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Well... Here I was thinking that today would help me get bac

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Well... Here I was thinking that today would help me get back to a normal sleeping pattern. The documentation I needed to provide to the school I am attending was provided and instead of receiving what I needed to continue the process, I received push back. Things that don't quite appear to be as they would like. I have to explain my reasons, fix the one thing I can and trust the rest in God's hands. This won't do much for my sleeping, no. I have spent the day between a state of anxiety and numbness. I prefer numb at this point.

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Jul 13

I am sorry you're going through a time of insomnia and challenges! Have you ever heard of dialectical behavior therapy? There's a lot of really useful tools I use to rest even when I can't sleep. One is to deep breath...5 deep breaths in through nose and 7 count exhale through mouth. Do this calm and slowly for at least 3 times. Then as you breath imagine a stream or river with leaves floating bye or big white puffy clouds in a deep blue sky. Every time a thought crosses your mind through that thought or word onto a leaf or cloud and watch it float or drift away. If the thought wants to keep coming back and won't drift away then imagine a file cabinet, file box, etc and put that thought in that place. Tell yourself it's time to rest and you'll revisit that when you can do something about it. Then get back to your stream or sky. It really is odd how it works. I hear you say you trust in God. My favorite tool is prayer. I will take the moments of insomnia as opportunity to pray without ceasing. I have learned, by living with insomnia for years, if I try to fight it and worry about the lack of sleep I don't get I am worn out when I wake. If I tell myself I will prayerfully meditate and give my cares over as well as use the opportunity to pray for others and anything I'm worried about then I am resting. The brain goes into a meditative state and rests even though you are still awake. I pray you will feel the peace that surpasses all understanding! I hope all goes well with the school documentation! There are times in life that seem to be non stop tests. I try to remind myself of the last time I was tested or had many issues hit at once...I survived, I thrived, and I'm an overcomer. This time will be no different! Someday we'll look back and say "Remember how hard that seemed...It all worked out!" You are more than a conquerer! Big hugs!

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Jul 16

@PeaceBwU Hi, thank you for taking the time. I have heard of it, it's part of my therapy, I love DBT. Changed my life, however, sometimes yes, being human the issues at hand get the best of me and I give into the anxiety. But thank you for reminding me that this technique is actually very powerful. I might have to use it for quite a while but I intend to push through. It does feel like test after test, but after the hard part was over I have been telling myself that the air will be fresher, and my heart at ease once everything is good to go. It will be a conquering in every sense of the word.

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Jul 17

In times of anxiety and insomnia it's not uncommon to feel so exhausted we hear the lies we must be crazy because we're having to fight so hard for our thoughts to counter the negative. We can have all the tools in the world and someone can easily say use your tools. I get the battle to use them, at times. It is hard work at times. Sometimes, every second of the day. However, I try to remember this is an enemy we fight for the territory of our mind. If this were a tangible war for our lives we would use whatever means as often as necessary to win, right? It's no different here. It helps me to remind myself these things so I don't give into exhaustion or lies about the need to combat. I also hope that for those of us that have to fight these extra special fights must have a special gift and calling on our lives. We are more than conquerors! Big hugs!

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