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Good Morning World!

By Aimee, an enthusiastic follower of Mental Health & Happiness

When you first wake up in the morning, try to make your first thought one of gratitude.  If you slept well, that’s an easy one.

I struggle with insomnia so I can’t always use that one.  Sometimes I have to think instead, “I’m thankful that I slept better last night than the night before,” because while it wasn’t a good night of sleep, at least that statement is true.

If even that is not true, I might say instead, “I’m thankful for a comfortable bed,” for that is true even when I lie awake….it isn’t due to an uncomfortable bed.

Of course, many days, a non-sleep related thought pops into my head —gratitude for various relationships that are helping me on my journey to wellness and more in life, gratitude that I’m not alone in the the present battles I’m facing, and so on.

When I allow myself, I open up and ask others to pray for me, or to help me by keeping in touch, or some other discreet request. I find most people respond affirmatively.  The reality is we all have private worries and sorrows. So when I carefully and wisely choose someone trustworthy to open up to on days when I’m feeling particularly heavy with burdens, often that person can empathize precisely because they too have felt the same way.

Revealing our humanity, our occasional sense of being set upon, we bestow the gift of allowing the person we’ve opened up to both to have the opportunity to be kind and helpful (which people inherently enjoy) and we’ve reminded them that everyone struggles occasionally. So when they do, they don’t feel isolated or unusual.  The social masks of “I’m ok, You’re ok,” that we all too often wear, can prevent growth, intimacy and healing.

Positive Sleep

Contributed by Denise Daub

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

Mood and perspective play a significant role on our mindsets before bed, which can in turn influence our quality of sleep. Think about your own experiences — is there a difference in how you sleep when you’re feeling good about things vs. when you’re feeling stressed or down? A lot of that may have to do with what you’re thinking about as you settle into bed.

Check out this collection of great quotes to read before you go to sleep…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rosie-osmun/sleep-quotes_b_7560836.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

 

 

 

How did you sleep last night?

By Dr. Nancy Buck

There is no doubt about it. Enjoying a full night’s sleep helps everything about our physical and mental health.

Remember your mother or father insisting that you Get to bed! Get your rest! You’ll have a better day tomorrow if you sleep well tonight! Today there is an abundance of research telling us our parents were right! Sadly most of us live in a culture seemingly determined to undermine this very idea.

All of the screens in our lives, computer, cell phone, television, e-books and e-pads not only affect the brain waves of children under the age of two, they also affect our brain’s ability to relax and sleep. Choosing to tune out of all of these screens 30 minutes before you close your eyes will improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

How much coffee or other kinds of caffeinated liquids are you consuming? These delicious refreshments can interfere with a good and uninterrupted nights’s sleep when consumed any time during your day. And too much alcohol also has the same kind of “rebounding”affect, meaning you may fall asleep more readily, but you may awaken in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep.

The kinds of foods, the amount of food and the time you consume your food can also contribute to a good or poor night’s sleep.

Some of us are blessed with being champion sleepers! And if you’ve ever spoken with someone who struggles to fall asleep and stay asleep then you know what a blessing sleeping is.

If you are not one of the lucky ones, have you researched all the different ways, without using medication, that you can learn to become a champion nightly sleeper? Be sure to include your own habits, food, alcohol, and coffee consumption in your research. Finding the right amount of physical exercise as well as enjoying time outside in the fresh air is also worth experimenting to see if this can improve your sleeping habits.

All living creatures need to sleep regularly, deeply and refreshingly. Our mental health & happiness depends upon it!