Do you know that anxiety about sleeping causing insomnia? Try 6 ways to be present and stop that anxiety.

living in the moment

Most of the time, what we worry about is bearing on to something either in the past, or something that hasn’t happened. My anxiety about sleeping causing insomnia because that feeling keeps me awake every night. The only way to get out is to focus on my true inner peace, in this moment.

Living in the here and now erases all such thoughts. Why worry about something in the past that we can’t ever change? Why worry about something that we’re not even sure will happen or not? This is why in the here and now, you find true inner peace. In the present moment, there are no troubles and no concerns. There’s only stillness, and it’s within that still that you can expose peace. I used to be such a person that worried day in and day out, to the point where I had difficulty sleeping. This made me realize that anxiety about sleeping causing my insomnia.

When people suggest that I “live in the moment” I understand the concept and can realize the value. But I secretly wonder, “How on earth do you really do that?” 

I spent one of the last glorious days of summer lazing on the beach with a dear friend. We were relishing in the final rays of the afternoon sun when the conversation turned to his single status. He shared with me that an old lady friend, currently married was possibly about to be single again. Acknowledging he had a “thing” for this woman in the past, and a want to be in a relationship now, I was all over the “potential” that they may yet wind up together. 

Feeling his overt lack of exuberance over my colorfully painted vision of his future, I asked him what was up; to which he answered, “I don’t live in the past or the future, I live in the moment”. 

“Live in the moment? What the heck does that mean? How do you do that?” I retorted, with plenty of exhilaration in my voice. He told me he didn’t know how he did it, he just did. 

As afternoon fleeted into evening his answer stayed with me. I started wondering why I so automatically move out of the present and into the future. I put myself in his shoes and envisaged how I may deal with the same state of affairs. 

I ascertained that I leave the present and go into the future to protect myself. If I run all the conceivable scenarios through my mind, good or bad, and “prepare” myself for what may be, I figure, fore warned is fore armed? Correct? Well, perhaps not. 

Now, let this be said, I’m not stating planning’s a bad thing, or daydreaming for that matter. But it doesn’t escape my notice that a lot of the future “proposing” I do isn’t peaceful. 

How do you really live in the moment?

Here are 6 ways I’ve learned that help me stay a bit longer in this very moment. 

1. Ask yourself “Is this the only hypothesis?”. When you discover yourself envisaging fearful scenarios ask yourself, “Is this the only hypothesis?” Search for what else could be true, instead of what you fear. 

2. Worry doesn’t help, so why waste your time. Remind yourself that worrying about the time to come or regretting the past isn’t going to change what has or is going to happen. 

3. Trust yourself. Do you have a profound trust that whatever happens you’re going to be ok? Can you discover times from your past that serve as grounds that this is true? If so, draw on that experience. 

4. Are your basic needs met, does your life work? Often we move into the future as we think it will be better there. Think about addressing whatever isn’t in balance so it will become suitable to be more in the now. 

5. Practice the mightiness of the present. Centre on something positive or beautiful right here and now and breathe it in. Let yourself amply feel it. 

6. Then, be willing to let go of that also and march on to the next moment. 

As you become calmer, as the stress is drained away and you are left with a tranquil feeling of inner peace, you will be happy. No matter what happens, you will be calm and happy. And in the exciting moments, you will be extra happy. 

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