Relaxing your mind into sleep
Whirring mind keeping you up? Why not try a different tack? There are plenty of relaxation exercises you can use to actively think yourself to sleep:
- Retracing your day: Retrace your day in your head, from the moment you opened your eyes in the morning, all the way to bedtime. Try to revisit each memory in chronological order and remember as many details as possible. Did you make it to the end of the day? If you’re having real trouble dozing off, we recommend trying the advanced version: remembering everything backwards.
- Thought drawers: Imagine a chest of drawers. In your hand you have a bunch of keys, with one key for each drawer. Concentrate on the thoughts whizzing around your head. Hold one of them at the front of your mind and place it in a category, e.g. ‘angry’. Place the ‘angry’ thoughts in the ‘angry’ drawer and lock them inside. Out of ‘sight’, out of mind.