Sometimes I become so excited about a new day, it keeps me up at night. I lay in bed overwhelmed with thoughts of everything I’m going to do the following day. This brings about anxiety as I know I should sleep but can’t.
Last night I tossed and turned due to overthinking. I thought of everything from what I planned to eat for breakfast to what time I’d go to the gym. I even imagined myself sitting at my desk, sipping a mug of steaming, hot coffee. So much so that it nearly drove me to hop out of bed and find an activity to engage in.
But I didn’t. I stayed in bed, listening to the rain sounds from my phone, hoping I’d eventually turn my mind off so I could rest.
Finally, I started focusing on my breath. Something I’ve been learning in my meditation practice. I repeated, inhale, exhale, silently. This helped calm me and I eventually drifted to sleep. If I hadn’t been practicing meditation, it most likely would have taken me even longer to fall asleep.
This week I come to you with a small reminder. In moments of anxiousness, frustration, depression, or whatever is giving you a hard time; remember to breathe. Take 3 minutes to focus on your breath. Your mind and body will thank you.