Sunday, September 30, 2012

Time to Unwind

Thoughts for Bedtime

An Evening Affirmation and Quote

Little Milly isn't quite ready for sleep yet-
I haven't written a bedtime post in a while so I thought it was time for it to make a reappearance. My days have been very overwhelming- filled with endless work and readings- and it gives me little time to post as much as I would like. Night time is my time to relax, rest, and unwind after hectic, busy days. My evening tonight is being spent snuggling with Milly and watching the Lion King on television. It is the perfect end to a day filled with stress, stimulation, and mental work. What are you doing tonight to care of yourself and unwind? We all need a break after a day filled with activity. Lets use this time to our advantage and truly relax and feel a sense of calm wash over us. To guide us toward this goal I have chosen an evening affirmation and quote for us to reflect upon tonight. First I will offer an affirmation that highlights release and relaxation-

All the muscles in my body release and let go. As I relax my mind and body immediately feel better and I am able to drift into a deep and peaceful sleep.

Again I am a fan of this affirmation because it provides a visual. I can see the tension and energy that fills every muscle of my being slowly departing from my body and being released into the cosmos. As I see this metaphoric release I am filled with a sense of calm and relaxation. These feelings allow me to put the stress and activities of the day behind. My mind becomes clear and I am granted the blessing of a beautifully uninterrupted sleep.
Next I'd like to offer a brief quote that highlights the importance of giving our minds a rest and the benefits of a good night's sleep.

At least put that night time stress to rest !
"It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it."

- John Steinbeck

So often we allow ourselves to ponder problems and continue thinking deep into the night. We neglect to realize that our best tool is a good night's sleep. By the end of the day we have used our mental and physical resources. We are no longer equipped to handle issues or think properly. Our best bet is too sleep on it. I know the suggestion sounds trite but it is the truth. We do not have all of our faculties at the close of a long, productive, and active day. It is best for us to release the stress and worry, allow our minds to clear, and come to peace with our current state. In the morning we will awake refreshed and ready to tackle any lingering issues and new challenges that may arise. Tonight and every night gift yourself this gift. You deserve this time to tend to yourself, give yourself a break, relax and unwind, and simply be at peace with yourself. What will you do tonight to release the tension and energy of the day? No matter what it is choose what works specifically for you and allow yourself to let go. Any issues will be better solved in the morning after a rejuvenating and refreshing rest.

Sleep peacefully dear friends,

1 comment:

  1. Glad you are feeling better and are back to posting. I've missed my touchstone. Stay well!!