Here is how you can calm your racing mind to get a good night’s sleep.
We have all been through that stage where your brain just cannot turn off when you go to sleep. Some people categorize it as insomnia, others as anxiety. And while there are many scientific and grave reasons for the same, sometimes it is merely dependent on certain situations in our life which affects our peace of mind.
As someone whose brain legit never stops thinking and working this is something I have already tried and tested. While I will not say that one trick will work for all, you definitely have to try a few of the tips given below to identify what works the best for you.
Also, I will do my best to introduce some techniques that are not mainstream like “TuRn OFf YoUr PhOnE”. I mean I don’t think I can sleep without my daily dose of memes.
A very good example would be on Monday try not going through your email before you sleep And on Tuesday restrict yourself from watching tv before you sleep.
Is it watching your favorite tv series or is it talking to your friends?
The best way to do it is to just think and that is it.
What is your favorite activity of the day? Is it listening to drake? or is it just taking a walk?
Personally, for me I am the happiest when I am on my bed just watching youtube videos. And hence that is what I do right before I go to sleep because it relaxes me and stops my chain of thoughts.
Poems and quotes.
Whenever I am going through a certain phase in my life, I like to make a folder out of all my poems and quotes that I resonate with. It could be poems that describe what I cannot share or quotes that ignite hope in me and I read it every night before I go to sleep. It acts as a daily reminder and gives me the assurance that things will be alright.
One thing that I often notice is that your chain of thoughts mostly comes from within you and rarely on the people around you.
If you seem to be missing a specific person, the subconscious thought behind the same revolves around the guilt that you could not make them stay.
If you stay up angry at your colleague who got the promotion, the thought that is bothering you is not envy but the guilt of not being good enough for the post.
Therefore eliminate guilt, now this entirely depends upon the kind of situation that you are dealing with but recognize your emotion and ration with it.
I have not met anyone who did not benefit from journaling and the main reason why most people are not interested in doing the same is because it feels like a daunting task. But who said that you have to fill up pages,puking out your emotions each night? I am the leader of the couch potato clan and I know how to make it easy.
You do not even have to write full sentences, sometimes I have written just letters and that has cleared my mind too. You can literally just scribble or draw random shapes if it helps you as much as writing a whole paragraph
Remember that you do not need to make your journal perfect; it is your own personal record of emotions.
This not only keeps you organized but calms you down when you feel overwhelmed with work
Even when you have assigned a project the only thing that you can control is how well you do the task, not how well appreciated it is. So stop trying to control every aspect of your life and start enjoying the journey itself
Personally, having a set routine trains my brain to shift from work mode to rest mode and I have an easier time falling asleep. Since lately I have been working from home I also like to set a deadline to my work day and start winding down . Not going to lie , I look forward to my night routines a lot.
Ensure that you have good curtains, dim lights,and soundproof walls and doors. Some Other personalized preferences would be habits like reading a book or meditating or even having a hot beverage
Some issues root deeper than something a blog post can solve, it could be a trauma or even an anxiety disorder, while I can give you numerous tips on how to handle your thoughts but there is no harm in consulting a professional when it comes to handling issues which are more severe Remember that there is no shame in asking for help