Sometimes life can feel as though we are on a high speed train. Constantly off somewhere different, the scenery flying by in a blur, rarely having time to enjoy the view and barely talking to or even noticing our fellow passengers. To top it all off, however tired many of us feel at the end of the day, we have trouble getting to sleep. The hectic mind keeps racing along as we lie in bed counting how many hours sleep we will get if we fall asleep now, thinking through the next day, worries multiplying and getting out of perspective.
My two year old Noah is already well on his way to getting caught up this hectic journey through life. Already well aware of his weekly routine, telling me each night before bed whether it is nursery, playgroup or granny the next day. Worried about when he will next fit in an episode of Peppa Pig. When consumed in Peppa Pig only looking up to ask if he can watch one more after this. Worried about when his new favourite activity will have to end because I will say it is bedtime.
I have come to realise that i need to give Noah some chilled out time at home at the weekends. A real break from all the rushing around. A chance to play and be himself without the need to fit in with everyone else’s routine. He need this to grow and develop as a person, time to be able to play, to help me clean and bake, time to do what he wants. When we have a couple of days like this bed time is better. Calm and relaxed and content with his day he will cheerfully say good night.
On reflection this is what we all need. Modern life is so busy. Sunday is not really a day of rest for most of us any more, we use it as another day to shop, exercise, even work.
For many of us a whole day off each week does not seem possible. There are things we need to do, people to see, emails to answer and texts to send. In this hectic life If we can manage only 20 minutes to ourselves it will make the world of difference. Your mind will slow down and the rest of the day will not be such a mad charge through to bed time. You will enjoy the things you do more and at the end of it you will sleep better.
So many of us complain about not being able to sleep well or about it taking ages to get to sleep. Or we get frustrated with waking in the night and not being able to get back to sleep. But if we charge around all day with a hectic mind how do we expect this is suddenly going to slow at night time to allow good quality rest?
We need to train the brain whilst we are awake so that when we need it most we are capable of bringing calm into our mind and creating the right frame of mind to allow us to sleep well. A short meditation each day really can make this difference.
The same logic applies when we sit to meditate. We need to allow our mind and body a few minutes to slow before we sit and expect that state of calm focus. So try to prepare yourself for a meditation break by slowing down for a few minutes before hand, just easing off for a short period will make all the difference.
Come on a Revitalise Day to learn how to train the brain in a way that will help you to live better and sleep better. You could wake feeling more revitalised every day, raring to go rather than feeling rushed along.