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Self-care 101: Kelly's proven sleep trick

Ever lie awake with your mind stuck in a loop? (Seriously - it's called looping. And nearly every woman I know has experienced it.) Sometimes it's that thing from work. Sometimes it's a thing you said/did or didn't say/do that continues to gnaw at you. Sometimes it's not even that big of a deal, really, but your mind keeps spinning it around. And around. And around. Eventually, the sky starts to get lighter. Or maybe you get up and read or do something else.

There is another way. And I'm gonna tell you what it is. (I've told this to one of my aunts, whom it helped, and to at least two friends, for whom it also worked.)

The way I figure it, your brain is in a version of panic mode. It really wants to solve problems for you. Your brain is also a bit of a jerk, so it continues to spin the same problem with "but what if, but what if, but what if."

What I do when this arises (and it still does from time to time, though not nearly as much as it did when I was working full-time) is to assign my brain a different task. Instead of letting it flounder in quicksand of its own making, I ask it to solve a real-life, but low-stress, problem. For instance: If I were to redecorate my bathroom, what options would I want to have in there? Or if I want to reorganize my bookshelves, how would I like to do that?

If/when my brain tries to skip back to the other issue, I just move it back to the lower-stress issue.

One of two things happens: I end up planning a new bathroom or bookcase or whatever, or, more likely, I fall asleep. Because all the stress hormones have dropped off and in their absence, I get bored and get some rest.

I hope you'll try it, and get back to me on it.



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lizziebelle
Mar. 15th, 2017 12:47 am (UTC)
This has been a problem for me for most of my life. I will definitely give it a try!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 15th, 2017 10:10 pm (UTC)
I hope it helps! If you don't have a room to redo, then maybe think about a trip you'd like to take or something similar.
juliakarr
Mar. 15th, 2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
Love this idea & will try it next time my brain wants to solve the world's problems at 2 a.m.!
kellyrfineman
Apr. 3rd, 2017 04:21 pm (UTC)
I hope it helps!
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