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Being aware of your Thoughts
Many people experience a mental virus without knowing it, which means one thought grows, replicates, leads to other related thoughts, and this bundle of thoughts takes possession of you.
Almost anything that you experience is then coloured by these obsessive thoughts. But you're so identified with it that you don't even realize it.
Ultimately, they are not even thoughts. You have absorbed these thoughts from the collective. It is the conditioning of your mind that creates so much unhappiness. The key which frees you from this terrible fate is awareness.
Your awareness begins with the simple realization that all the thoughts that go through your mind are not who you are.
The first thing to try is changing your sleep habits. For instance-
Go to bed the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.
Don't nap during the day.
Stop stressful chores or discussions long before you go to bed.
Relax before bedtime. Try deep breathing, prayer, gentle stretching, meditation or journaling.
Keep your bedroom dark, quiet and cool.
Still can't sleep....Go to another room and read, or do something relaxing and quiet.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
Avoid large meals before bedtime.
Remove electronics such as laptops, smart phones from the bed.
Lifestyle adjustments can greatly improve your quality of sleep.
Prioritizing Your Mental Health
In today’s fast-paced, “hustle”-obsessed culture, it’s easy to forget how important it is to simply let go, unwind, and relax your body and brain. In fact, it’s not just important—it can also be a radical act in the face of a society that often prioritizes the “grind” above all else.
"Rest" means not feeling the need to perform and produce for the sake of performing and producing.
It’s important to note that rest can be as mental as it is physical. It doesn’t just have to mean lying down or sleeping, especially if you’re feeling guilty for doing so.
If we vow to spend more time not working, but still feel guilty and stressed while we aren’t working, that isn’t rest!
Somewhere along the way, people started prioritizing “productivity” over rest, forgetting that rest is productive, too. And in a capitalist society that emphasizes tangible output, it’s all too common to get tricked into thinking that taking time for yourself is lazy or unproductive, when in fact, it’s the exact opposite.
We are taught that if we’re not clocking 16-18 hour days, or meeting things with this immediate sense of urgency then we’re not ‘working hard enough’ or that we don’t want it ‘badly enough’ and that’s just not true.
“Rest is an integral part of your boundary work.”
it’s important to remember that the past year has taken an emotional toll on many people, and it’s crucial to prioritize self-care. Stay mindful of what you are comfortable with and of what your capacity is. Stick to your boundaries.
None of this is to say that there aren’t lessons to be learned from the past year. The pandemic has put a lot of things in perspective for many folks, and demonstrated the importance of
slowing down and prioritizing health.