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Fishful Thinking: Fishful …Sleeping?

I’ve been having a hard time falling to sleep lately. And once I finally do, someone in the house usually wakes up … which means that I’m up again. As I was browsing through the Fishful Thinking site the other day, I came across an article on Relaxation Techniques.

Relaxation techniques often can help people with sleep problems get a good night’s sleep. Several relaxation techniques are listed [on the site].

  • Progressive Relaxation
  • Toe Tensing
  • Deep Breathing
  • Guided Imagery
  • Quiet Ears

The funny thing is, I’ve tried most of these! I totally remember my Mom using Progressive Relaxation with me. (And, remembering that it felt silly at the time *grin* – Sorry Mom!!) It’s great to have this resource as a reminder of things that have worked in the past, and as a toolbox full of ideas that I haven’t tried yet (like Quiet Ears).

And then I found the Controlled Breathing exercise to go along with it.

Relaxation strategies, like controlled breathing, can help you manage stress, create a sense of calm, and increase your overall resilience. The more you practice relaxation strategies, the more effective they will become. They’re great for the whole family and can be easily incorporated into bedtime routines.

Now, I realize that while these will help me to relax and even fall to sleep, they won’t help with the interrupted sleep … unless I can get them to work on the kids as well! Wish me luck 🙂

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