We’ve all had those nights where we wake up and suddenly our minds start racing with lists and lists of things that need to be done, or worries over things we can’t control, or mistakes we made the day before. Before you know it you are trapped in a web of a cluttered mind and getting back to sleep seems impossible.
When this happens, one way to control your brain is to remember to be mindful.
Force yourself to clear your consciousness and focus on a deep breath for a count of five, hold it for a second and then blow it back out for a count of five. Do this five to ten times. Then, with your eyes closed, just be one with the moment. What do you hear? Maybe the sound of your spouse snoring next to you. What do you smell? Maybe a night blooming jasmine outside of your window. What do you feel? Hopefully snugly sheets and a soft pillow.
By using your breath and your senses to clear your mind you can stop your brain dead in its tracks! You can work on controlling your mind clutter and shoving it aside to concentrate on the now. The more you focus on your senses the quieter your mind becomes eventually you will find yourself in that sleepless state of being.