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April 30, 2019
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Anne Lamott
Unplug from stress? Is it even possible? When the day starts and ends with a long traffic-filled commute to work followed by carpooling the kids to soccer practice, dinner prep and homework, you probably fall into bed exhausted with your heart still racing. It’s hard to get to sleep, hard to unload the day and relax. And, a sleepless night is not what you need!
Sound familiar? This is 21st century stress, a condition we all struggle with when we’re busy and engaged with living. You want to unplug, but it’s not easy. This is when Write To Be Well steps in to help you clear your mind and prepare for sleep. It’s a technique you can use at bedtime or anytime in the day when stress, anxiety and negative thoughts fill your head. Here’s how it works.
Writing gives you space to reflect, understand the day and see the past as well as the future more clearly. By unloading your day, you remove mental blocks and use all your brainpower to better understand yourself, others, and the world around you. Writing is a meditative exercise. It actually helps you breathe more deeply so you can relax. You can write for just 5 minutes or take longer as needed. Follow these 4 prompts to clear your mind and unplug from stress.
1) Write about whatever happened in your day that is still lingering in your mind.
2) What do you value that your stress is undermining? What would life look like without that stress?
3) What can you do differently tomorrow to reduce the stress and improve your outcome?
4) Reflect on what you’ve written. What has your writing revealed about your stress?
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