Friday, June 12, 2009

Sleep Like a Baby


I love seeing a baby who's sleeping but what I love more is to wake them up while they're sleeping. I know that sounds silly but I like it. I like to kiss them and annoy them while they're sleeping. My sister hates me so much when I'm doing it to my nieces, nephews or other babies. When do you see a baby sleeping, do you think that the baby is having a dream just like adults too? I think so, because often I caught them smiling while sleeping. Speaking about sleeping, when was the last time you sleep like a baby? Many adults find it hard to get a good quality sleep. Although we know that a good quality of sleeping is very important. Not because of the length of the sleep but more into how good will you feel after waking up from your sleep. It feels soooo good when we finally able to find time to relax and sleep and waking up freshly. Sleeping is not only good for your health but also for your mind. So, sleep for your body and soul=)

Relaxation is also a uniquely individual activity. Napping or just doing nothing might be your idea of relaxation, but this amount of inactivity might drive someone else crazy. Others may relax by participating in sports or undertaking physical challenges, but some people would find these activities stressful. Whatever your idea of relaxation, the following tips can help you retrain and regain some of those lost relaxation skills:


  1. Give yourself permission for some downtime. Stop ruminating about work or personal problems or tasks. If it helps, make a to-do list of issues and projects and put it aside during your relaxation time. That way, you won't worry about forgetting or neglecting any responsibilities after your break.
  2. Decide if you're interested in a structured relaxation program, such as courses in meditation, yoga, or martial arts. Some may find this kind of training helpful; others may feel that adding another scheduled activity adds to their stress.
  3. Try some short, simple exercises such as the Muscle Relaxation for Stress and Insomnia, Meditation for Reducing Stress and Improving Health, or 3 Minutes to Stress Relief!
  4. Practice other positive health habits such as getting exercise and eating well. The healthier your body is, the better it can function in all areas, including relaxation. An exhausted, "burned out" state isn't going to bring on restorative or strengthening relaxation.

  5. If necessary, force yourself to take emotional time-out for relaxation. Practice shutting out stressful thoughts and images for a few minutes at a time to start out. Imagery exercises (visualizing a comforting or pleasurable setting) or breathing exercises (paying attention to the breathing process and taking slow, deep breaths) can help redirect your thoughts.
  6. Accept help. Talk to a loved one or counselor about your stress. The very act of sharing can provide a much-needed release of anger and frustration.

  7. Don't always equate relaxation with sleep. Particularly if you suffer from stress-induced insomnia, daytime napping can just make your nights more wakeful. Instead, focus on an activity that gives you pleasure.
  8. Remember that the best form of relaxation is finding and participating in something that brings you joy -- whether it be alone or with others, sedentary or active, goal-directed or aimless -- find whatever is it that brings you relaxation and peace.

(source from medicinenet.com-images by Tracy Raver from amolife.com)

2 comments:

Rain said...

I'm not a big baby person, but I do love watching my dogs sleep!

boya arsila said...

I love to annoy my dogs too while they're sleeping=p