Insomnia is annoying, it is even worse when you actually have something important to do the next day. Insomnia is a disorder that causes difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Insomnia, in the way I am using the term, is just general sleeplessness. Every once in a while when I find myself awake in the middle of the night, it is difficult to get back to a level of sleep where I am comfortable. The interesting thing about non chronic insomnia is how it can be directly tied to the important tasks for the next day that it is now hampering. Often times the only thing actually keeping you awake is thoughts of the next day, and stress only makes things worse. Insomnia is the mind’s way of telling you it is not done plotting, and no matter how hard you try to fight the beast that is sleeplessness, it is not an easy battle to win. In my nights of insomnia I have found a few ways to combat the lack of sleep, but I feel the best solution to insomnia is learning to relax. While I continue to work on my relaxation techniques, I generally try to just bore myself to sleep, I tend to find a topic or activity that will put my mind to work without overstimulating it, eventually I always end up knocking out. Insomnia is a common problem but it doesn’t have to be debilitating, if you ever find yourself lying awake at night, just relax and know that worrying never fixed anyone’s issues, so it is best to just get to sleep.
I always wonder why people have so much hate for rainy days, there is nothing so terrible about seeing water falling from the sky. Rain is something that has been enjoyed and even revered for centuries, it signifies new beginnings and also growth. In recent times rain has been given a bad name due to the fact that it often comes with clouds and also because it usually means plans have been cancelled. Many sporting events, parades, and festive outings are either postponed or completely ruined by the presence of rain, but in my opinion, events can be enhanced by a little intervention form Mother Nature. I love rain, I mean, I wouldn’t want rain on my wedding day, but I just really enjoy walking around in the rain. I feel like the streets are more peaceful in the rain, especially in the city since people try to avoid it. On a rainy day I don’t feel mopey or down, I like to look at a rainy day as a chance to enjoy a pseudo private tour of a park or wherever I may be exploring for the day. Rain doesn’t always have to mean plans are ruined, as they say “when life gives you lemons…” It is best to look at rain as a chance to modify plans and probably explore new things. Today, on this rainy Sunday, rather than staying in, try taking a walk in the park, it is much more peaceful in the rain.
A good friend of mine once told me I “need to learn how to relax.” Me? The most easy going guy around, it seemed shocking but there is actually some weight to his assertion. While many people consider me calm, carefree, and even keeled, I am constantly working on something internally. I always have some sort of project that needs to be dealt with and I don’t seem to have the capacity to “put it away” until it is complete. As calm as I am, my ideal level of relaxation is enjoying a rowdy sporting event, or listening to the complicated beats of EDM (electronic dance music). Relaxation to me is an activity, I have to actively keep myself from thinking about the “important” things in life in order to stay relaxed, perhaps this is anxiety rather than relaxation. In order to relax, one must realize the importance of relaxation, it’s actually good for the heart, the mind, the body, everything. Humans need to rest in order to work effectively, and ever reach their highest potential. I have decided to take today as a total relaxation day, and it has been most enjoyable. In order to stave off the thoughts of “important objectives,” I have decided to work on fun and interesting tasks that kept me busy but still subdued my thoughts of other things, less “fun” things. I guess the gist of this posting is you need to learn to relax, take a day off and enjoy life. There is no reason to be miserable while working your way towards happiness.