When life gets hectic and things keep going wrong, maintaining a clear head and a smile on your face can be a challenge. Stress can lead to sleep loss, weight loss/gain, and other physical and mental health problems.
Luckily there are a few things we can do to soften the impact of stressful situations. Here are some of Dr Carmicheal’s ideas to help lower stress levels and get a good night’s sleep:
Use natural oils
Lavender, patchouli and chamomile can all be used to relax the mind at bedtime, so buy some oils to dab on your pillow or light some aromatherapy candles as you begin to unwind after a long day. This is a simple but effective stress remedy that can make a surprising difference to your quality of sleep.
Eat a light dinner before 7:30pm
When you eat rich and stodgy foods late at night, your digestive system has to work overtime. It’s best to eat earlier in the evening and choose something light and nourishing that will go down easily without leaving you feeling hungry when you do get into bed. Try drinking a steaming mug of herbal tea before you go to sleep as this will feel warm and soothing in your tummy.
Start to wind down by 8pm
Stop working, stop concentrating, turn off the computer and start to wind down by 8pm. Over stimulation from gadgets and electronics can make it difficult for your brain to switch off when it’s time to go to sleep.
Keep a journal
If you do find your mind racing with thoughts at night, Dr Carmichael suggests writing your thoughts in a journal. This will hopefully offload the negativity and leave your mind a little calmer.
Learn positive self-talk from a hypnotherapist
Hypnotherapy can help people reprogramme anxious thoughts to turn negative behavioural patterns into positive ones. Often anxiety stems from an influx of bad thoughts from our ‘inner voices’ which can spiral out of control and impact the quality of our lives.
View and comment on the original GuardianLV article.