Friday, May 15, 2020

How To Unwind Before Bed

With everything that’s been going on and just the current reality of things it makes it a little bit of a challenge to settle into a routine, especially at night.  For me personally where I am not doing as much during the day in terms of going here and going there it really creates a feeling of just being restless at night and a flurry of completely random thoughts floating around at night, that can, at times, definitely create a feeling of anxiety and having way too much active thinking going on to be able to fall asleep at a reasonable time. 

As probably everyone does in the age of technology I have googled a few things and searched for a few tips via hashtags, some of which have actually helped a bit. I’m sure I am not alone in having a difficult time falling asleep at night, so… here are a few tips that I have personally found to be useful!
1.      Deep Breathing// It’s recommended to do deep breathing exercises for 10 minutes; I personally find that to be a bit too long and cut it in half. I have to say a little deep breathing before a shower really does help!
2.    Take a Hot Shower// Sometimes I feel like a nice, long hot shower really does rinse the stress of the day off and help you to relax. Sometimes at night when I wake up and can’t go back to sleep I hop in the shower for 5 minutes and it does the trick
3.    Netflix// I know it is usually a faux pas to watch TV or check your phone an hour before bed, but I have found that I can tune out by watching a 30 minute show right now a lot better than I can by reading a book {which I normally love to do}
4.    Exercise// Obviously don’t do this one right before bed, but at some point during the day.
5.    Positive// Mentally make a list of all the positive things that happened throughout the day and the accomplishments you have made over the course of the month/year thus far. With everything on the new lately it’s hard to not get dragged down by all the negative news reporting and the current situation, and I have found that focusing on a few positives makes all the difference
6.    Write It Down// as cliché as it sounds, sometimes it really does help to write down what is bothering you
7.     White Noise apps// If all else fails white noise apps are great to help you relax and drown out some of the thoughts you have running through your head

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