– Challenge yourself to stay awake
When you actively tell your brain not to do something, it automatically wants to do it. Like if you say, “I don’t want to see fruit”, your brain is going to show images of fruit. So if you try to not think about something, you will think about it.
-Use your Body’s Built in Tranquilizer
Your body has a built in tranquilizer: your breath. You just have to use it the correct way. Every emotional state has a different breathing pattern, Take control of your breath by simply box breathing for 10-15 minutes.
How to box breathe:
Sit straight and exhale, release all air inside
Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, down to the diaphragm
Count to four in your head on the inhale
Hold your breath for a count of four, emptying all the air
Exhale for a count of four
Hold again and do this about 4 times
-Tell yourself a story
Why does this work? Stories help us make sense of our lives and the world around us. If you deliberately put your brain into storytelling mode, it will know its time to sleep and create a relaxation response.
-Take a mental vacation
Go to your happy place. Imagine yourself sitting on the beach, a bonfire burning away all the worries you ever had. See the waves of the ocean making that soothing noise; feel a nice, cool breeze blowing on your face. Feel your hands touching the sand and looking into the horizon, seeing the waves crashing onto the shore.
-Do a headstand
Sounds ridiculous, right? Headstands circulate fresh blood to the master glands in your brain – hypothalamus and pituitary, which control all other glands in our body. It also cleanses and detoxifies the adrenal glands, making us think positive thoughts and gets rid of depressing thoughts.