How To Stop Worrying

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You need enough sleep. You need enough sleep so as to function and so as to restore and rejuvenate your mind and your body.
Tens of millions of people have insomnia and other sleep issues. It is extremely common for people to toss and turn all night or sleep too few hours or not sleep at all. This may often be attributed to one’s head continuing to focus (at top speed) on issues instead of shutting down at night and resting.
I had a job that required me to work at an extremely high level, always, all day long. By 7AM to 7PM. I could not go to sleep at night because my mind was still racing, reviewing the day’s work (and problems) and planning the next day’s work (and problems). The lack of sleep began to interfere with my ability to function at work at the required high level. If this continued, I wouldn’t be able to perform my job effectively and I would soon be tired, and fired. I needed to get more sleep.
As soon as I realized that it was my mind that has been keeping me awake until 1AM – 2AM, I decided I needed to do something about it. What did I do? How did I solve the issue? What I did was make a deal with my brain. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I’d take all my problems, worries and anxieties from my mind and put them down on the nightstand beside my bed. I promised my brain that all my troubles, worries and anxieties would still be there on the nightstand in the morning when I woke up and I’d pick all my problems off the nightstand, place them back into my mind, and my mind could start spinning and rushing and worrying all over again. After a couple of nights of trying this it began to work. I fooled my mind. I trained my mind. Now, when it was time to go to sleep, I managed to lay down, put my problems and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. That was decades ago and ever since then, when I get into bed, I put down my troubles. And have no trouble going to sleep at night.
In addition, I heard something else; a lot of the things I worried about at night vanished or lessened when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the morning after.
When it’s time to go to sleep, the day is completed. Put your worries down. When day is done and it’s time for sleep, there’s nothing more you can actually do right now about your existing problems, worries and anxieties. Put them down on the nightstand, or, if you prefer, put an empty box beside your bed to put your problems in at night. Don’t worry, all of your problems, worries and fears will still be there in the morning. Or not. Meanwhile, you can go to sleep.
And, if you wish, you can even write down your worries on a piece of paper and put them in the box. And, in the morning, you can once more pick them up. Or not.
Any color. It could help if the box has a lid and you can leave it open to readily put on your worries, problems and anxieties. No, it does not have to be a large box. Unless you have a LOT of worries.


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