Updated: Oct 5, 2021
1. Pick up a book
Some light reading before bed can be helpful. Perhaps a spiritual book or a book of quotes or a piece of fiction.
"Writing about your day objectively could help release it." - Chopra.com
What you do before you sleep could dictate your experience, so being aware of any negative thoughts or anxieties, putting them on paper instead of in your bed could improve the quality of your sleep.
A nightly journal entry should be brief and straightforward. Here are three simple steps to follow:
-> Let's start with a recap: Spend 1-2 minutes recounting the events of the day objectively.
-> Plant a seed: In the empty space, write three objectives, aspirations, or affirmations to plant.
-> Close with gratitude: To finish the meditation, think about something you're grateful for.
Gratitude will also help shift us from the fight or flight mode and bring us back into the pre-frontal cortex (where creativity, emotional creativity & intuition happens)
3. Mantra meditation to prepare your spirit
Om Agasti Shahina
The vibration of this sound is associated with calming down thoughts and welcoming sleep.
Better yet, start meditating on a regular basis.
One of the most effective strategies to engage the parasympathetic nervous system is to practise meditation on a regular basis.
Our breathing and pulse rate calm down during meditation, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and discharging the day's tension.
What works best for you, works best for you!
Experiment with different nightly rituals to come up with your own.
You'll notice changes in all aspects of your life once you've set a regimen to help you sleep more naturally and restfully.
The body, mind, and spirit are all intertwined.
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