Updated: Feb 27, 2022
Are you waking in the middle of the night with worry and spiraling thoughts?
Tired minds don't plan well. Sleep first, plan later. - Walter Reisch
Poor sleep maybe be a sign you are overworked and under-rested. Your brain simply has too much to think about and not enough hours in the day to process. Let's discuss a few ways to retrain the brain and create more space for calm and rest.
Make your bedroom a safe and nourishing space
Remove clutter, clear surfaces, and take away anything from your room that doesn't promote feelings of calm and softness.
Bring in warm and soothing colors, soft fabrics, and objects that feel healing to you.
Keep work and life tasks out of the bedroom whenever possible. Designate this as a space for rest.
Before bed, set a timer for 5-10 minutes and journal anything and everything that comes into your head.
Do not pause or go back and read it; just write until your time is up.
A few minutes per day before bed will help to unclutter the mind and decrease these pesky ruminations at night.
Get into your body
Choose a guided meditation, do body scan, or do some simple stretches before bed to reconnect with your body.
Connect with nature
Ground yourself before bed, literally. Put your bare feet in the grass, tend to some plants, stare up at the sky, or go hug a tree.
Nature has a lot to teach us about stillness and taking time to rest.
Pausing to connect in these easy ways can promote strong shifts in the mind and body.