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7 Steps To Relax Your Mind And Sleep Better

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7 Steps To Relax Your Mind And Sleep Better

Beat Insomnia For Good With This Simple Technique
Paul McKenna Ph.D.
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Jun 16, 2016 at 10:30 PM

Quite often our lives get filled up with relatively un­important things and it is difficult to find enough time for yourself. The only time you get to think things over is right at the very end of the day when you have some time to yourself, in bed, in the dark and quiet, so the unconscious seizes the moment just before you go to sleep to get you to think about what really matters to you. That is actually a good thing—it is just not the most convenient time to do it.

So what you need to do is to take that time for yourself—but to shift it to a more convenient time of day. Set aside at least 20 minutes to think about your own priorities and to work out a way to achieve them.

If you have been kept awake by a busy mind, do this every day for at least three weeks. It is a good habit to have anyway, but after a while, you may find that if you are not too busy you need to do it only once or twice a week. If your life gets busy again, you may have to do it every day.

Value Yourself

Read this exercise through carefully before you do it.

1. Find yourself a time and place where you can be undisturbed for 20 minutes. Take a pad of paper and a pen.

2. For the first five minutes let your mind wander and think about anything under the sun.

3. After 5 minutes, ask yourself this question: "What do I want to do that is really important to me?" Make a note of everything that comes to mind. Don't censor it or order or rank it, just write down absolutely everything whether it seems important or ridiculous, everyday or fantastic.

You can include anything. For example, you could want to move house, learn to dance, write a book, get married, visit the pyramids, buy some new shoes, or change your job.

4. When you feel you're done, just reread the list slowly and add on anything else that comes to mind while you are reading it.

5. Now - and only now - go over the list one more time and divide the items into two groups - "important to have" and just "nice to have."

6. Now choose one of the "important to have" items and ask yourself this question: "What is the smallest, practical, achievable step I can take tomorrow that will move me towards reaching this goal?"

7. Think about it, make sure that your step is realistic and sensible and commit yourself to taking that step tomorrow. It could be a very small step - just making one phone call or looking up one piece of information on the Internet, but whatever it is, make a solemn promise to yourself to take that step.

My book, I Can Make You Sleep, is full of simple techniques to transform your sleep habits

Do this exercise as often as you need to and you will create two successful achievements:

1. You will sleep better and better.

2. Your will move, step by step, towards getting what really matters to you.

Number 2 is a great side effect! You won't be lying there thinking, "What if?" Instead you can go to sleep knowing that tomorrow you will get another step closer to your goals.


About Author
Paul McKenna Ph.D.
Paul McKenna, Ph.D., is described by Ryan Seacrest as “a cross between the Dr. Phil and Tony Robbins of Britain.” Recently named by the London Times as one of the world’s leading and most important modern g Continue reading