Be honest with me ‘Sista.
Do you ever lay in bed ruminating on a negative event only to spiral into a space where sleep just ‘aint gonna happen?
Yup. Me too.
Here’s a great little practice I use from the HeartMath Institute called “Attitude Breathing” and it works really well.
Once in bed, close your eyes and gently tell yourself you aren’t going to overdramatize anything that happened during the day. Use the heart-focused technique called Attitude Breathing™. These steps can help you create a coherent heart rhythm that can facilitate deeper and more effective sleep:
- Recognize a feeling or attitude that you want to change and identify a replacement attitude.
- Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual. Suggestion: Inhale 5 seconds, exhale 5 seconds (or whatever rhythm is comfortable)
- Breathe the feeling of the new attitude slowly and casually through your heart area.
Practice the this exercise for a few minutes.
Coherent heart rhythms help release beneficial hormones that reduce stress and restore your system.
Sending you love and inspiration as you rock your world,