Control of life sounds useful, “so how do I do that?” you may ask.
Firstly, you need to implement some good lifestyle habits.
& stick to them.
You need a good, regular sleep routine. That entails a regular bedtime and wake time. That means good sleep hygiene. Mathew Walker’s book is an excellent guide here. In essence though, cut the alcohol, caffeine and bright lights at least two hours before bedtime.
Clear your head before bedtime. Accept you can’t solve anything at 2am and with less sleep, you’ve less capacity to attempt to solve it in the morning. Write things that bother you down. Pick these back up in the morning.
Empower yourself with skills to tackle life’s issues, utilise assistance from many sources (friends, family, books, the internet etc) to help you feel capable to get things done.
A clear head will make sleep far more achievable.
Look forward to bedtime. Sleep is healing and boosts your cognitive and physical abilities. Welcome it, don’t fight it.
Implement these ideas and you’ll feel a great deal better. If you already do them, help others to follow suit by sharing your experiences.
More tips on how to feel genuinely in control of life to come in the following weeks…