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Stress and Sleep

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.


Journaling Brain-Dump
  • 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

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.




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