I’m sure many people can’t sleep tonight…
I’m not referring to those who are in graveyard shift!
I’m referring to those people who have brushed their teeth, put on their pajamas, switched off the lights, gulped a glass of milk, snuggled in their comfortable sheets… for the most anticipated event of the day… sleep!
But no matter what they do, they just can’t sleep!
Why is that?
Because they are anxious about a lot of things.
About their jobs.
About the uncertainties at work.
About the bloody stock market.
About the economy.
About everything they see, heard and read from the news.
About what they are going to cook tomorrow morning… Not that they have nothing to cook but they feel that their breakfast had been a feast of hotdogs, eggs and longganisa… Yeah there is such a thing “what to cook for breakfast” paralysis.
Forget about the last one, but people tend to be anxious about a lot of things that they have no control of.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADDA, anxiety, stress, and depression are some of the most common causes of difficulty in sleeping. Statistics shows that millions of people experience sleeplessness due to the troubles of the mind. Robert Kiyosaki was right.
Our minds can be both our greatest asset and greatest liability.
When worry strikes, I could stay in bed with my eyes glued to the ceiling until the morning alarm starts to buzz. Does this happen to you sometimes?
Unnecessary self-defeating thoughts keep flashing in my mind. Unrealistic expectations, exaggeration of future events and fear of failure run wild as the clock keeps ticking until dawn.
What if I get kicked from my job?
What if the stock market crashes tomorrow?
What if Trump trumps the economy?
What if Duterte dutertifies the government? Whatever that means…
So many what ifs …
How can you sleep entertaining all these thoughts?
No you can’t.
Okay, I do not know the cure of insomnia. But I know that one of the causes of insomnia is anxiety. As a former self-diagnosed insomniac, I’ve learned to cope up with anxiety.
Whenever anxiety attacks, practice the mantra KEVS!
K – Know that everything starts in the mind. So, whenever your mind is troubled, your body will also be troubled. Mind over matter, they say…
E – Evaluate what is worrying you. Is it something that you can control or influence? If there is nothing you can do about it, learn to divert your attention to something positive. if you can’t sleep, get up. Have a walk. Enjoy being awake. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
V – Validate the facts.Pay close attention to what runs in your head before you go to sleep. Are they even real? I suggest writing them down. I can’t stress this enough. But dumping troubling thoughts on paper helps me get to sleep easily.
To sleep is to rest and to relax your mind and body. If you take the time to entertain and get bothered by all these thoughts, you’ll end up restless. If something is bothering you or worrying you, remember KEVS!