Wind down techniques to help you switch off a buzzing brain

Wind down techniques to help you switch off a buzzing brain

If you want to slip into a blissful slumber, you need to put your mind at rest. Here’s how to switch off successfully.

Why do worries always seem to raise their head just as you’re putting yours down on the pillow? If your thoughts keep on racing despite the fact that you’re utterly done in, these simple techniques for winding down will be a life-saver.

Have a regular routine

Getting up and going to bed at the same time every day is the key to a good night’s sleep.

A pre-sleep ritual, be it reading, taking a hot bath, listening to calming music or doing some wind-down yoga (see below), helps to establish a clear association, telling your body it’s time to slow down and relax.

Make a note of your worries during the day

Take 10 or 15 minutes earlier in the day to write down anything that’s worrying you and what you’re going to do about it. Try making a note of the thoughts that pop into your head when you’re lying in bed at night. Later, when you’re in bed and one of these thoughts crops up, mentally check it off – reassuring yourself that you’ve either dealt or are dealing with it.

Busy your brain with mental exercises

If you find there’s an anxiety bubble that you just can’t pop, don’t lie there tossing and turning; distract yourself with a mental exercise. For example, think of an animal, fruit or vegetable for every letter of the alphabet.

This will move the focus away from what’s worrying you.

Try a little wind-down yoga

Here are the three best poses to help you go flat out.


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Legs-up-the-wall pose

For this, you’ll need to make a right angle, with your body flat on the floor and your legs up flat against the wall. Keep your legs straight and your arms by your sides. Breathe deeply, relaxing into the pose and hold for one to five minutes.

Child’s pose

Kneel down with toes touching and knees apart. Lower your torso by stretching out in front of you, bringing your forehead down to rest on the floor, Extend your arms out in front of you. Breathe deeply, relaxing into the pose and hold for at least one minute.

Happy baby pose

Lie flat on your back and pull your knees up to your chest. Stretch your feet up with knees still bent, place your hands on the outsides of your feet, opening your knees wider than your torso. Press your feet into your hands while pulling down to create resistance. Breathe deeply, and hold for up to 1 minute.

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