Here's How You Can Stop Yourself from Overthinking at Night
We've all been in this state before, Candy Girls, and we probably do it every night. Overthinking at night (especially before going to sleep, huhu) is something we all do—sometimes by choice but most of the time, it just happens.
We toss and turn in bed, thinking about a ton of things—from our homework for Statistics class to what we're going to be in the next two years. We know we should be sleeping, but the thoughts just keep on coming. Before we know it, we've already spent hours and hours and hours overthinking and find ourselves missing a few hours of sleep required of a human being in order to function properly during the day.
Therapist and psychologist Hope Bastine's explanation actually makes sense. She explains, "We don't have the time and space during the day to process the day and what's happened, to evaluate and make sense of it and the only time we do that is when we get into bed. A lot of people tell me that when they get into bed they start having all the thoughts rolling around in my head—it's a blizzard and they're suddenly remembering all the things that they should have done." (via Cosmopolitan.com.au)
Hope recommends that we give ourselves an extra hour before going to bed that we'll spend relaxing our bodies and our minds. "A sleep ritual—an hour space—before you actually plan to go to bed is really, really important," she says. "This time allows you to activate the 'alpha' brain wave state. If you don't have time to have a full hour, then just pick two of your favorite things you do to relax and switch-off. For me, it's making some herbal tea, lighting a candle, sitting and meditating."
She also recommends that you chat up friends to release your feelings and process what happened in the day, or you can start writing your thoughts in a journal. What's important is you form a habit out of this since we're habit-forming creatures, she says.
Another thing to remember? Don't try and block off your thoughts because this will just make things worse. "Blocking thoughts is kind of a taboo in meditation and mindfulness because our distress comes from the resistance to the unpleasant and the clinging to the pleasant and our fear of losing something," she reveals. "When we accept the law of impermanence and appreciate that everything passes (both the pleasant and unpleasant), that is the key to happiness."
There you have it, Candy Girls! Here's hoping you sleep soundly and peacefully tonight. ♥
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.