Late nights can be really good or really bad, depending on your mental state. Long hours at the office can make for sleepless nights filled with anxious thoughts of what’s to come in the days ahead, while more pleasant late nights can be joyful, productive, and filled with great company. No matter what tricks your mind decides to play on you when midnight hits, here’s a few tips to consider when trying to escape a wandering mind with thoughts of its own.
- Let Go & Breathe
For most of us dealing with late night anxiety, we absolutely suck at helping the situation. And that’s fine! However, consider fighting the situation less and going with the flow more. If this is nearly an every night occasion for you as it is for me, then you should know that fighting your thoughts does little to ease your mental activity. By allowing the crazy, sometimes scary, thoughts to come and go, you allow yourself to save energy and let your mind settle itself. By remaining calm, not only do you make the situation less stressful, but by repeating this strategy over time you will become more readily prepared to deal with your unwanted thoughts. Breathe in. Breathe out. Don’t think. Repeat.
2. It’s Not Your Fault
Many times when we become under attack by an overflow of thoughts, we beat ourselves up under the impression that it’s our own fault that this is happening. This is definitely NOT the case (so, please, give yourself a break) and you shouldn’t blame yourself for something that is out of your control. Anxiety at night can be caused by a list of factors, including a stressful occupation that is also mentally challenging, lack of sleep, past experiences, and/or feeling defeated at life and constantly thinking about what you can do to change your circumstances. Also note that when you blame yourself for your anxiety, not only do you make the matter worse but you can also make your thoughts become harsher. Stay calm. Don’t blame yourself. Breathe in. Breathe out. Don’t think. Repeat.
3. Social Media
If you over indulge in social platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, chances are this engagement is the main cause of your extreme anxiety levels. Social media has become the new ‘hide-and-go-seek’ and ‘tag-you’re-it’; if you’re not using any of the platforms, you might be missing out on the potential opportunities that come with it. However, being confined to social media over long periods of time can lead to habits that yield anxiety. Think about it. When you wake up in the morning, what do you do? Check for notifications. When you’re on break at work, what do you do? Check for notifications. This attachment and sense of entitlement to tweet, like, or share content is one of the leading factors in the cause of anxiety and restless nights. My opinion? I suggest setting aside daily intervals in which you only engage in social media for a certain period of time before you must find another source of entertainment for the day. If this works for you, yay! If not, follow me on Twitter (@inrgofficial ) and we can talk about it! Remember. Stay calm. Relax. Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat.
If your anxiety seems to be just too much to bare, I highly suggest you begin meditating. I don’t mean sitting down on the floor in a random indian-style position chanting a faint ‘yumm’; There’s an app that I personally use called ‘1GiantMind’. On this app you will find 15 chapters of extremely relaxing meditative surges that will cure your anxiety-for the time being-significantly, and help boost your mental morale overall. It is surprisingly calming and you’ll definitely want to come back for more! If you’re not too familiar with meditating procedures and techniques, this just might be the missing ingredient in getting a handle on your daily anxiety.
There’s no one way (or combination of ways) to beat anxiety. The reality of it is, anxiety may not even be ‘beatable’. But it doesn’t have to be. Don’t aim to get rid of your late night thoughts, but yearn to reduce them significantly to where you are comfortable and unbothered.
I hope these tips can be of great use to you and be helpful to your daily struggles with anxiety and late night horrors. Feel free to share this with your friends and share your thoughts in the comment section below! Also, connect with me on my social platforms (but not outside of your set intervals) and let’s kick anxiety and late night thoughts to the curb, together!