3 Ways To Unwind Before Bed
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The alarm clock rings. It’s 5 am and it’s time to go to work. Unwillingly, you drag yourself out of bed and make it to the shower.
Many of us live very busy lives. From early mornings to late nights, and a continuous stream of noise, it’s difficult to just – slow down. It can become even more difficult if the nature of your work or the geographic location you live in is also noisy. Here are 3 ways to unwind before getting in bed – and no, you don’t have become a monk to win at this.
The first method to unwind and enjoy restful sleep is by sitting in silence for 5-10 minutes. You don’t have to sit Indian-style with your legs folded nor do you need to have the tips of thumbs and index finger approximated. Sitting in silence for a said period of time often allows us to fully experience the thoughts and emotions coursing through our minds. These thoughts and emotions may be unpleasant, but the goal here is to acknowledge them as they come into our minds. Begin by trying this for 5-10 minutes and slowly progress until you feel relaxed. Tip: Try closing your eyes too during this “meditation.” It may help start the sleep cycle before bed.
The second method to unwind before bed is by drinking 4-6 ounces of tea that promotes restful sleep. Personally, I enjoy “The Republic of Tea: Get Some ZZZ’s” brand. While we all know the benefits of tea, caffeinated or uncaffeinated, a warm drink is comforting for most people. Be careful not to drink too much as this might have you running to the bathroom in the middle of the night – defeating the purpose.
The third method to unwind is by avoiding stimulating triggers. These triggers vary from person to person. Triggers may include: Watching YouTube videos, listening to stimulating music, watching something that elicits high emotions on tv, etc. By purposely avoiding these triggers, (again, triggers vary person to person so identifying what excites you is important) the mind is able to be still and the heart is able to beat at a restful pace.
Try any of these methods to unwind before bed. If you have specific methods, list them in the comments below. We’d like to hear from you and share them on our Facebook page so everyone could benefit.
In health and happiness,