I enjoy taking occasional power naps after lunch or in the afternoon. I rarely fall asleep, but when I do, it really is refreshing.
One tool I discovered are Binaural Beats:
A binaural beat is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear).
For example, if a 530 Hz pure tone is presented to a subject’s right ear, while a 520 Hz pure tone is presented to the subject’s left ear, the listener will perceive the auditory illusion of a third tone, in addition to the two pure-tones presented to each ear. The third sound is called a binaural beat.Wikipedia
I am using this free 30 minute “Earth Peace” track (via Aubrey Marcus). This track helps me relax and increases my chance of falling asleep.
Keep in mind that you need to set an alarm (for example for 15 or 30 minutes). Or else you might find yourself sleeping for 2 hours, disrupting your day and sleep schedule.
Life is a roller coaster with lots of ups and downs. It sometimes is a struggle to keep a balance, to not get carried away by the extremes.
I have found the following mantra useful:
“This too shall pass.”
It’s a reminder that, given time, most things revert to the mean.
Feeling bad? Having an illness? Stock market crashed? This too shall pass.
Feeling overly euphoric? Too excited? Too good to be true? This too shall pass.
It’s a wonderful tool to keep a more balanced life.
I love having strong habits. At the same time, I find myself breaking those habits all the time. I used to feel bad about it. Not anymore.
When falling off the bandwagon, I usually try to “fake it until I make it”. Just going through the motions without really being present, just to keep the streak going. It doesn’t work.
Then, I discovered that it’s okay to break my habits. I am human. Life can get in the way. Nothing is set in stone.
I have learned to confidently break my habits, because I know that I can get back into the flow very fast, thanks to having a solid foundation. It also feels more refreshing than rigidly trying to “fake it until I make it”.
I now do this more consciously and it works.
1. Set a solid foundation by building strong habits and keeping them going as long as possible.
2. Accept that you are human and that life can get in the way.
3. Confidently break your habits.
4. Get back up and simply continue where you left off.