The most conscientious people often tend to be big worriers.
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The irony is that despite the care and effort they put into the way they live their lives, treat other people and the planet, how they consume and create, this thoughtful approach to life only tends to expose more troubling issues that require attention.
Whether it’s personal problems or fears about the environment and our society that keep you awake at night, you’re not alone.
And even if you know it’s senseless – counterproductive, even – to lose sleep over your worries, in the end, your mind is perhaps the most difficult aspect to control of all.
But conscientious people are also often characterized by a sense of grace and of rationality, and these are qualities that can help you find a bit more balance at bedtime.
Remember that familiar phrase: “grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
It’s become something of a cliché or poster quote these days, which means we unfortunately, pay it less attention than we should.
However, it has also been formalized as a therapeutic strategy known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – which has been proven to work for those struggling with sleep.
Concentrate on this philosophy each evening, and own your worries: categorize them, file them in your mind, and be okay with yourself as someone who will sometimes have to spend a few hours in the comfort of bed but without the release of sleep.
Fixing your sleep environment and reconsidering your bedtime rituals can also help, and this new infographic offers some great ideas on where to begin.
So give yourself a break tonight, and remember you’re doing all you can to improve things for yourself and those around you. Another sleepless night is not going to help you, but it’s also not the end of the world.