Mindfulness is an important although underappreciated part of our mental health and self-care. As an adult with responsibilities and a hectic life, I know I tend to shove something as simple as mindfulness aside. Imagine closing your eyes at the end of a long day and not taking the stress to bed with you. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up feeling refreshed? A repercussion of the added stress in our adult lives is that it can manifest into insomnia or difficulty sleeping.
As someone who has experienced their fair share of anxiety and difficulty sleeping, I have searched for natural remedies that can help me live in a better state of mindfulness. One strategy to improving your mindfulness and overall mental health and wellbeing is to focus on your night routine. Along with an intentional night routine, saying positive night affirmations before going to sleep can do wonders to your sleep schedule and have given me more restful and improved sleep.
Affirmations are a great tool for interrupting old or negative thought patterns. I have used positive self-talk to help form new thought patterns and reduce the attention spent on what causes me stress. Repeating night affirmations is like telling your body ‘it’s okay to rest’ – you’re allowed to feel good at the end of the day!
A few tips to make the most of your night affirmations:
- You must believe in them
- Choose an affirmation that feels closest to your current reality. You can add “I am willing to believe…” if that helps
- Use emotion and visualisation
- If you engage your emotions, the affirmations will work best. For a calm and relaxing night’s sleep, visualise what that looks like, then imagine how you feel and how at peace you are
- Repeat. Repeat.
- A few nights may not be enough to make a noticeable impact on how you feel so repeating the affirmations often each night for at least 3 weeks (21 days to form a new habit)
- One strategy is to gently press down each finger to your thumb on each hand until you’ve completed 10 repetitions
- First Person, Present Tense
- Saying affirmations as though you are actively doing them draws on your emotions and helps with the visualisation
Here are some of my favourite affirmations that help you have a restful and self-improving sleep
- I did my best today. I am ready to be recharged. Tomorrow is a new opportunity.
- Sleeping is a natural state for me. I’ll enjoy a full night of sleep and will wake up recharged in mind and body
- I will let every worry go. My eyes are tired, my body and I deserve a good night of rest.
- Stress and worries can’t control me. I will let go and be at peace. I’m deserving of a good night of sleep
- I am thankful for the opportunities that came my way today. Now I shall rest. Tomorrow my goals are always possible.
- I have done enough today. I’m at peace with the universe. Great things come after a good night of sleep
- I am proud of myself for today. Tomorrow will be even better. I am a beautiful being. I deserve to sleep
- I am learning, I’m growing, I’m excited for tomorrow. I believe in me
- I am not defined by my mistakes of today. I deserve a good night of rest. I am worthy of tomorrow
- I am in control of my thoughts, and I choose positive ones
- I let go of what I can’t control
- I am safe in my room. I can relax completely
- I relax my head, face, neck, arms, stomach, legs, and feet. I let them sink deeply into the bed
- I empty my head of racing thoughts. I let them float along, or I tuck them away for another time
- My good night of rest has the power to overcome my fears, my anxieties, and my doubts. I will now confidently rest. I am confident in my dreams
Here are some more for mums to help you put your best foot forward as a parent:
- I am grateful for the moments with my kids today
- I am grateful for the opportunity to care for my family
- I did my best today with my children, and that is enough
- I am the best mum I can be when I give myself permission to rest
- I am a better mum when I make my sleep and wellbeing a priority