Living with anxiety is hard as it is, but for some people it gets worse when they go to sleep at night, rather, try to go to sleep at night. Anxiety at night can sometimes make you feel worse than ever, leading to you dreading sleep altogether. Something as normal as sleeping becomes one of your biggest struggles in life.
Anxiety makes you toss and turn constantly with a million thoughts running through your mind, with no intention of slowing down.
No matter how hard and tiring of a day you may have had, sleep just refuses to come, and you spend yet another night staring at the ceiling trying to make sense of all the intrusive thoughts racing through your mind. You try so hard to sleep, but those anxious thoughts beat you every time. You wake up every morning tired and exhausted, and like this, the vicious cycle continues.
But you don’t have to live like this, because there are a few things you can do that will make it a bit easier for you to handle your anxiety at night. Just a couple of simple things you can do that will relax you enough to have a good night’s sleep.
Here Are 8 Tips That Can Help You Fight Anxiety At Night
1. Deep breathing exercises and mindfulness.
Doing some relaxing and calming deep breathing exercises before going to bed can do wonders for your sleep. It relaxes your muscles and calms your mind so that you can have a deep, and proper sleep at night. And not just deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation can also help you tremendously in fighting anxiety at night. All these practices help in clearing your mind of all those disturbing and anxious thoughts, that make sleeping difficult.
Deep breathing exercises and meditation can help you clear your mind, focus on the present, and also help you practice detachment from all your fears and worries. So the next time, you feel your anxiety hovering over you, try any of these out for a few minutes, and see how better, calmer, and relaxed you feel. Regularly practicing these can help you control your anxiety to a huge extent.
2. Listening to motivational podcasts and watching inspirational videos.
One of the biggest reasons behind anxiety is all the negative thoughts that keep on running through your mind. What if something goes wrong? What if I am not good enough? What if I can never fulfill my true potential? What if I am a burden on everyone? Questions like these always make you feel anxious about yourself and the future and make you question yourself relentlessly.
In order to make sure this does not keep on happening again and again, what you can do is listen and watch motivational and inspirational podcasts. It will not just help you deal with your insecurities, it will also encourage you to work hard and reach all your goals. It will help get rid of the constant stress you are in so that you can have a more positive approach towards things.
If you don’t feel like listening to podcasts or watching videos, you can also read books, as reading books before bedtime ensures that you fall asleep faster, and also makes sure that you sleep better.
3. Cutting back on your social media usage.
Scrolling through your social media for a long time before going to sleep, does not just hamper your sleep at night, but can also exacerbate your anxiety. Studies have found that excessive social media usage can affect your mental health, and have detrimental emotional consequences. If you keep on scrolling mindlessly through your social media, it can lead to you feeling more anxious than ever.
So, instead of depending on social media, focus on something positive before going to sleep. Reading, talking to your family, or watching funny, light-hearted things can soothe you, and help you have a good night’s sleep. Indulge in those things that will make you feel positive about yourself, and won’t trigger you and your anxiety.