Loretta Laroche: How to relieve the strain on your brain
How often have you gotten into bed, and then been at the mercy of invading thoughts that remind you of all the things you haven’t done, or individuals with whom you have issues.
Insomnia is a side effect of stress.
Just the tip of the iceberg, there is a vast menu of dark thoughts that love to creep through our brains like scary characters from horror flicks.
Oh I’m sure there are times when your brain is reviewing good times or events you’re looking forward to experiencing.
For the most part, however, the inability to fall asleep, the tossing and turning, or waking up intermittently is not connected to feelings of joy. Fear is the antagonist. Our reptilian brain is always ready to feed us information that makes us feel like we’re being stalked by a saber tooth tiger.
As a result we forget that we need to tap into and rely more on our rational brain that is the seat of reasoning. You might want to start practicing how to defend yourself against your irrational thoughts. Ask yourself questions that can bring you solutions rather than problems.
How bad is the situation?
Are you so down and out that you will have to start tap dancing between two doors somewhere in your downtown area for nickels and dimes?
A little humor always helps with perspective.
Are there people in your life who can give you more positive insights?
What kinds of strengths do you possess to get you through troublesome times? We are so much more resilient than we could ever imagine.
Create a particular time during the day to worry. By doing this, your mind might leave you alone at night.
Make sure you don’t watch the news or violent films before you go to bed. What’s the point?
Get fresh air, eat healthy food, exercise, laugh, pray, meditate, and be with those you love and who love you. These are the things that help you get to sleep well.
Author, humorist, PBS star and Fortune 500 trainer Loretta LaRoche lives in Plymouth. To share your pet peeves, questions or comments, write to The Humor Potential, 50 Court St., Plymouth, 02360, send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the web site at www.stressed.com, or call toll-free 1-800-99-TADAH (82324).