I recently started the on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course offered by Mind in Salford. The course starts with an orientation and then 8 subsequent Mindfulness based sessions.
While I was keen to take part in the course to further my training, I hadn’t given much thought to the possible benefits it might bring to my emotional well-being, an oversight which was soon rectified during orientation.
As the course leader discussed the content I was very quickly reminded of my issues with insomnia, and I was excited to see if the course would help. By the end of the first meditation, a brief body scan, I had already realised how tired I actually was, and I could barely keep my eyes open (it was not due to being bored I must add). By the second meditation, it had come into my awareness that I have a love/hate relationship with my bed, often avoiding it all together, dreading my nightly routine of jumping into bed exhausted and then finding myself wide awake as soon as the lights are out! I realised that my newly found love affair with Netflix, was not due to a love of TV and film, but was a means of avoiding my nightly dance of ‘I’m tired, I’m not tired ’.
Once I’d had my sixth sense moment, I couldn’t wait to get home to bed! I kept imagining the softness of my pillows, the warmth of my duvet, and my flannelette pyjamas! Within the space of two hours, my love affair with my bed was back on!
Now I’d love to say that I’ve been sleeping like a baby ever since my orientation but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. However, now I no longer dread bedtime. When slumber evades me, I use Mindfulness and self-compassion rather than becoming angry and agitated. Rather than winding myself up about how tired I’m going to be tomorrow, I make a mental note to be extra kind to myself the next day. Rather than visualising the bad day I’m going to have, I focus on the now and trying to relax, so that even if I can’t sleep, I still manage to get some rest. If that still doesn’t help, then I focus on the softness of my pillows, the warmth of my duvet, my flannelette pyjamas, and before I know it, I’m either fast asleep or my sleepless night has passed by without me becoming stressed.
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