At night, the busyness and movement of the day… S T O P S. Things slow down, and your mind turns UP.
Or, is it just me?
I’ve really had to work at managing my night anxiety without the distraction of an impulsive, interrogative partner. At times, his chaos was better than dealing with my own thoughts and night-time anxiety. Here are my tested, tried and true ways to mitigate those night-time worries.
Night-Anxiety = SOggy leftovers.
- You can’t reheat chipotle too much, it becomes soggy and gross. Consider the same for the those thoughts that “pop up” at night and drown you, keep you from sleeping. Those thoughts are leftovers, suppressed from earlier in the day when you were too occupied to digest them. Realize that you’re chomping on soggy leftovers, and try something new, like the following advice:
Wear. Yourself. Out.
- If you work-out regularly, or if you are just considering starting, it will truly help you sleep at night. Just start. Wear yourself out! For me personally, I work out in the mornings by running. You may prefer to work out at night, it’s up to you. This energy transmutes into my day as I write, research and work. At night, the soreness in my legs is so intense that I am eager to lie down, once I lie down , the thoughts/anxiety start. However, this leads to my next tip:
- While laying down, if the thoughts/ night-anxiety begin… start to recite all that you are grateful for in your mind. (You can also type this on your iphone, but staying away from blue light is probably best.)
- I usually turn off all lights, ask Alexa to play rain sounds, close my eyes and begin to recite in my head: “As I fall asleep peacefully, I am grateful for: *list blessings here* – no matter how big or small, go over every thing and person you are grateful for. You’ll be asleep in no time.
Try it, and comment below if it worked for you!