How To Ease Late Night Thoughts: Anxiety

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.

  1. 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.

4. Meditation

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.

Summary:  

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!

Daily Routine

Everyday above ground is a blessing, and when you’re blessed to see another day you should definitely make it a productive one. What does that mean, you might ask? Well, it definitely doesn’t insinuate that you should spend 24 hours tweeting to celebrity accounts, asking them to follow you back all day long. Instead, consider trying new things (interacting with a different audience, learning a new skill, building relationships with influencers, and/or living with a purpose).

So, what is your daily routine? Is it productive? What changes should you make? For some of us our daily routine consists of what’s comfortable, what is easy, and what we’re used to; this is fine to a certain extent, we all have to start somewhere and gradually grow at our own rate. For others, like myself, our daily routine consists of getting outside of our comfort zone, challenging ourselves, finding ways to enhance current skills while forming new ones, and connecting more with others on a daily basis. Obviously, there’s no perfect routine or perfect execution of your routine. However, you should always be looking for ways to enhance your daily activities, thus increasing your satisfaction level of self while pushing your boundaries. 

Typically, you should have a set alarm for the work week (Monday thru Friday). Reason being, you are more focused this way and you will also feel more at ease with the use of this tactic, rather than randomly waking up when the sun shines through the drapes in the morning. More likely than not, 90% of work week alarms will be early morning. There is no use for weekend alarms as the weekends should be reserved to rest and catch up on more pleasant things- working out, favorite TV  shows, family time, etc.

Also, be sure to plan out each day. Making a daily schedule can limit confusion and is really helpful to busy and forgetful individuals alike. Be sure to make your schedules very clear and concise. 

Another tip to enhancing your daily routine is to try new things. Yes, I know, no one likes change. But in certain aspects, like a daily routine, change is vital to continuous satisfaction and growth. Imagine if you were an athlete, let’s say a basketball player. Imagine how you would feel if every day you ran the same drills, same plays, same everything (boring, right?). That’s exactly how your life would feel if you stick to the same schedule day in and day out; no challenge, just stagnant agendas. If you’re a blogger, tune into fellow blog forums associated within and away from your niche. If you’re a social media influencer, connect with other influencers and share ideas that can help mutually increase you guys’ marketing success, and if you haven’t quite found your calling yet, make a list of possible occupations that are likely to be of interest to you in the near future.

Perhaps you’re already an avid executer of all tips mentioned previously. Well, have you taken a step back to evaluate your performance as a whole? Maybe you have, but chances are you haven’t. No matter your profession, always remember to fine tune developed skills. It is great to build new skills and attract new audiences, but never forget to come back to your roots and continue to capitalize on the skills that helped elevate you to your current position. Though it may seem as though we’ve reached peak performance within these skills, that’s hardly ever the case. You can never be too good at anything.

Every day you should be hungry for more. You should be driven to chase success and motivate yourself to take all necessary steps to get there. 

  • Wake up at a reasonable time so you have more than enough time to plan your day and execute your plans for that day.
  • Interact and share your ideas with like minded individuals within/away from your niche. 
  • Be sure to develop new, advanced skills, but also continue to build upon previously developed skills.

                Your Turn:

-How would you describe your daily routine

-How do you continue to motivate yourself to keep progressing? 

-What strategies do you use to constantly move forward and share ideas with others?

Please, let me know in the comments section below! I look forward to hearing what you guys have to say! 

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Until next time,

Gary aka ‘InrG’