How to Switch Off… When Your Mind is Racing

We’ve all been there, gone to bed after a busy day, our mind is racing and we struggle to get to sleep. Over the years I’ve gone through periods of this – buzzing from the day’s activities and finding it hard to switch off. But a good night’s sleep is one of the most crucial elements in preparing you for the day ahead – especially when you’re making big decisions or need to be super sharp and on the ball. So if counting sheep fails you, here are just a few things that have worked for me:

1. Turn your tech off! While technology has made working remotely easier, the downside to this is that we’re subjected to information overload. If you’d like to wind down properly, turn your technology off to resist the temptation to check your emails one last time before bed, even put your phone or tablet in another room if necessary. Not only will the influx of information keep your brain ticking over, but the backlighting on technology has been known to prevent us being able to rest. So take a tech break!

2. Have a bedside notepad. If you do wake in the night, have a pen and notebook ready for you to jot down your ideas and revisit them in the morning. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep because of all the ideas whirring around, having something within easy reach to jot them down on means I’m less likely to obsess over them continually and more likely to get some sleep.

3. Curb the caffeine! Our coffee-fuelled society sustained by a coffee shop on every corner means that grabbing a latte-to-go has for some become a habit. However, try to keep to a morning coffee only. This gives you the boost you’ll need in the morning, but should be a long enough gap that it’s out of your system by bedtime.

4. Wind down before bed. Don’t go from the office (home or work) straight into bed, it’s important that you have some work-free relaxation before bed. Whether it’s reading a few pages of a book or magazine or listening to some music. Try to give your brain an opportunity to switch off work mode before you hit the hay.

5. Set business hours. Establish your own working hours, and stick to them. Set the same expectations on your own business as you would for someone else’s – where you wouldn’t expect them to be contactable at all hours. While work is important, try to give yourself a work-life balance.

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