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What To Do When Worry Keeps You Awake
We may have outgrown our fear of monsters hiding under the bed, but nighttime anxiety continues to keep many of us awake long past lights out. According to the American Psychological Association, 43 percent of Americans say stress has caused them to lie awake at night at least once a month.

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One of the most common difficulties with getting to sleep is people just can’t turn their minds off. According to the American Psychological Association, 43 percent of Americans say stress has caus...

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Encourage positive distractions

Focusing all your attention on how you can’t get to sleep will only make sleep more difficult. Instead, distract yourself with engaging imagery, involving as many as your senses as possible.

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Allow worrisome thoughts

If you’re unable to sleep because you’re fixated on something stressful that’s happening the next day, it’s common to want to push those thoughts from your mind. However, doing so may hurt more tha...

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Practice nightly mindfulness

Often when we’re wide awake worrying, we’re focused on something that’s happening in the future. Mindfulness can be a powerful antidote as it directs your attention towards what’s happening in the ...

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Stress, worry and anxiety can be helped by regular exercise, a nutritious diet and an ample amount of sleep.

    Limit the time spent reading news

    “Headline anxiety” is a growing problem. 

    One way to reduce the impact of the non-stop news cycle is to use screen-time trackers, available for most smartphones, to limit...

    Turn off push notifications

    If the urge to scroll is too strong to resist, then at least turning off your push notifications from news apps can stop you from being assailed with breaking events. 

    Read the good news

    If we focus on the bigger picture, such as the proportion of people living in extreme poverty halving in the past 20 years, it may be easier to remain optimistic. 

    Seek another perspective. If you hear about something terrible, ask yourself: "if there had been a positive improvement, would I have heard about that?”

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