As single moms, we know all about stress. We live with it every day. But what we want to know is how to reduce stress. How can we practice stress management, and by doing so, keep ourselves healthier?
I have always struggled with getting a good night’s sleep. When I was a child, I hated Sunday nights. I had a hard time falling asleep because tomorrow was Monday, and that meant back to school. I would lie in bed and worry about the upcoming day, as a million thoughts rushed through my head.
Unfortunately, things haven’t changed that much.
Some nights I still have trouble falling asleep, and staying asleep. But I have found a tool that helps better than any other I have tried.
This is my secret for how to reduce stress everyday.
There are three things I keep on my nightstand (well, four if you count the current library book I’m reading):
- a steno pad
- my bullet journal (or day planner; whatever you use)
- a pen
With these items I am able to tame my thoughts each night, and sleep better. My nightly ritual is to write out in my bullet journal what I accomplished that day, and what I need to do the next day. Items on my To Do list that are complete get checked off, and I write out things needing to be done the next day. This clears my mind and helps me sleep better. I go to bed with a feeling of accomplishment. My mind is not cluttered with trying to remember appointments, errands, and chores that await me the next day. It’s written down, I won’t forget them, and I can relax and fall asleep knowing that my To Do list is complete and waiting for me in the morning.
But what if I wake up in the middle of the night, and can’t go back to sleep?
If I have thought of something else I need to add to my bullet journal, I simply get my flashlight (I try not to turn on my bedside lamp because I find the light makes it harder to fall back to sleep) and write the new entry into my bullet journal. Or, if I have something on my mind that doesn’t need to be written in the journal, I write it down on the steno pad. Either way, those thoughts, worries, tasks, etc. get written down and out of my head – allowing me to fall back to sleep.
But what is a bullet journal? It’s really whatever you want to make of it. Essentially, it’s a blank book that you create to fit your needs. Daily To Do lists, weekly schedules, monthly task lists, etc. You design it yourself to meet your own requirements. You decorate it according to your own taste. Interested in giving it a try? Here is a link to help you – Bullet Journal: Getting Started
Want more tips on sleeping better? Try this link – How To Sleep Better – 5 Surprising Tips
Also, check out this infographic from Elysium Health. It’s got great advice!
What are your tips for how to reduce stress? What are your biggest problems with stress and lack of sleep? What helps you deal with stress? Share your stories and tips in the comments below.
This post was shared at Motivational Monday Blogger Linkup #146