I have been a chronic insomniac for many years. Point is I quite enjoy working.
I am working to change just that.
“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” Maya Angelou
We can’t just transform our lives overnight.
We may need to hold our current job while we start a new business, for example. We can’t candy-coat it. Change is stressful enough as it is.
Permanent change requires deep reflection and unabashed awareness—the exact opposite of self-induced anxiety. We all have a sacred place within us where we experience peace and joy, so how can we tap into it, lower the anxiety, and increase sleep?
Find Pollyanna: Martin Seligman, Director of the Penn Psychology Center, theorizes that 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment. Surround yourself with Pollyanna friends. Call, email, text and grab coffee with someone who thinks good things will always happen and finds something good in everything. These friends will help you talk through positive solutions to your anxieties.
Stop hailing cabs: It’s no mystery that your body needs more energy when it burns energy. Exercise prompts your body to replenish that energy with sleep, and secreted endorphins and dopamine are natural tranquilizers for your anxiety. Even fifteen minutes of aerobic exercise per day can help.
Meditate: This doesn’t have to be mystical voodoo, with enough incense to bring three fire brigades to your front door. The important part is to set aside two recurring times per day where you just stop in silence for even five minutes. And if in that moment of silence your find yourself dozing off, great! Don’t judge yourself for not having meditated. You just got a bit of shut-eye! Doing so reminds your body that it is OK to stop every once in a while. Otherwise, your body adapts to its master. You can train it to constantly be on the go to the point of collapse.
Journal: Like meditation, this doesn’t have to be a big production in a diary with a titanium reinforced lock. You don’t even have to write anything profound. How many times have you said or heard: “If I could only get these thoughts out of my head, then . . .” This is a great opportunity to do just that. Your mind constantly witnesses the laws of physics in action and functions, in many ways, based on those same laws. Just free-write—nothing more complicated than a 5-10 minute session per day (you can do this in place of your meditation in the prior point) and babble—or free-associate—on the page. Whatever you do, don’t stop. Words keep flowing to the page, whether they make sense or not. You’ll be amazed at the psychophysics of your mind seeing those thoughts outside itself, and you’ll discover a million insights and solutions that you never dreamed were inside you.
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Jim Woods is a leadership development and training consultant deploying his unique abilities in character based training and strategy.
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