Yesterday was a long discussion, so I plan on keeping it shorter today.
I hope you find the whole physiology of sleep as interesting as I do. It helps us to make some better choices about bedtime and stress management. As such, today I want to talk about stress management
Here are a few strategies to calm some of that stress.
For starters, pray on a regular basis
Most important, prayer allows us to grow in relationship to God.
The second stress management technique is prioritization.
Forget about the past, and while you're at it don't focus on the future so much. Figure out what needs to be done today and work on that. We spend such an inordinate amount of time rehashing the past and worrying about the future that we ignore the only thing that is really in our control, the present. If we would spend more time being present, we would find more joy and less stress. Put first things first and do not dwell so much on distractions.
The third strategy is to listen to music.
In particular, listen to uplifting music that reminds you of God's truth and calms your mind.
Last, but not least, consider calming supplements.
There are several that can help calm the neural pathways in your brain including the following: B-vitamins, L-theanine (found in green tea) and GABA, which has a calming effect on anxiety.