What To Do If CBT Doesn’t Work For My Insomnia?
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by Marie Link
6h ago
The traditional, non-drug approach to treating insomnia is cognitive behavioral therapy CBT (or CBTI, where the I stands for insomnia). CBT aims to eliminate insomnia by challenging your beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and actions that may cause sleep problems. The focus is on cognitive restructuring, which is confronting your negative thoughts and changing them. But what if this approach of challenging your difficult inner experiences doesn’t work for you? What if you’ve tried all the different sleep hygiene methods or got out of bed at night when awake for more than 20 minutes, but the same unh ..read more
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Why Is Your Mind Not Always Your Friend (But Also Not Your Enemy)?
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by Marie Link
4d ago
“You are so stupid!” Does your mind ever say things like that to you? Take a minute to think about other unhelpful, not-so-nice things your mind is sometimes doing. For example; Has it ever compared you to others or judged your efforts, or told you that you couldn’t do what you want to do?  Does it still attract negative thoughts from the past?  Do you find yourself criticizing your life as it is now, conjuring up experiences that would make you much happier if you changed it?  Do you sometimes find yourself drawn to scary situations in the future, warning you of the potential ..read more
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What To Do When Difficult Decisions Keep You Up At Night?
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by Marie Link
2w ago
During my insomnia phase of several years, lying awake for hours with all kinds of thoughts running through my head, one was the most lingering: the decision of whether to quit my stressful, unfulfilling job and leave the place I didn’t like or should I still hang in there?  It was a dilemma because there seemed to be no right answer. My thoughts ran at full speed, making sleep a distant prospect. This intensified my daily fear of not being able to sleep before going to bed, kicking off the typical vicious circle of insomnia! Even if that one thought wasn’t the main reason for my sleeples ..read more
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Why ‘Stop Worrying’ Is Not The Solution
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by Marie Link
3w ago
Don’t worry about it! How often have you heard this supposedly helpful advice? Isn’t that our motto when we try to stop worrying?  However, this don’t-worry-strategy is troublesome and, in most cases, makes your situation worse in the long run because it’s a method of suppressing worry and distracting yourself by trying not to think about it. It gives you short-term relief if you’re lucky, but the worries return with a vengeance in the long run.  The same is true of rumination. But, unfortunately, these mental processes we all get caught up in are not so easy to stop. It’s possible t ..read more
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Why Making Dramatic Change Isn’t Helpful
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by Marie Link
5M ago
Isn’t it that when life doesn’t meet our expectations, it’s often tempting to think of dramatic changes?  We start fantasizing about quitting our jobs and going to a silent retreat in Bali. Or we think about what it might be like to leave our partners and rebuild our identities in a faraway place. However, these massive changes then seem so daunting that we end up doing nothing and remain in our unhappy state.  And in those cases where we follow the impulse to turn our world upside down, we often find that the reality of our new situation doesn’t match our expectations and that our p ..read more
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Deep Breathing – How To Tap Into Your Most Crucial Energy Source Now
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by Marie Link
5M ago
Did you know that your breath is THE essential energy source available to you because it affects all the different dimensions of your life – your mind, body, spirit, health performance, and emotions? That’s why everybody should be taking advantage of it. Why is deep breathing good for stress management? Unfortunately, we are bombarded with numerous stress-inducing factors every day. From the continuous pressure at work to the obligations at home that never seem to end – life is tough. Yet stressors don’t just have to be small things that accumulate over time. It can also be a significant life ..read more
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The Real Reason Why Reducing Social Media Intake Before Bedtime Is Crucial
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by Marie Link
8M ago
You probably know the well-documented warning that the blue light emitted from our screens inhibits our melatonin levels – a chemical that tells us it’s time to go to sleep. But there’s another, maybe much more crucial reason you should reduce social media usage, especially before bed – our tendency to social comparison. The happy, shiny life of others can make us feel inferior We’ve all been there. As you lie awake in bed doing a quick scroll through Instagram, you look at others’ happy posts and photos polished to a shine and think that your life is a bit dull in comparison. For example, a c ..read more
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A Simple Way To Regain Control Over Your Racing Mind At Night (And During The Day)
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by Marie Link
8M ago
Racing thoughts can manifest themselves in different ways. Sometimes they take the form of ruminating when you can’t stop repeatedly going over the same negative thoughts. Another form is processing, where you revisit sources of stress or anxiety. You may be rehashing and processing an event over and over again, but there seems to be no obvious solution. So it comes back to the forefront of your thoughts – especially during quiet times at night – after being temporarily repressed. And then there is the movie screen: You may experience your thought process like a film that plays in your head at ..read more
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Self-Curing Insomnia: Start By Asking Yourself These 4 Crucial Questions
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by goodsleepanywhere
1y ago
Trying to cure insomnia yourself is a challenge. Many people who try don’t know how to go about it and quickly lose heart.  In my experience, it helps you start by asking yourself the right questions because that way, you focus on what matters. It allows you to begin to observe aspects of your life that are crucial to your healing journey and that you might otherwise overlook.  What questions should you ask yourself when self-curing insomnia? There is a specific sequence of questions that typically yield a lot of helpful information: What are you looking for when curing insomnia? Wh ..read more
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Why Trying To Directly Improve Your Sleep Is The Wrong Approach For Curing Insomnia
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by goodsleepanywhere
1y ago
Anyone who studies insomnia in more depth comes across traditional approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI), which is designed to help you identify thoughts and behaviors that hinder your sleep and replace them with those that promote healthy sleep. In other words, these approaches to treating insomnia are primarily about changing your actions or thoughts that may interfere with your ability to sleep well, while developing habits that promote healthy sleep patterns, including stimulus control – using the bed only for sleep and sex, and not reading, watching TV, or doin ..read more
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