Bedtime is a positive time of day. At my chosen bedtime, I turn off the chatter in my mind and bid farewell to the world for some uninterrupted hours of rest. I value my sleep because that is when I gather my strength so I can face a new day with fresh ideas and fresh energy.
Prior to heading to bed, I take a relaxing warm shower or bath, feeling the stress go down the drain with the water. I turn down the lights to create an atmosphere conducive to rest. In place of television, I opt for calming nature sounds or a good book to help me drift off to sleep.
Having a consistent routine helps my body understand that bedtime is nearing. The more I follow my routine, the easier it is for me to fall asleep.
I take a moment to reflect upon my day. To do this, I focus on positive thoughts by replaying pleasant incidents. If I have done something wrong that day, I ask for forgiveness so I can fall asleep free from guilt.
I enjoy restful sleep every night. Regardless of what I may be doing, I choose to make a stopping point for myself so I can head to bed peacefully.
When I close my eyes to sleep, I fall asleep quickly and easily. My desire to rest is stronger than the thoughts that arise when I close my eyes. With intentionality, I put these thoughts aside and make them wait until another time.
Today, I choose to go to sleep early and enjoy a full night of rest. I create an atmosphere conducive to sleeping and release myself from any pressures of the day.
To help you cement the benefits of your new routine in your mind and to complete the release of pressure, answer these Self-reflection questions. Use your smartphone or a physical journal to write down your answers and help you put these subjects “to bed” as you begin your restful sleep.
1. How can I better prepare myself prior to bed?
2. What can I do when thoughts pop into my mind as I am trying to drift off to sleep?
3. Why must I designate a stopping point for myself and make myself go to bed?