Wide Awake… 8 Ways to Get Some Shut-Eye

Your alarm clock is going to go off  in 3 hours, but you are still WIDE AWAKE!  You know that you need to be asleep, you need your rest, but for some reason, your EYES ARE WIDE OPEN! Has this ever happened to you? Perhaps it’s because you have to do something in the morning and you are anxious or excited and you just CANNOT SLEEP! Maybe you are worried or confused about some situation or life event and you are just RESTLESS!  Here are 8 ways to get some shut-eye…

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  1. Read a book-

    Now, don’t go for that intense, suspense that you just can’t put down, but read something that is slightly boring, or at least won’t keep your attention for long. Although, I love love love the bible, if I’ve been trying to go to sleep, God’s word alone is enough for me.  It’s probably His way of giving me rest.

  2. Drink warm milk-

    I’m not sure how well this helps, but it does contain tryptophan (the amino acid best known for being in turkey), which when released into the brain produces serotonin—a serenity-boosting neurotransmitter.  It’s worth the try.

  3. Count sheep-

    No, really, I mean how boring does counting sheep sound right?  A total snooze fest- this has to help at least a little bit.

  4. Play some soft spa music-

    This is one of my favorite ways to get some shut-eye.  If you have ever gotten a massage and fallen asleep, it may not have just been because of the relaxing of your tense muscles as the masseuse got out every knot and kink.  That spa music is pure relaxation.

  5. Take deep breaths-

    Speaking of relaxing, we all know that when you have an anxiety attack or need to calm down, you are told to take deep breaths right?  Well, if you are anxious or worried about something, taking deep breaths  should calm you down so you can get some sleep.

  6. Hold on to a stuffed animal/pillow-

    Perhaps its just me, but I always loved stuffed animals as a child.  They were so comforting and just gave me a sense of security.  If you can’t sleep and don’t have a stuffed animal in your bed, um, yeah, grab a pillow.  The tight squeeze can give you comfort and ease you into a resting state.

  7. Pray-

    This is really my number 1, but I like to put it as 7, the number of completion. 🙂 God is greater than any of your problems and He will give you rest. Just pray and ask Him for it.  If you aren’t a believer, now is a perfect time to try Jesus. Go ahead, pray!

  8. Focus on a word and keep repeating it softly-

    I remember hearing about this years ago, and I haven’t tried it in a while, but you go ahead and choose some random word. “Blue” is the one I chose years ago and just kept repeating softly.  You’ll get so tired of saying that word that you will doze right off.

Rest well my lovelies…

 

How to Find Motivation… 10 Steps that I Find Motivating

Motivation is the driving force behind the who, what, when, where, and why we do what we do in any given circumstance.  According to Wikipedia, motivation “gives the reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa.”  Many times, I have asked myself, what is my motivation whenever I am trying something new, would like to accomplish a goal, or wondering why I am even attempting to do something different.

I am sure we all have those moments in time when it is more challenging to find motivation than other times. I have found that the following 10 steps have helped me get motivated and perhaps can help you at some point as well.praying-1713281_640

How to find motivation…

  1. Take a moment to just sit still, relax, and meditate.

  2. Reflect on what you have already accomplished.

  3. Think about what you would like to accomplish next.

  4. Make a list of short-term goals.

  5. Make a list of long-term goals.

  6. Listen to some soft instrumental music, nature sounds, and/or worship songs.

  7. PRAY. 

  8. Read the Bible.

  9. Speak Life, saying what you can and will do.

  10. Repeat as much as necessary.

These are just my personal 10 steps that I find motivating in determining my motivation many times in life.  These 10 steps are suggestive and what has worked for me personally in the past.  I am not a doctor, scientist, theologian, or any type of guru, but I just want to share what helps me in my times of needing to find my motivation. I hope it will help someone else.

“Can You Feel a Brand New Day?”

I absolutely love this song from one of the most famous and outstanding musicals, The Wiz!  Today is Thursday and as I like to call it, “Thankful Thursday.  Every single day that I wake up, I thank God for keeping me safe through the night and for waking me up to a brand new day!  Many times in life we may get frustrated and things don’t go our way.  We may feel that there is no way out of certain situations or that things will never change.  However, if we keep our focus on what we do have, what is going our way, and how we have overcome obstacles time after time, it does help in moving forward.  I challenge you to find that one song that gives you hope and inspiration today.  There are several songs you could choose from, but think for a moment, what is that perfect, uplifting song that gets you motivated?  Please share in the comment section…