Lynnie 's journey
Positivity and general mental health can be directly linked to getting the right amount of quality sleep and starting the day in a positive way. In these time of lockdown and social distancing this can be difficult as we seek to navigate our way through life living by new and different rules and restrictions. Stress levels and negative emotions can rise to the top when we are unable to meet our friends and family or have a coffee in a cafe. Quality deep and long term sleep has been proven to assist general well-being and positivity.
What are the ways we can ensure a good nights sleep?
Firstly we should not eat in the two hours before we go to bed, and bed should be a quiet and relaxing experience - no tv, no phone, no distractions, except it may be relaxing to read a book for a while before settling down. Sometimes it can be difficult to clear our minds of the cares of the day, and this can keep us awake. At these times it's helpful to think of pleasant memories of friends and family, don't think of immediate problems, but past pleasures. After a while, and some practice, it is possible to clear your mind and drift off to a deeper and more relaxing sleep. Going to sleep early is also important - getting a full 7 or 8 hours of sleep every night will let you wake happy with more strength and determination.
Getting into pleasant repetitive actions to stay positive will also pay off.
Before you go to bed, make a list of the positive things that have happened during the day - it will help you to remember them when you are trying to sleep. When you do wake, make a list of the positive things you will do, and the things that make you happy - achievements, meetings, conversations - and list all the things you will accomplish during the day. These things will enable you to lead a calmer and more productive life. It will take a while to get used to, so don't try to do everything at once.
Good luck - let me know how you get on.
Lynnie is a long way from her home country, The Philippines, Her journey has take her through Brunei and Hong Kong.