“WHEN I WAKE UP, I AM REBORN” – MAHATMA GANDHI
As surprising it may sound, practicing forgiveness, gratitude, and mindfulness may indeed help us get a better night’s sleep during stressful times.
We all tend to lose sleep during a stressful period because of various reasons like stress, unwanted thoughts, future worries, and fear of the unknown (probably the most common one). And we do not notice the damage it does until it is very evident and difficult to reverse. Loss of sleep or uncomfortable sleep can make anyone irritable and is also capable of making you unhappy and unhealthy if lasts long.
Sleeping well is as necessary as eating well and is equally responsible for a healthy life.
Fortunately, there are many things worth trying, that may help us sleep better, and have more to do with our minds than our bodies.
Try these few things to have a peaceful and healthy sleep regime.
Mindfulness meditation helps people fall asleep easily and experience better quality sleep overall as concluded by a recent analysis of several high-quality studies.
Those who practice mindfulness do not lose as much sleep as those who do not, likely because it protects them from worries and rumination.
It helps people relax by allowing them to recognize and accept negative thoughts without having to fight them and thus prevents them from losing control.
Many online programs can be found to give it a go if you have not already tried mindfulness meditation.
Letting It Go
For some people forgiving others or letting things go is hard especially when they see forgiving someone as an injustice to themselves. But studying forgiveness can make you understand how it is not only necessary for a relationship between two people but also for self-healing.
Thus letting go of grudges that decrease our personal well-being is really important.
If holding on to things is giving you sleepless nights then it should not come to you as a shock that you are the one ruining your peace. Understanding that some things are not in our control can be useful as it will help you realize that holding onto such things and getting upset over them is going to land you nowhere.
Additionally, those who are more self-forgiving also sleep better because they were able to let go of their mistakes more easily.
Forgiving someone can make us happier, more helpful, less anxious and less depressed, and more at peace. It can improve our relationships with others and can also keep us away from unnecessary drama giving us fewer things to dwell upon.
Self-compassion is a tool we all can use to sculpt our lives into something beautiful. Self-compassion helps us to be kinder to ourselves as we go through the ups and downs of life. We can unknowingly develop low-grade depression by beating down ourselves too much for perceived mistakes and flaws, therefore we should rather spend our time, paying attention to our internal and external experiences, recognizing when we are suffering, and trying to bring ourselves out of it.
At the end of the day, only you can understand your problems completely and help yourself.
Self-compassion will provide you with the peace you have been searching for all over and will help you achieve the goal of getting a good night’s sleep.
The best thing about these practices is that they can also be used alone and will not cause any undesirable side effects.
So try to become a healthier and happier person by including these practices in your life.
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