You may feel completely overwhelmed, or completely exhausted right now. Sleep may be an aggravated concern. Be still, just breathe and rest whenever you can. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Your body has been going through a lot.
If sleep is becoming a significant issue, please talk with your doctor. It’s important that you have rest during this time—and anytime in your life. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seven to eight hours of sleep daily for adults. They also suggest a regular “rhythm” of going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time every morning. Stay away from eating big meals before bedtime. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Talk with your doctor about what this information means for you.
Take time to close your eyes. Be still. Reflect on how you’ve relaxed in the past and allow your mind to visualize these things. Consider new things, too, like watching a black and white movie, looking at picture books from the library, reading devotionals, meditating on Bible verses or listening to soft music. Guided imagery, aromatherapy or even recordings of soft rain, birds chirping and ocean waves may be new practices to think about.
“There are times when we stop,” says author and former chaplain, James Carroll. “We sit still… We listen and breezes from a whole otherworld begin to whisper.” May the whispers nourish your body, mind and spirit during this time. And may they grant you peace.
Download this great “app” of nature sounds for free.
Download guided imagery on your iPod and listen to it before bedtime.
Listen to nature around the world.
Talk with your doctor or even a sleep specialist.
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