Monday, July 6, 2009
Sleeping with a smile.
They say that starting the day with a smile, could set the mood for our day. How about going to bed with a smile? Yeah, why not! It would be comforting to drift off to sleep in calm, happy mood. I bet it would make getting up with a smile easier too.
But then how does one go to bed smiling? Hmm…that will depend on what activities happen right before our bedtime, right? It’ll differ from person to person, but here’s what I’ve learned so far:
I don’t watch the news before bedtime. Keeping updated on current events is good, but I’ve found that all the bad news I watch keep me up late at night. I end up talking about what I watch, share my worries and think about the awful realities lurking in the city. Not all news is bad, but when the bedroom light is turned off, my imagination works overtime. And so I avoid watching the news.
I also avoid watching movies or reading books that are too heavy or too scary. The degree of a movie’s heaviness or scariness varies from person to person. The thing is they can keep the wheels in our head turning and turning... again, our imagination works overtime. That’s what happens to me anyway. Or maybe I’m just a scaredy cat!!
We shouldn’t go to bed angry with anyone, even with our self. If it seems impossible, I try to park my emotions for tomorrow and recharge for the night. Who knows, the night may cool my head and tomorrow will be a better time to patch things up. It’s always nice to go to bed knowing everything will work out tomorrow.
I say a prayer of thanksgiving. I make a mental list of the good things that happened to me today. I say “thank you” for each one of them. Of course, remembering the day’s happy times can definitely put us in a happier, calmer mood.
I do some light stretches and lunges before going to bed. I rotate my shoulders, move my head from side to side, and take deep breaths. Releasing my body of the day’s tensions can make me feel much lighter and happier as I climb into bed.
That’s it! When we go to bed with a smile, the day seems so much better than it is . We’d realize the day wasn’t so bad at all.
How about you? What gives you a happy snooze?