Calming Down, Winding Down, Relaxing & Falling Asleep
One strategy to learn to calm your system and control your thoughts involves learning to slow our "physiological" system down — starting with our breathing rate.
The following Q&A refers to using relaxation or slow breathing with visualisation to help you with falling asleep. Slow breathing can and should be applied to any situation where you start getting anxious, wired or "busy" in your mind and need to slow your system down.
Asked: Hey Sjana, about the sleeping question before, I meant falling asleep! And thank you for being such a breath of fresh air, it's exactly what a lot of us need! xx
Response: Think about falling asleep as slowing down our body and mind processes to a relaxed state. Unfortunately, turning our mind onto “standby” is so hard when all we can think about is how much we should go to sleep! Hahaha.
So, one thing that can work is using your thoughts to focus on slowing your body down, or rather your breathing (which in turn slows your heart rate). There is a good app (Breathe2Relax) which, although a bit dry and scientific, the graphics are really useful and it shows you an easy way to learn and practise slow breathing. You can add in some really cool visualisations and imagery (NOT counting sheep) once you can slow your breathing down and that can help too.
A quick example is imagining a sunset scene and each time you breathe out you imagine the sun setting just the tiniest bit. As you focus on your breathing and the image, your mind and body processes slow down into a really relaxed rhythm conducive to sleep. I know this is just a start but give it a go and let me know how it goes xx
P.S. It can take a bit of practice!
Love and light,
* Results from BAM may vary. Strict adherence to the program is required for best results.