Your head hits the pillow and you’re exhausted from your whirlwind of a day. You thought for sure you’d fall right to sleep but here you are, staring at the ceiling because you can’t stop your mind from racing! Have you ever had a night like that? Or maybe every night is like that for you!
The good news is – no matter how many of these nights you’ve had, you CAN tame your thoughts and get a good night’s sleep! And it takes just one super simple strategy!
Why does your mind race?
The real reason your brain won’t quit is because it’s afraid it will forget something. It knows you need to rely on it and it wants to be trustworthy, so it keeps rehashing the same thoughts over and over again to keep them fresh in your mind. Unfortunately, that means racing thoughts that just won’t quit… And sleepless nights.
So, what can you do to stop your mind from racing?
Well, the answer is simple! Help your brain out by giving it a break! The simplest strategy is to keep a journal by your bedside. It can be as plain as one of those 20 cent notebooks you can pick up at Staples or Walmart. Or you can get fancy-schmancy and get a cool journal that speaks to you. Here are some of my favorites:
Set yourself up for success.
Before bed, write out whatever is on your mind.
- Thoughts from the day that are still lingering
- Things you know you have to remember for tomorrow
- Grab your calendar and write out what you have to do for tomorrow
If you wake up in the middle of the night and your mind starts up again, grab that journal and start writing. No need to even turn on the light and disrupt your sleep more than you have to. Just write down whatever is on your mind, place the journal back down on your bedside table, and go back to sleep. Your mind doesn’t care if you’ll be able to read what you wrote the next day. It only matters that you purged those thoughts down on paper to help release them from your brain. It’s the act of writing that matters most.
A good night’s sleep does not have to be elusive! You can stop your mind from racing. It just takes practice and being diligent about calming those thoughts by purging them on paper.