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Monday, September 09, 2019

We finally got some rain at my house. It's still rumbling thunder outside, but not too close. Ever since the rain started, I've wanted to curl up in bed and sleep. I know just as soon as I finish the going to bed ritual, I'll be wide awake. Right now I can barely keep my eyes open.
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    36 days ago
    After you've done the going to bed ritual, just go to bed and snuggle with the covers and relax. Then go through a mindfulness routine and think of all the things you like about being in bed - the feel of the sheets - the softness of the pillow - how the bed cradles your body - how safe it is and warm and cozy. Think of nothing other than the delights of being in bed...finally! And allow your eyes to get heavy. Allow your thoughts to slow until you dreamland. If strong feelings of anger or frustration arise, preventing you from sleep, just get up, go into another room and get out some paper. Write down your feelings and thoughts. Turn the paper over and leave the pen on top of it. Find a comfortable chair. Read a magazine or do a puzzle or knit if you do that sort of thing or a good book (non-thriller) and continue until your eyes get heavy again. Go to bed again and repeat as mentioned before - only this time, if your thoughts turn to frustration again, just remind yourself that you don't need to think about any of that because you wrote it down on paper and can read that in the morning if you want to. Gently guide your thoughts back to your comfortable surroundings and your thoughts of gratitude until you fall...sound asleep.
    36 days ago
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