Week 2: Mind - Day 6: Maintenance/Self-care

anx·i·e·ty - noun

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.


From our friend Maria @runningmyselftogether

“Sleep is important. We all know that. But, if you’re busy or you’re anxious, sleep becomes lower on the list of priorities. So, how do you teach yourself to fall asleep when your mind is running faster than you are?

First, let’s back up a bit. Have you ever been so nervous about something that you laid awake at night, tossing and turning for hours, unable to count enough sheep to doze off?

Of course you have. We all have.

Maybe it’s only happened to you a couple of times, maybe you go through periods of sleep deprivation, or maybe you live with constant insomnia.

Regardless, we know the inability to sleep is crippling, both mentally and physically.

I’m not here to tell you how how important it is, because I don’t know about you, but reading articles about the importance of sleep stress me out and make me even more anxious. It’s like, “Hello! I know sleeping is important. If I could sleep I would!”

Stressful.

But, I’m here to hopefully help. Because of my anxiety, I struggled with being unable to sleep for a lot of years. I still do, sometimes, but I’ve learned how to work through it.

So, when you can’t sleep here’s a quick list of things to run through to begin counting sheep and seeing “z’s” (is that a thing?)

  1. Meditation

  2. Chamomile Tea/Lavender/Melatonin

  3. Read

  4. Exercise“

I want to add on to this with a prayer to allow God to take over for the night, put your mind at ease, and allow yourself to sleep.

 

Lord,
You are King of the universe. Thank you for this mind, thank you for the ability to think, process, and analyze. Tonight I have a lot on my mind, but I want to trust in You. Lord, increase my trust in You.
By the power of Jesus Christ I banish this evil spirit of anxiety, and demand it to go to the nearest Tabernacle.
Jesus fill me with Your peace.
In the words of Pope Saint John XXIII, "It's your Church, Lord. I'm going to bed."
Amen

 

 

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