Do you lie in bed at night with thoughts racing through your mind? Here are five great ways to clear your mind before bed.
Do you lie in bed at night with thoughts racing through your mind? Do you struggle to find that calmness and relaxation necessary for you to drift off? If you’re busy or dealing with stress, your mind starts to overflow with thoughts. Then when you lie down your mind is on autopilot talking to itself and refusing to fall silent.
At times those thoughts that rush through your head are somewhat helpful. You remember friends you want to catch up with and things you want to do. But no thought is truly helpful when it’s 2am and you’ve got work the next day.
If thoughts are keep you up and you’re struggling to clear your mind and get to sleep, use these 5 simple ways to clear your mind before bed.
- Take note of your thoughts
One of the main reasons why the thoughts continue to flow through your mind is because you want to remember them. The easiest way to solve this problem is to write the thoughts down. Grab a piece of paper and scrawl them on there or, if you have a device, use a note taking app like Evernote.
Do you find that the moment you leap into bed your mind is suddenly overrun with thoughts? If so a simple visualisation can help to clear your mind. Imagine that you’re standing at the edge of a beautiful ocean with the sea breeze in your ear. Now, when thoughts come to your mind, imagine tossing them out of your mind and into the ocean, where they drift away.
Regular meditation is by far the best way to clear your mind. Plus, meditation has even been proven to be a perfect alternative to sleep. By meditating daily you’ll clear your mind before you even get into bed. Then when the time comes you’ll find it oh so much easier to drift off to sleep.
- Make a deal with your thoughts
Those ideas and thoughts are going to keep swimming around your mind until you do something with them. One of the best things to do is to make a deal. Promise yourself that you will pick up the thoughts another time. Tell yourself, “I’m going to stop thinking now, but I’ll get back to it in the morning.” This trick works because it reassures your mind that the thoughts will be taken care of.
- Have an “intense thinking workout” before bed
When you exercise your body gets tired and you’re less restless at the end of it. Same deal with your mind. If you spend an hour doing an “intense thinking workout” before bed, your mind will be tired and no longer restless. An Intense Thinking Workout (do you like the name of it btw? I just coined it)… an intense thinking workout is when you intentionally force yourself to think about all the things that are in your mind. Try having a one hour ITW before bed. You’ll find it does the trick.