Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.
Sleep – the elusive butterfly. It flits around at night taunting us with promises of sweet relaxation and blissful dreams. Every living being needs sleep. Sounds easy, right? So, exactly, how many of you get enough sleep? Between job stress, family issues, and worry about just about everything else in the world, sleep has become something we all wish we had more of. Add into the mix the upcoming holiday season and we have a recipe for distress!
There are various causes to our lack of sleeplessness. Maybe we have some type of health issues that disrupt our sleep. If that is your situation, it is best left to discussions with your physician to help you resolve those problems. The same would go for insomniacs, people who habitually cannot sleep.
What about the majority of us who don’t fall into those categories? There are some easy steps you can take and there are home remedies that do work. Practiced in conjunction with a nightly meditation session, you will find some relief.
Draxe.com/can’t-sleep shares “20 Ways to Fall Asleep Fast:”
Many times our sleeplessness is caused by our own mistakes. Eating too much, a late night cocktail, or simply staying up too late and getting up too early. Mindbodygreen.com
shares “7 Sleep Mistakes You Don’t Know You are Making, and How to Fix Them:”
Here is my favorite 10 minute guided meditation to ease anxiety, worry, and urgency from Positive Magazine Meditation Relaxation Inspiration. I like to listen to this video sometimes when I am worried about something and feel like I just cannot let go of it. I use ear buds with my tablet and just lay back and listen to the soothing words.
One of my favorite websites, “No Sleepless Nights.com” reveals relaxation techniques to help you calm your mind so you can get a good night’s sleep. Here is another video to take you through a guided muscle relaxation process from inner health studio:
If all else fails, I get up and read a book and enjoy a cup of herbal tea. Chamomile tea is one that helps me relax.
Here is another link from No Sleepless Nights.com that talks about all the different kinds of teas to help you sleep. I found it interesting that No Sleepless Nights.com suggests there is no real scientific evidence that drinking tea will help you sleep. Many ancient and folk remedies used teas and tinctures for healing. I have to say that if it works for you, go for it!
Remember to consult your doctor if your sleeplessness interferes with you living your life. Lack of sleep is nothing to mess with! Sleep well my friends. ❤
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Remember, this is not a challenge. This is an offering of support. If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making. If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of the things I take for granted in my life.