When it's late at night and your mind is going a million miles a minute, do you have any tactics that you can count on to calm it down?
App- Sleep Cycle
Put on Netflix TV series
Diet Lipton hot tea
Attempt to think of nothing but a white box, pushing all other thoughts out.
BioFeedback-meditation, listen to streaming stand-up comedy with or w/out drugs, or just diff true/real stories-storytelling podcasts or just think happy naked 'er happy little thoughts 'til I Zzzz out.
One word.... Ambien!
I love to listen to "liquid mind" it's amazing I listen to the sleep album they have and it works every time to help me fall asleep fast. I also like "Caribbean Blue" and "Fairytale" both by Enya. I also have a fan on to keep me cool.
Tea and classical music always relax me
...Or get wasted but I've never tried getting wasted for sleeping purposes but when I get home drunk as a skunk I knock out IMMEDIATELY and without prejudice. Best sleep of my life lol I could sleep standing!
they weren't working for me last night. :p
I use Xanax and mindless TV
Xanax is awesome. Thats why i cant take it any more :(
I'm sorry - I know I have to be careful
I repeat a calming two syllable word, usually "Relax". At first, I have to concentrate on keeping the word as the only thought. This usually works.
Listen to "This Must Be the Place (naive Melody)" by Talking Heads
Do something that takes focus but not a lot of thought. I play either Bejeweled (zen, not blitz) or the Approach Control Lite app. Either of those seeps to pull me away from whatever I was thinking about and uses up the excess brain energy.
good idea :)
Concentrate on your breathing, sometimes I write down my thoughts so I can pick them up the next day. But concentrate in your breathing.
I count to ten by spelling the #'s out and count down, while spelling it backwards. It forces my mind to focus on that instead of trailing off.
Stretch and exercise
Top 10 lists. I come up with a topic and make a top 10 list for it (eg. my top ten...most embarrassing moments, reasons I love living in CO, favorite tv shows of all time, best books ever written, most inspiring people I know, bucket list items etc.)
that sounds like fun! :)
I keep a NASCAR race on DVR I put that on and 1/2 ambien works most the time
lol, i can see that being effective.
When it is really bad, I work to bring all the thoughts together in harmony. ...like putting them on a bus together. That way no single thought can disrupt the larger picture of what I'm trying to accomplish.
Also, intense physical activity.
interesting. i don't know if i'd be able to do that, but it makes sense.
I pretend I'm laying on the beach with the hot sand below me and I can hear the waves. Then I pretend that each one of my body parts is slowly melting in the sand, I'm usually out before my hips are in.
This works when you have the spins too.
good to know!
Sometimes I take Xanax Sometimes I just think think think think
thinking is fun for a while, but then...
Same here. Xanax is my last resort to calming down.
I write, or draw. But mostly write. Sometimes whats on my brain. Sometimes not.
interesting. i hadn't heard that one before!
It's where most of my poetry comes from. Also - Revolution chamomile tea knocks me out like no other.
I use some of my anxiety coping skills to calm myself to sleep sometimes. Or pills.
i use prescriptions, too. but i'd prefer not to.
I only use mine in dire situations.
I come up with a plan to rule the world. Starting locally always slows it down. First. Precinct 1, then the courthouse...
Aw, thanks. It runs in the family
That's wonderful and not letting to bully in life get you down
Watch dumb cartoons on Netflix. Light something small–and devoid of value–on fire, and watch it burn.
lol, might actually work...
It has worked for me before. Especially the fire. It can be mesmerizing, and even so little as burning a sheet of notebook paper in the kitchen sink can shift my brainwaves into low gear.
cool. thinking i might try it. thanks!
Sure thing. It's something I struggle with often. Glad to share.
Nothing ever works... -_-
I just lay in bed thinking how nice it would be to sleep.
yep. me too!
Frying pans work wonders. But when I don't want to wake up with a migraine ill settle for some music or put a movie on and fall asleep to that.
I'm totally going to follow you....
This sounds like a typical strategy, but I count. I start with one and count as fast as I can and for as long as I can. I try to set a record of how high I count every night. Eventually I feel extremely relaxed and I kind of just fade into sleep...
Look into ASMR, it's good for sleep relaxation too.
never heard of that. about to Google it now!
Drinking Chamomile or Vervain can do absolute wonders in this situation. Melatonin works, Benadryl is a miracle cure. But I recommend the Vervain because it is so delicious and relaxes you right up, or down rather
i had no idea that you could actually buy Vervain, lol, and that it would actually be helpful. as long as it doesn't really keep any Damon Salvatore-esque guys away, i'm willing to try it. ;)
Hahahaha I think you should be OK darlin! Ad Vervain is awesome, I like to it a little honey with it and it is just so delicious and soothing and perfect
I try to breathe deeply, drink tea and meditate. I'll turn everything off, close my eyes and attempt to "stop" my thoughts by focusing on something peaceful or someone (or thing) that brings me joy. Usually helps.
❤ you, Ariella!
❤ You too, Emma! Good to hear from you, sweetheart! I'm sorry you can't relax, I do hope these suggestions help you out. I hope all is well with you and you stay wonderful and amazing! :-D
you too, Ariella!
Booze laced with Benadryl.
hmmm. sounds appealing!
Chocolate, toast, loud music, and SOH
are you good at it?
Yeah, until I move up to the next level and learn more.
There is a great app that teaches strategies, "enjoy sudoku" I think it's called. It has the thinker statue in its icon.
ooh, good to know!
I do the "devious" ones.....haven't even attempted Fiendish, Diabolical, or Nightmare yet. Have fun!
Yep , I put a movie on my iPad , and make it hard to hear. But I listen as close as I can , trying not to miss anything. I get tired of trying , and I pass out.
i wonder if that would work, or just annoy me...
This technique came from an episode of The Mentalist. He advised someone: Just breathe evenly in and out and count to yourself "1" on each inhale and "2" on each exhale until you fall asleep. I've tried it twice now, and it worked.
i'm trying that right now! thanks :)
I usually just listen to an audiobook until I pass out.
But then again, I'm awake right now, so this might not be a good strategy.
Read a book.
i've been trying tequila and music, but to no avail...