One of the simplest ways to find happiness on a daily basis, in any situation, is through mindfulness.
The first time I recall practicing mindfulness was probably about a year or two ago but I didn’t realise it was mindfulness until a few months ago when a work colleague re-introduced me to the concept. It was simple enough, but it had never occurred to me before and I found it so enlightening and I use it when I struggle to sleep.
My simplified version to help me sleep goes like this:
Instead of focusing on all of those thoughts racing through your mind at bedtime, focus on your four of your five senses.
As you are lying in bed, ask yourself:
- What do I hear?
- What do I see (hopefully blackness because your eyes are closed)?
- What do i feel?
- What do I smell?
Perhaps this wouldn’t work for everyone, but every time I try this technique I fall asleep. Now, it’s important to think about these things in detail (which may be why it’s a great exercise for me and wouldn’t be so great for others as my brain loves details!).
I often listen to the hum of cars driving by my apartment building and try to think of them as oceanic sounds. Or I spend a good five minutes thinking about the softness of my pillow, the way my cheek presses into it, and how grateful I am to be sleeping on such a soft, cloud-like bed.
This tactic may not work for everyone, but it is certainly worth a try – why not let me know how it goes.
In tomorrow’s blog we will be exploring Mindfulness further.