it go… know that “this too shall pass” It will!
2. Think of something that brings you pleasure and joy.
3. Think of something you are thankful for.
4. Sit outside. If I sit out in my back patio and just listen to the birds and enjoy my little garden, my mind goes to a good place which has lasting effects right to bedtime!
5. Take a walk outside.
6. Pet and play with your cat or dog.
7. Limit media consumption
8. Watch a fun movie
9. Get lost in a good book. Give yourself permission to enjoy a novel or some poetry.
Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. ~Mark Twain
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