I AM THE ULTIMATE PEOPLE PLEASER.
And always have been. In high school, on the worst day of my social life, my counselor asked me if I wanted to call my Mom to take me home. I said no; my reasoning being that then my mom would have to drive back to school 2 hours later to get my brother and my neighbor, even though we lived like 2 minutes by the school. Even today, laying in bed I would start thinking about it and be unable to get back to sleep. To read about the hardest day in my social life, Irony.
TO GET BACK TO SLEEP I PRACTICE MINDFULNESS.
Mindfulness means being in the present time, in the present situation, and thinking of all the blessings that I do have now. My husband would always remind me to think of all the great things that have happened in my life since that time in high school, and look how our lives turned out 20 years later. When he’s sleeping, I write all of my thoughts in a journal, just to get it down on paper and no longer in my head. One thing that really helps me through long nights of wondering what could have been is to remember a scripture:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Mindfulness is concentrating on one thing, like your breathing, slows down your movements and calm your body, let all of your thoughts go. Concentrate on your breathing.
I feel calmer already!
TSome softly playing relaxing melodies can also be helpful to get you in the mood to sleep, hor at least preventing anxious thoughts…try a few options and see what you like, and let me know!
ON THIS THURSDAY, I am very thankful for all the RELAXATION TIPS I have learned to help me with my sleep!