Our sleep patterns have a significant impact on our physical and mental health. But when you are trying to fall asleep with an anxious mind, there are many challenges that can come up.
When you stop using food and other buffering behaviors, you will be bombarded with the emotions that you have been pushing away. This can be scary, but it can also be a great opportunity to get to know yourself.
When you find yourself too anxious and wound up to sleep, try these steps:
1. Write a Thought Download
Grab a peace of paper and write all the thoughts on your mind. Write for 5-15 minutes. It can be messy and scattered, just write anything that comes to mind.
2. Organize Your Thoughts
Separate the helpful thoughts from the unhelpful thoughts and spend time practicing thinking those thoughts.
3. Turn off the Screens
I know it can be tempting to fall asleep with the television on and scrolling through social media, but those things will keep your minding spinning and keep you awake.
4. Practice Some Self Care
Turn on a diffuser, put some lotion on and stretch. Just do whatever feels best for you.
Try some of these things and show yourself the most care by simply taking care of yourself. You deserve a good night’s rest.