Sleep can be problematic. The nights spent tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, thoughts racing through my mind a million mph, are the absolute WORST. Sometimes, regardless of how tired I was that day I still find it so difficult to close my eyes.
5 things I do to fight my anxiety at night:
- Write down my worries
- Listen to inspirational/helpful podcasts, books, youtube vids
- Listen to music
- Breathing techniques
Of course, there is reason to be alarmed in these current times. You may be worrying about getting infected or having a loved one get sick, or you may become obsessed with symptoms related to the virus, even if they are minor.
Lack of sleep is STRESSSSING me out even more at this particular time as it can weaken the immune system, making you more susceptible to the virus. I encourage you as I encourage myself.. Try to follow your normal routine and be consistent with bedtimes and wake up times. Sleep is important! & by maintaining consistency you send a signal that even during seemingly uncontrollable times, you still have some control! When in doubt, remember – this too shall pass.
If you are living the same nights as me, know that you are not alone. I understand exhaustion and irritability only make anxiety 100x worse. It is also important to note that coping strategies that work for me may not work for you. Don’t give up. Identify your triggers, learn how to control them. Remember you are strong and you are a fighter.
“You don’t have to control your thoughts, you just have to stop letting them control you”.
Taking steps to promote healthy sleep could be one more way to contribute to the early departure of this deadly disease. Stay safe x
Do you have any tips of your own? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you!