Ever have difficulty falling asleep?
Thoughts whirling around or your body holding on to tension? Both? The usual advice doesn’t work — going to sleep later and getting up earlier, exercising more, avoiding large meals later in the day, cutting out caffeine, having a warm glass of milk. Even counting sheep doesn’t help. (Did it ever?)
Quality sleep is important
We all know that sleep is important to our health and well-being. While our habits and lifestyle play a role, we can also learn exercises to enjoy better quality sleep. One of my favorites is counting your blessings. Here is a quick and dirty how-to list to get you going when you’re trying to fall asleep:
Count your blessings
- Get comfortable. Lie flat on your back or try your favorite sleeping position.
- Smile. Even if it hurts.
- Identify one good thing that happened in the day. Anything, however small.
- Nothing? Keep trying.
- If you’re still coming up empty, is it safe to say you lived through the day? Good. Count more blessings, if possible. If not, stop at being alive.
- Breathe in and exhale, focusing on this blessing(s).
- Repeat, slower each time, until you feel more relaxed in mind and body.
Let me know how this works for you, if you decide to try it. Do you have other techniques?