Ever have one of those nights when you just can’t fall asleep? Toss. Turn. Rollover. Repeat.
The clock on the nightstand continues its relentless path toward the hour of reckoning, just a few short digital “ticks” away. You watch the minutes flip by, desperately trying to relax and let go. The harder you try, the more awake you become.
Eventually and mercifully you do fall asleep, though it’s not deep or restful.
And then the buzzer sounds, the snooze button is slammed (perhaps several times?) and the sudden realization that you absolutely Must. Get. Up. Now.
What’s going on here?
So often, just as people relax and begin to settle in for sleep, their brain kicks into overdrive. All the worries of the day begin to moan for attention. They swirl around, often growing in size, incessantly broadcasting dire messages across the screen in their heads.
No wonder we can’t sleep!
What would happen if you put your worries to bed before you crawl into bed? What if you kissed them goodnight, reassured them you’d see them in the morning, and then gently closed the door behind you?
You can do this! Simply create a worry box – any kind of container will do. And, as part of your bedtime ritual, write each worry on a piece of paper, and then say goodnight to it. Drop it into the container and let go.
Your call to action:
What does letting go mean to you? What sensations do you notice when you do this? To strengthen you ability to let go, consciously choose to let go of something in your life every day for 7 days. What has shifted inside of you?