Switching Off!

Can you not switch your brain off?
Do you find yourself lying awake at night?
Trying to sleep, but things keep popping into your head? Things you're worried about? Things you have to remember?

This is probably getting you stressed, imagining things going wrong, which is making you more stressed!!

Maybe you've got a lot to do tomorrow, or maybe you've had a busy day and you're just reliving all the stress in your head. Why? This will stop you from relaxing.

So I'm sharing a few tips today about
1. Remove distractions
Clear away any distractions. Noise, light, gadgets.

2. Breathe
Concentrate on your breathing. Lower your heart rate. In through your nose and out through your mouth. 

3. Stop focusing on the fact that you need to switch off. 
Stop thinking about the fact that you need to calm down, or fall asleep.
Trying to force yourself isn't going to achieve anything.

4. Write it all down.
Why you are stressed. What you can't forget. What you are worrying about. It can wait until tomorrow.
5. Chill your life.
If you frequently find yourself unable to switch off, maybe your mind is telling you something. Maybe you're doing too much, maybe you need to step back and focus on your well-being.

6. Remind yourself that your worries are not helping.
You're preventing yourself from fixing the problem. You may be worrying about something ridiculous. Stop over-thinking and take a break. 

7. Finally, if you're trying to switch off and fall asleep. 
Turn that Ipad off. Turn your phone off. Put ear plugs in. Whatever it takes. Just be you. 

Do you find yourself taking on too much?

Do you struggle to switch off?


Laura said...

Oh god, I could have written this. I'm terrible for switching off at night time. I can be tired all day yet as soon as I get in bed I end up worrying about everything. Having my iPhone by my bed doesn't help either! Fab post, love your blog :) x
The Dysfunctional Mother xx

Lindi said...

Amazing that I would post just directly below you, this is exactly what I need to be reminded of, I am terrible at switching off and so this was great reminders. I obsess about switching off and never seem to be able to do it, I am sharing this on my facebook group as well. Lots of other women over achievers can definitely use this. thank you #sundaystars

Book Bairn said...

It's my phone that I really need to switch off! That would help my brain switch off too. My New Years Resolution has been to read a little everyday and it has been a great help in switching off at bedtime! #sundaystars

Sarah Bear =] said...

Thank you for sharing! I agree reading in bed is a good idea. Just no gadgets! :)

Karen Whitlock said...

Reading a book always helps me switch off. Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

Aby Moore said...

Great tips, this is something that I struggle with A LOT. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x