Better sleep? Less stress? One depends on the other, and if you’re plagued either by insomnia or excess stress,you’re caught up in a vicious cycle, also known as a catch-22.
So what to do?
Not sleeping enough makes it harder to cope, and that will increase your stress. And being stressed can keep you from sleeping, right?
Ever spent a night fretting about something, an upcoming exam, bills, a job interview, your kids, your health? And the next day, things only got worse, and you were dog tired.
One way to break through that cycle is to break it somewhere.
By finding a way to cut down on the stress, you may well be able to regain your ability to sleep well.
And when you sleep better, you can cope with your life a lot better.
Here are a few tips:
1) Keep a notepad by your bedside.
This will help tame your overactive brain. Whatever worries you might have, just write them all down. You’re basically turning them over to your notebook (or the Universe, or God), where they will be where you left them, but probably less daunting.
And your brain actually goes to work on them once you go to sleep, so you might even wake up with a solution.
There are other techniques that will help you break through that cycle. There’s EFT, of course, and if you attended the EFT summit I wrote about recently, you’ll know all about that.
Yeah, right. If you’re stressed, how are you supposed to meditate?
Okay, I admit it. It’s not exactly easy, but it IS extremely helpful. And you don’t have to make it more complicated than necessary. Here”s the easy meditation method recommended by Abraham:
Sit (or lie) comfortably, close your eyes, and take deep, slow, comfortable breaths. And just focus on thhose breaths, in and out, in and out, one after the other.
If you mind should wander, just gently bring it back to your breath. Do that for about ten minutes, and you’ll be a WHOLE lot less stressed.
It’s best to set a kitchen timer though 😉 so you won’t have to try to check if the ten minutes are up yet — or worry about going to sleep.
Unless, of course, you’re doing this at the end of the day. In that case, by all means, leave the kitchen timer turned off and just keep breathing and focusing on your breath, and before you know it, you’ll …. wake up.
Hope this helps.