8 Ways to Calm the Chatter in Your Head Before You Attempt to Sleep
Now more than ever, stress and anxiety are at an all-time high for many of us. With the pandemic, economic uncertainty, political issues and social unrest creating intense concern, is anyone getting any sleep? Fear of COVID, loss of jobs and income, business and school closures on such a grand scale are testing the resolve of millions of people. On any particular evening, various studies show that between 50–70 million people have trouble sleeping.
I am one of those millions, not sleeping. As the days drag on and turn into months, my regular employment seems to be a distant memory and the hope of returning to that job, less probable. The weight of the government lockdowns and delayed reopening of business and industry, takes a heavy toll and creates more stress for me every day. I can keep my mind busy during the day but at night that little voice gets loud. My mind races every night rummaging through the same questions:
- How long do I wait until I actively search for a new job?
- How did we allow ourselves to get so divided?
- Will we ever recover from this financially?
- What will things look like in 6 months or a year?
And so on, and so on.
It is easy to lay there wide awake, while your mind is going at warp speed, hurling out questions, problems and worse case scenarios. It can quickly spiral into feeling overwhelmed and that the situation is beyond repair. The lack of sleep then carries into the next day, making it difficult to concentrate or find the energy to accomplish anything meaningful. The cycle repeats and pretty soon you are on that hamster wheel running hard and getting nowhere. Quieting your mind is one of the keys to getting a good night’s sleep.
8 Ways to Calm the Chatter in Your Head and Get a Better Night’s Sleep
- Set an alarm 30–45 minutes before your bedtime, as a reminder that it is time to wind down. Create a routine you can follow each night leading up to bedtime, that helps you quiet your mind.
- Stay away from cell phones, laptops, televisions or anything else…