In times of stress, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to get some rest. But how do you do that if your thoughts are exploding in the middle of the night? It’s time to learn how to talk back to yourself—and get back to sleep.
We’ve all read the research and know from our own lives that when we can’t sleep, our brains are fuzzy, our bodies are tired, and our hearts are more prone to spurring our mouths into reacting in ways that are not helpful.
But if you’re like me, this isn’t as simple as putting your head down, no matter what fancy mattress or pillow we buy.
In fact, our heads are prone to working overtime, keeping us tossing and turning when we should be sleeping and snoring.
I’m tired of doing this (literally).
So, I’ve been practicing saying different things to myself when I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about work, career, or life.
Here’s my list. Hopefully a few of these phrases will work for you, too.
How to Talk Back to Yourself in the Middle of the Night
Yes, there’s a lot going on that I can’t control. I only control what I say, do, and think, and right now, I can control giving myself permission to close my eyes and rest.
Worry never wins.
Everything I need to do will eventually get done. It has before.
If it doesn’t get done, it’s not the end of the world. The clock will continue to move forward. And things will change. They always do.
If I fail, I’ll just try again.
I won’t fail. I’ll just learn.
There are people facing much harder things in the world than this right now.
I’ve done hard things before. This isn’t any different.
In a month, this likely won’t matter.
In a year, this likely won’t matter.
I’ve worried and obsessed before, and it didn’t change anything.
There’s one thing I can change right now. I can go back to bed.
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