Can a “Worry Diary” Help You to Get Better Sleep After 60? You Bet!
Have you ever noticed that all of your problems seem worse at night? I have! There have been times in my life when I have laid in bed for hours, tormented by my past and anxious about the future. I’m sure that this is a common experience for many of the women in our community.
So, today, I want to tell you about a simple technique that has helped me to worry less and sleep better – writing in a “worry diary.” If you are wondering how to sleep better after 60, this simple trick is for you!
Your Bed is the Worst Place to Worry
When you think about it, dwelling on your troubles while you are trying to go to sleep is completely unproductive. For starters, our brains just aren’t working at their optimal efficiency when we are tired. So, the chances of you finding practical solutions to your problems are reduced.
In addition, when we are transitioning from being awake to falling asleep, our minds tend to play tricks on us. Most of us see visual images and hear sounds. Our thoughts also tend to be chaotic and fragmented.
“That’s all very well…” you may be thinking. “But, it’s not like I WANT to sit there at night, worrying about my life. It’s just the time when my worries come to me.”
This is a common feeling for most people. The truth, however, is that we have much more control over our worries than we think we do. The trick is to deal when them in a controlled way, when our minds are at our best. Otherwise, our worries will come to us in the only time that we give them – when we are trying to go to sleep. This is where your “worry diary” comes in.
Why Everyone Over 60 Should Use a Worry Diary
You can’t escape from the worries in your life. Whether you like it or not, it is part of human nature to dwell on the past and worry about the future. Of course, some of us worry more than others, but, that’s a different story.
A worry diary is a place that you can write down your concerns, at a time that your mind is best equipped to deal with them. In my case, I find that taking 15 minutes, right after lunch, to write in my worry diary works best. But, ultimately, it’s up to you when to address your fears.
Some people claim that simply writing your worries down in your diary will be sufficient to keep them from entering your mind at night. Personally, I prefer a more proactive approach. Next to each of my worries, I write down one small task that I can do to move closer to a solution.
Keep in mind that I’m not talking about big commitments here. If I was worried about my weight, I wouldn’t join a gym on a whim. Instead, I would schedule time, later in the day, to take a 15 minute walk. You would be amazed by the difference that small daily habits can have in your life. If you are looking for a place to start in establishing better habits, please read this article.
Your Worry Diary Can Also be Your Anxiety Shield at Night
In addition to helping you to deal with your worries during the day, your worry diary can also serve as a self-defense tool at night. No matter how hard you try to structure your “worry time,” you are bound to have concerns and anxieties creep into your head at night.
This is why I keep my worry diary on the table next to my bed. Whenever a worry pops into my head, I simply jot it down in my diary and promise myself that I will deal with it in the morning. This might sound disruptive, but, it is actually quite effective.
I hope that this simple technique helps you to get the restful sleep that you deserve. Quality sleep is an essential part of living a happy life after 60 and your “worry diary” should be an important tool in your sleep toolbox.
Do you have a worry diary? Have you found that it has been effective in helping you to sleep better? What other advice would you offer the women in our community who may be struggling to get to sleep at night? Please join the conversation and “like” and share this article to keep the discussion going!