Beating Anxiety: How to Sleep Better at Night When You Can’t Silence your Thoughts

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I’ve been suffering from anxiety and insomnia ever since I was pregnant with Ashli, 17 years ago, and I know that anxiety can be debilitating. After all, at times you may feel as though nothing you do helps and you may even find the whole thing to be very exhausting as well. If you know that anxiety is keeping you up at night then it is more than possible for you to turn this around with a few simple tried and tested methods.

Go to Bed and Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day

I know it’s not easy, but the first thing that you need to do is make sure that you are going to bed at the same time every single day and that you are waking up at the same time as well. Daylight will help you to set your own sleep patterns, something I like to do is open the blinds and curtains immediately when I get out of bed to let the sun into our home. Doing this, helps to me “wake up” and feel much more alert as well. This can even help you to boost your endorphins as well, which is great for calming anxiety.

Exercise During the Afternoon

While exercise is fabulous for helping to keep anxiety under control, it’s not a good idea to get your adrenalin pumping close to bed time. You will end up boosting your energy levels at the wrong time and this is the last thing that you need when you have trouble sleeping. If you want to get around this then make sure that you work out in the afternoon. When you do this, you can tire yourself out for later on in the day and it also helps to give you that mental break as well. After all, when you are working out, it can be much harder for you to stay focused on the things that you are worried about and this can work wonders for your health. If you are still struggling to sleep then check out natural remedies for insomnia.

Try and Focus on the Positives

At night when you find your mind wandering, try and focus on the positives in your life. Don’t worry about work tomorrow and don’t worry about the other things that you have going on in your life. Instead, focus on the more positive things that are going on and also try and make the effort to stop your mind from wandering. A great way to manage this is to write your thoughts down in a journal, this will give you a physical representation of your thoughts and it may also help you to relax at night as well. 

Do you have any tips for managing anxiety at bedtime? Share them in the comments and I’ll try them out.

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