A healthy mind and body require a broad and holistic approach. Diet, exercise and your mentality all respond and react to each other. As a vegan, you are naturally familiar with the lucid awareness of symbiosis between yourself and your environment. Altogether, this can make for a fragile balance that can be undermined if just one element suffers. Let’s say this one element is sleep – the thing we want most, yet we struggle with when it’s finally time to rest.
If you’re highly engaged with the world around you, it’s not surprising when worries insist on surfacing as soon as you lay your head to sleep each night. While it’s true that sometimes you can literally dream up a solution to a problem, the bedroom is generally not a place to entertain your troubles.
Putting your worries to sleep is easier said than done! When these worries disturb your sleep, your physical and mental well-being will suffer. This will only feed back more worries into your system (including the worry that you won’t be able to get to sleep). Learning to accept and process your anxieties, especially the ones you cannot control, is essential to rediscover the balance you aspire and to practice a mindful sleep pattern.
When you’re lying in bed at night and unable to sleep, try to label each of your worries and drop them into an imaginary box that you seal shut for the next few hours. If falling asleep is still out of reach, don’t struggle. Try to enjoy your surroundings: the feel of the cotton on your skin and the ambient sound of the room. You may be awake for a couple more hours, but worrying about it isn’t going to help.
This new infographic offers some great thoughts about how you can approach insomnia from both angles: dealing with your anxieties and making the time you spend awake more pleasant and conducive. There is a time to worry, and a time to rest. Work towards a balance of the two, so you can regain harmony in your body and soul.