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3 Possible Reasons You've Been Sleeping Weird Since The Lockdown

A lot of people are experiencing the same thing.
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For two weeks after the enhanced community quarantine was implemented, I wasn't sleeping properly. I tried to stick to my usual routine so my body clock wouldn't get messed up, but even that couldn't keep me from randomly waking up at night. And even when I managed to go back to sleep, I didn't feel like I got the kind of rest I needed. Of course, I knew that it probably had something to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, but I couldn't figure it out on my own.

I reached out to Sheila Tan, a licensed meta-coach, for help, and hopefully, if you're going through the same thing, you'll get some answers, too.

If your sleeping patterns have been unusual since the lockdown began, the first thing you should do is to address it (Read: Don't do what I did and ignore it for two weeks, lol).

According to Sheila, this disruption could stem from three things:

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Fear

If you've been feeling scared, that's completely valid. To deal with it, ask yourself the following questions: What exactly am I afraid of? What are the probabilities of those things happening? What is within my control to change the outcome? What do I need to accept? And what do I need to let go of? Facing your fears and analyzing them from a logical perspective is better than denying their existence.

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Stress

Stress is the result of mind perceiving danger. Sheila explains, "It would be good to understand what exactly is triggering the feeling of threat. Zeroing down on what the issue is will help you be more logical about it. Sometimes, just dissecting the issue and getting to the root cause will make one realize that it's not a big deal after all. If it is something that you have reason to worry about, then list down what options you have to address them. Taking action no matter how small would be more empowering than just feeling helpless and overwhelmed."

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Lack of control

After giving it some thought, this is why I wasn't sleeping the way I used to. I like to be in control of a lot of things and this lockdown took that from me. Sheila says this could be true for most: "When this happens, know that whatever happens outside of ourselves is little compared to the control we have over our own thinking. Our thoughts and emotions are two things only we have control over. So, ask yourself, How do I want to think of this so that it is helpful for me? What other ways can I interpret this so that it is more actionable for me? Whatever emotion you are feeling, look into it. What is the emotion pointing towards? Do they direct you to certain logical actions? Are they leading you to look inwards and process some beliefs in your mind that may need updating? Our beliefs in life are often self-fulfilling prophecies and may not make sense at all. How we're feeling are usual consequences of those embedded thoughts and beliefs."

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If you're still having trouble sleeping, Sheila suggests using this time to pause and reflect on your goals or learn things you've been putting off: "However you want to spend your time, choose and allow."

Sheila Tan is a licensed Meta-Coach, Group and Team Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, and Neuro-Semantics Trainer. She holds a diploma in Self-Actualization under International Society of Neuro-Semantics. She owns Altius Coaching and Consulting, where she offers coaching, leadership, and sales trainings. She is co-founder of Flourish Circle, a non-profit organization that offers a community based solution for mental health concerns. You may email her at coachsheila.tan@gmail.com and follow her at @upwithsheila and @Altius.coaching.

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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LIFE ADVICE YOU NEED TO HEAR WHILE YOURE STILL YOUNG

This blog is dedicated to all teens out there struggling in determining what they really want in their life or if you simply want a glow up. And since were still facing a pandemic, I think this is also a season where everyone is re-thinking about their lives. So, I hope these advices might help you.

Tip #1. TAKE RISK - since most of you are still young, I advice you to take your biggest risk. Whether it may be taking the course you want, a skill you want to acquire or just simply taking the risk to throw away your emotional baggage from your childhood. While you're still young, you have very little to lose. You dont have that much commitments and responsibilities. Because the older you get, the more responsibilities and obligations came. So when they are still not piling up, take the risk! As for me, the biggest risk I took when I was still a teenager is to CUT OFF TOXIC FAMILY TIES.

I may sound rude here but, yeah. I decided to throw away my emotional baggage from my traumatic childhood and cut off some of my family ties and it is completely okay! You dont have to be bothered by whatever they will say. Because at your age, you are already investing on your growth as a person. If you really want to grow, THERE IS NO PERFECT TIME FOR YOU TO TAKE RISK BUT NOW. Because in taking risk you are actually giving yourself a reward of getting something amazing or beyond what you expect you can have. As they say, the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Keep in mind that the bigger the risk, the bigger possibility of FAILURE. But that is completely OKAY. Because just like what I said earlier, you are still young. You dont have so much to lose so, dont be afraid to take the risk and then fail. But after failing, learn from it and the more courage you have to take risk the greater the learning, reward or happiness. Ito na nga, how to take risk nga ba? And what are the risk that would actually help me to grow? #

2: VOICE LESSON - dont get me wrong, hindi ito vocalization para sa pagkanta. What I mean is, learn to listen to that VOICE INSIDE YOU. Listen to your heart, to your intuition and to your visions because it will be your GUIDE. Because I realize that as you go along your journey of your life and if you really want to be YOURSELF and be successful in achieving your goals, the only GUIDE that you should follow is your OWN VOICE.

It is okay to take and consider other people's advices but at the end of the day,you should never forget to listen to your own voice. Because that voice is what tells you what you truly want. How would you know that if it is your 'own' voice? Your own voice always comes from your HEART. The voice where YOU and GOD'S voice are one. Because I firmly believe that God knows your heart and that is where he reside. I like journaling because whenever I journal my thought every night and every morning, I feel a dual voice inside my head. Like, it contradicts what the other voice is telling. For example: If we have dreams or goals that puts us so much weight and pressure to the point that it makes you exhausted, STOP. Because it might be a dream or goal of someone else. I believe that your own dreams and goals may be frustrating most of the time, but that frustration has fueling feeling that will always tell you that 'This is the hard way to better so keep going'. Frustration in your own dreams will not make you feel exhausted because achieving a dream itself is a fulfilling feeling.

#3. TAKE ACTION - if you really want something to happen, take action. Dont just sit there and wait things to come your way. Make action or decisions that will take you to where you want to go in your life. Just like what I said in one of my novels that I am writing in wattpad, "There is no such thing as destiny or fate. Because YOU make your OWN life choices." For example, I cannot expect to be a published author if I dont write any novels right? The bottomline here is, if you are not moving forward you are actually moving backward. And it is a sad thing. Life is full of situations where you will be put in the line whether you take courage or just stay where you are. Because GROWING needs consistency in moving forward. So if you dont have to enough courage to take action, your life will always stay the same or worse you will continuously shrink down.

#4. EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS - this means stretching your comfort zone. I watched an anime entitled "Black Clover" there is a captain there where he always tell his subordinates to surpass their limits right, here right now. Going out of our comfort zones are surely scary and uncomfortable. But you have to accept the fact that you cannot stay on the coast forever. You have to change, because the only thing that is constant in this world is change right? Go out of your comfort zones because LIMITS are just in the MIND. There are disabled people who are successful in their own careers. Because the lesson here is, if you hold back there will be no growth. Because GROWTH blooms in DISCOMFORT.

Last, #5. INVEST IN YOURSELF - especially now that you are still young, you should focus on investing on yourself more. Time is your bestfriend at this point of your life. You have so much time to discover things about yourself. I never regret buying and reading books that I never knew will help me later on in dealing life's challenges. You can use that time to read books, gain wisdom, or pick a new skill, improve your talent and learn from your experiences. Keep learning outside your home or your school. Because the real battlefield is OUTSIDE. What you learn in school will only help you in your career but your wisdom and experiences will help you in life or as a person. People who doesnt embrace growth will never succeed in their life. (This is a reflection blog from my 21st birthday last week. I hope you can feature this on your page and I hope it can help others as well. )

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