A new journal! It is a beautiful little notebook with colorful flowers on the cover. She brought this to me on the bed this morning just as I had published the previous post about journal writing. How cool is that?! : )
One of my favorite little books that I have owned for years is Heal Your Body by Louise Hay. In this book she lists many physical conditions that people have, the underlying mental causes for them, and then offers an affirmation to say and focus on to heal the condition.For our purposes here at the Warm Milk Journal I would like to share with you what she has to say about anxiety and insomnia.
Anxiety: Results from not trusting the flow and the process of life.
Affirmation for anxiety: I love and approve of myself and I trust the process of life. I am safe.
Insomnia: Results from fear. Not trusting the process of life. Guilt.
Affirmation for insomnia: I lovingly release the day and slip into peaceful sleep, knowing tomorrow will take care of itself.
Try writing these affirmations down in your journal. Close your eyes and meditate on them.
Sometimes doing something kind of mentally challenging will get our minds off our insomnia and back into slumberland.
In your journals, pick a letter of the alphabet and list as many words as you can that start with that letter.
Keep going until you are tapped out and then start a list with another letter. Sooner or later, your mind will grow tired.
Have fun, and good night.
Having a sense of purpose galvanizes our energy. It puts a certain spring in our step. When we are focused on achieving something that we value and perceive as worthwhile we feel better about ourselves and hopefully as a result will sleep better at night.
Our purpose might involve our jobs, a business, a hobby, volunteer work, a project, or any goal we want to achieve. Whatever it is it is best if it is something we are really interested in and have passion for. Then, take those baby steps, and plunge in! Stay focused. Don’t quit. Stay with it.
Use your journals to brainstorm some ideas.
I find that I feel the most anxious when I am either worried about something or feel kind of stuck. Most of us are busy with jobs, paying the bills, raising families, etc. It is easy to let days slip into weeks which drift into months and before we know it years have piled up. Are we living the life of our dreams?
Get out your journal and ask yourself:
1. What is possible?
2. If failure was not an option what would you do?
3. What if you had just three weeks left to live, what would you do?
I think many of us have lots of dreams, goals, ideas about how we want or wanted to live our lives but then “life got in the way”.
For me, it can seem overwhelming. How do I get my own business going or become a published writer in addition to keeping up with my responsibilities as a teacher and mother of two teenagers? How do I travel to exotic places when my bank account would suggest to me that may not be feasible right now?
What I have discovered for myself recently is baby steps are really where it’s at. If every day we at least do one little thing towards making our dreams come true we will feel like we are moving forward. I don’t care how small the step may seem. Just doing something for ourselves and our personal goals is very energizing and soothing. It calms my psyche down when I know I am doing something to improve myself, my life, and I am on a forward moving path. I am going somewhere! I am not in a rut. I am not a working drudge.
So now, in your journal: look at all of those things you wrote down if you really believed you could do anything, failure was not an option, or you were not going to around forever (newsflash: none of us are).
What is one thing you can do today (or if you are doing this late at night, tomorrow)- to move forward in doing some of these things on your list?
For me, it might be to research something about insomnia or developing a blog. It might be practicing one Martial Arts technique or try one new meditation exercise. It might be putting my loose change I found at the bottom of my purse in my “play jar” I have on my dresser for that trip I want to take to Hawaii and the Napa Valley area.
What are your baby steps? It is liberating to know that we are free! We can live any kind of life we want (providing we are not breaking any kind of laws of course). We never need to feel stuck. If we are stagnating, we are dying. If we are making these baby steps towards achieving our goals we are very much alive. We are changing and growing. Even if we think we “failed” at something, we at least did something! How many of us never fail at anything because we never take any chances and really do anything?
It’s never too late to live the life we are meant to live.
What makes you happy? Get out your journal and write down as many things as you can that make you smile, your heart sing, make you want to thank God that you are alive! Do it now.
Write down as many things as you can think of that you feel thankful for. What a wonderfully blessed person you are.
Write down everything that is worrying you. The more details, the better. Imagine the absolute worse. When, finished, tear out this page from your journal. Throw it into the trash. Sip your cup of warm milk or tea and breathe. Just be.
Let me begin by saying I am not a doctor or a therapist. I am just a regular person who has been challenged with anxiety issues for many years of my life. I have spent many an hour wide awake in bed because of my anxious mind. I know how miserable it can be to not be able to sleep. You are not alone. There are many of us out there.
It is my goal to have the Warm Milk Journal be a place to go so you don’t feel alone. Usually if we are awake in the middle of the night it helps to get our minds on something else for a while instead of obsessing about the fact that we are not asleep.
I am calling this blog a journal because I have found it helpful over the years that when I am in an anxious state of mind, to write things down. I encourage you to have a special notebook or journal available near your bed to aid you on this journey. Many of the posts of this blog will be journal writing guides for you to do until you feel sleepy…
Together, we will explore ways to regain a calm, peaceful, and centered mind. Here’s to getting a good night’s sleep. Zzz…..
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