*I wrote this blog before my mom's unexpected death. Even with the absolute pain, grief, and exhaustion of losing my mom much too young, I'm still 100% cured from insomnia. I say this because this advice works and should give you hope.*
I truly thought I was cured. I even wrote an article called How to Never Fear Insomnia Again. For six months, I had stopped fearing getting little sleep, wondering if I would cope the next day, and letting go of sleep efforts.
I was functioning better than ever even if I got a night of 4 hours of sleep. I was barely taking any prescription or over the counter medicine. I had nearly stopped tracking what time I needed to go to bed, what time I fell asleep, and how many hours of sleep I got. I had simply accepted what was and let go.
There were times, anxiety would creep up again, yes, but I did a good job of monitoring my thoughts, getting curious about them, and accepting them. Sure, every now and then I would take a nibble (I’m talking like ¼ or ⅛) of my medicine as an act of self care with the intention to calm myself rather than produce sleep.
I had heard about speed bumps. I knew that I would probably get one. But I never expected to fear the speed bump so much.
Lauren Barrett is a multi-passionate mom working to help all parents become their best selves and build positive relationships with their kids through mindful parenting. She has a degree in deaf education and a Master’s in Reading Education. She is a high school teacher of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing by day, a cross country coach by the afternoon, a writer/author by her son's nap times, and a full time mom to an amazing toddler. Lauren is a 3x author of the Add One-A-Day 30 Day Challenge, children's book, Henry's Hiccups, and parenting guide Now What? Mindful Checklists for Life's Hard Parenting Moments, a blogger at Lauren Barrett Writes, and has been published on sites like A Fine Parent, Pregnant Chicken, Pop Sugar, Her View From Home, and Scary Mommy. She loves her faith, running, visiting MLB stadiums with her husband, chocolate, scrapbooking, pretending she would actually do well on the Amazing Race, re-watching The Office, listening to Bobby Bones, and helping out all moms. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, James, and son, Henry. Follow her on Instagram at @laurenbarrettwrites, and get her free guide on what to do during the middle of a tantrum.
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